Thanks to our expansive communication infrastructure, we are in the ideal position to work for the less fortunate in our society. We do this via AirCares.
How does it work? Well, it’s very simple: as a Flying Blue member, you can donate Award Miles to AirCares, which are then redeemed for cash by KLM and put to good use with charities. In this way, targeted help is given to specially selected aid organisations, which in turn do everything to improve the lives of less fortunate children in our society
GET IT DONE
GET IT DONE is a global community that uses social media to create, promote and support small-scale development projects around the world. The organisation acts as a link between grassroots basic human needs projects and individuals worldwide, creating personal connections between supporters and project owners.
Small local organisations and individuals can submit a project to the platform, from a clean drinking water programme to a new school construction project.
GET IT DONE and KLM share the common goal of connecting pragmatic and genuine people - and together making a difference.
Since January 2012, GET IT DONE has been an official AirCares project of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. One of the ways KLM supports GET IT DONE is by mobilizing its vast social community.
For more information please visit www.getitdone.org
Wings of Support
Wings of Support is a private initiative that was set up by KLM and Martinair employees. In countries to which KLM and Martinair fly, the organisation supports children in dire need of proper housing and education. The purpose of the Wings of Support organisation, which is made up of 80 volunteers, is to improve the living circumstances of these children within their own environment and in a sustainable way. Since its foundation in 1998, Wings of Support has supported more than 300 projects worldwide.
For more information: www.wingsofsupport.org
Good medical care is not always available in many parts of the world. In Kenya, around 12 million people depend on only one teaching hospital that lacks sufficient financial funding, medical personnel and equipment. This is why the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam initiated Doctor2Doctor. As part of this project, the VUmc frequently sends doctors, nurses and medical technicians to Kenya where they conduct surgical procedures, train local medical professionals, and explain how to use the medical equipment that has been flown in. The VUmc also invites Kenyan doctors to the Netherlands to acquire knowledge and experience here that they can then share with their colleagues in Kenya. Kenya Airways and KLM Health Services are closely involved with Doctor2Doctor: ten kidney dialysis machines and a large team from the VUmc were flown to Kenya at no charge for example.
For more information: www.vumc.nl (in Dutch)
Close the gap
Close the Gap is a Belgian non-profit organisation set up in 2003 to reduce the digital gulf between developed and developing countries. The organisation does this by collecting used computers from large companies and making them available for reuse in developing countries across the world. These computers help people in poorer countries to access information on the Internet and provide them with the opportunity to communicate via the Internet. The computers are primarily used for educational purposes.
For more information: www.close-the-gap.org