• MAF operations in Bangladesh close

    MAF operations in Bangladesh close

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    Following 25 years of service, MAF operations in Bangladesh have come to an end. Significant infrastructure development including the opening of the Padma Bridge, which connects the southwest of the country to the north and east, has revolutionised transport links leading to less reliance on MAF. As MAF winds up its activities, we look back on what the charity has achieved in Bangladesh...

  • Expectant mothers in rural PNG benefit from MAF’s new solar power project

    Expectant mothers in rural PNG benefit from MAF’s new solar power project

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    PNG ranks in bottom half of global maternal mortality index according to World Bank data. Rural areas without reliable electricity pose the greatest danger to women in labour. MAF is partnering with Dr Freda Wemin to roll out ‘Mama’s Waiting Hut’ initiative, which uses solar power to light remote clinics, making childbirth safer. MAF’s Joy Suarkia reports…

  • MAF upgrades electrics for isolated South Sudan hospital as malaria cases soar

    MAF upgrades electrics for isolated South Sudan hospital as malaria cases soar

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    St Theresa’s Hospital in Nzara, Western Equatoria State, treats around 20,000 patients per year. As one of the few functioning hospitals in the region, St Theresa’s is a lifesaver, treating a range of conditions including seasonal malaria. On 28 June, MAF engineer Phil Buhler upgraded the electrics, to better serve remote communities. MAF’s Jenny Davies reports…

  • Former child soldier Grace meets sponsor for the first time thanks to MAF

    Former child soldier Grace meets sponsor for the first time thanks to MAF

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    On 7 July, following many years of sponsorship, Rebecca Cummings from Four Corners Ministries boards a MAF flight and meets former Ugandan child soldier Grace for the first time. They meet at a Christian women’s empowerment conference in Abaana’s Hope near Gulu, northern Uganda. MAF’s Jill Vine was there…

  • Educating Arnhem Land: ‘Without MAF, it’s difficult for kids to get to school’

    Educating Arnhem Land: ‘Without MAF, it’s difficult for kids to get to school’

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    Half of MAF’s flights in Arnhem Land – in Australia’s Northern Territory wilderness – support education. In recent years, MAF has expanded its routes outside of Arnhem Land, enabling hundreds more indigenous students to access a ‘culturally appropriate’ education. This would not be possible without MAF pilots Tim Vallance-Webb and Matt Henderson…

  • Hope finally arrives at Wetap as latest bush airstrip opens in PNG

    Hope finally arrives at Wetap as latest bush airstrip opens in PNG

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    Work first began in Wetap in 2016. Six years later, following an airstrip extension, two years of travel restrictions, several aerial surveys, ground inspections and a test flight, Wetap Airstrip is finally open for business. MAF’s Mandy Glass reveals just what it takes to reach this momentous moment and why this new airstrip will transform lives in future…

  • MAF delivers food aid to Suriname in response to ‘unprecedented floods’

    MAF delivers food aid to Suriname in response to ‘unprecedented floods’

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    Rainy season in South America’s Suriname is nothing new, but this year’s water levels have reached a new high causing more devastation than ever before. In response, MAF is partnering with the national disaster response agency ‘NCCR’ delivering food to far-flung people affected by the floods. MAF’s Helmer Maas updates Claire Gilderson on the relief effort so far…

  • MAF offers hope to PNG’s prisoners as global rate of female inmates rises

    MAF offers hope to PNG’s prisoners as global rate of female inmates rises

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    Over the past 20 years, the number of female prisoners around the world has increased by 33% according to new research by Penal Reform International. Papua New Guinea is reportedly home to some of the most under-resourced prisons in the world, even more reason for MAF’s Harriëtte Knigge to visit the female inmates every week…

  • MAF’s Cabin Crew volunteers – the real stars of the show

    MAF’s Cabin Crew volunteers – the real stars of the show

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    Since ‘Big Church Festival’ started in 2009, MAF has been sharing its story of help, hope and healing with festival goers yet to hear about the world’s largest humanitarian airline. This wouldn't be possible without the support of volunteers who sacrifice their time every year. MAF’s Claire Gilderson chats to this year’s Cabin Crew during Volunteers’ Week…

  • MAF launches zipwire and cube challenge at long-awaited Big Church Festival

    MAF launches zipwire and cube challenge at long-awaited Big Church Festival

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    Following a two year wait, over 30,000 people descended upon Big Church Festival during the Jubilee weekend to watch their favourite artists and – more importantly – try the ‘Big MAF Take Off’ and ‘MAF Cube’. These new attractions proved popular with 1,800 people flying down the zipwire and 77 teams tackling the cube. MAF’s Claire Gilderson reports…

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