Emirates makes big difference in peoples' lives of 12 countries with Skywards Miles

Bangladesh is the biggest beneficiary with over 66,000 peoples' lives and livelihood positively impacted by customer and corporate support
- A Monitor Desk Report 08 May, 2020 | 784 Views|-+
Dhaka: Thanks to customer donations, the Emirates Airline Foundation used a staggering 132 million Skywards Miles last year to positively impact the lives and livelihoods of more than 90,000 people, mainly children, living in some of the most impoverished communities worldwide. In the same period – from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 – the Foundation also donated more than AED 6.5 million to 22 projects in 12 countries. The Foundation supported over 60,000 people in Bangladesh through regular medical missions at remote char areas in North Bengal and in refugee camps.

The Foundation, a vital heartbeat of the airline established in 2003, routinely supports 32 projects and non-government organisations (NGOs) in 18 countries worldwide through customer donations, corporate sponsorships and Emirates funds. Support ranges from absorbing all annual running expenses and building infrastructure to running feeding and medical programmes, paying salaries and covering other ad hoc expenses.

The Foundation also appeals to Emirates’ customers to donate Skywards Miles, small change inflight, and funds on its website.

Last year, the Foundation used 132 million donated Skywards Miles to support travel for 35 NGOs on more than 50 medical missions; four NGOs on five engineering missions; and one NGO on two educational missions. The top five countries with the largest beneficiaries were: Bangladesh – more than 66,000 people; South Africa – around 7,900; Uganda – around 5,500; Tanzania – around 2,900; and Ghana – 2,000.

Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline and Chairman, Emirates Airline Foundation, said, “Emirates always looks for meaningful ways in which we can contribute to the local and global communities we serve, whether by sponsoring world-class sports and cultural events, supporting trade and tourism, or community causes. The Emirates Airline Foundation is our passion project, and we work with like-minded partners and NGOs globally who aim to reach out to the neglected, ignored, and the poorest communities on the planet."

“Rather than just donating food to feed the hungry, the Foundation provides children with holistic care – including food, clothing, shelter, medical support and an education – that transforms lives, creates livelihoods, helps sustain communities, and leads to a fairer, more just world. And we are helping our customers connect to these communities when they donate funds or their Skywards Miles. Everyone is welcome to join us on this journey.”

Medical missions

Last year, the Foundation supported the entire travel, logistics and free baggage allowance of 676 doctors, nurses and medical staff from NGOs. The medical practitioners travelled from Europe, USA, Canada and Australia to conduct thousands of free life-saving surgeries, consultations and screenings, and also training for local medical staff. Doctors treated deep burns and craniofacial deformities, conducted cardiovascular and reconstructive surgery, offered orthopaedic and obstetric medical support. These have directly helped 76,900 children and adults lead more fulfilling lives.

Many of these medical missions were conducted in remote villages and corners of the world, with Bangladesh being an ideal example. At the floating Emirates Friendship Hospital, 44,000 people from remote, impoverished char areas of Kurigram and Gaibandha in the northern part of the country received primary and secondary medical care. Similar support and services were extended to over 21,600 refugees. Around 4,800 people in Uganda also received primary care.

The Emirates Airline Foundation has been supporting the Emirates Friendship Hospital in Bangladesh since 2008, by covering operational expenses and bringing overseas medical missions to treat a range of illnesses. In the last financial year, the Foundation issued 195 flight tickets to medical missions traveling to Bangladesh from USA, UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and other countries.

Engineering missions

Engineers Without Borders – three missions from USA and one from Germany – successfully completed water supply and rural electrification projects, installed solar panels and set up computer lab classrooms. These missions, led by 36 specialists, benefited nearly 2,700 people’s health and livelihoods in Uganda, Ghana and Kenya.

Educational missions

The Foundation positively impacted the lives of more than 10,300 children and 340 teachers when it supported two educational missions – one to South Africa and the other to Tanzania. Warwick in Africa not only taught children maths and English in secondary schools, but also trained local teachers to benefit children’s learning for the long-term.

The Emirates Airline Foundation is a non-profit charity organisation which aims to improve the quality of life for children, regardless of geographical, political, or religious boundaries.

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