Aviation Without Borders
The Dutch organisation Luchtvaart Zonder Grenzen (Aviation Without Borders) is an association of enthusiastic volunteers employed within the aviation sector, who offer their collective knowledge, contacts and facilities for humanitarian purposes around the world.
It was formed in 1988, taking its initiative from Aviation Sans Frontières in France, and immediately went into action, supplying light aircraft for the United Nations to distribute aid during the famine in Sudan. Luchtvaart Zonder Grenzen (LZG) lends its expertise and contacts within the sector to facilitate small-scale projects.
It mediates in the provision of about 60 volunteers and light aircraft to developing countries, arranges freight transport of all sorts of aid and medical equipment, and provides escorts for unaccompanied children on long journeys by air, to undergo an operation for example. Within The Netherlands, LZG organises an annual ‘I Can Fly Day’ for sick and handicapped children, who get to fly as passengers in a light aircraft, among other activities.
Luchtvaart Zonder Grenzen operates wholly irrespective of race, religion, ideology or political persuasion.
For more information: www.luchtvaartzondergrenzen.nl
Doctor 2 Doctor
Working under the name of "Doctor 2 Doctor - Flying Expertise Overseas" The VU Medical Center pediatric unit and KLM AirCares collaborate to create long-lasting improvements to medical care for children in Kenya. With KLM's help, pediatricians from the VUmc travel to Kenya, volunteering to help colleagues at the Moi Referral and Teaching Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya to help them broaden their medical skills. The VUmc also sends medical literature to the teaching hospital and invites Kenyan doctors to Amsterdam to amass knowledge and skill. And, since 2007, the program has been treating Kenyan children with difficult conditions at the VUmc in Amsterdam.
For more information about Doctor 2 Doctor look at: www.VUmc.nl/d2d
Wings of Support
The Wings of Support initiative was launched by employees at KLM and Martinair. The organization consists of 80 volunteers, who help needy children at KLM and Martinair destinations worldwide. Wings of Support aims to improve the quality of the lives of children in their own living environment.
Wings of Support was established 10 years ago. This provided reason enough for KLM AirCares to select a Wings of Support project as AirCares charity for the last quarter of 2008, and to make Wings of Support an ongoing AirCares-goal.
Visit www.wingsofsupport.org for more information about Wings of Support.
Close the Gap
Close the Gap, founded in 2003, is a Belgian nonprofit organization working to shorten the distance between developed and developing nations in terms of computer hardware and know-how. They do this by collecting used computers from large companies and making them usable in developing nations around the world. With the help of these computers, people in poorer countries can gain access to all the information available on the Internet and have the ability to communicate digitally. The computers are used chiefly for education. KLM is one company that donates computers to Close the Gap. However, computers alone are not enough. A great deal must be done to get all this equipment working and then move it to its final destination. That is where you come in.
For more information about Close the Gap visit their website: www.close-the-gap.org