Cargo Human Care, the charitable group born within Lufthansa Cargo is best known for its wonderful efforts in helping young children, orphans, and others with needs near Nairobi, Kenya.
Specifically, the group supports the Mothers’ Mercy Home for Orphans, the John Kaheni Residence where older children and young adults learn important skills necessary for their future, and the CHC Medical Centre where over 2000 patients a month receive treatment.
Lufthansa Cargo donates the transportation for German doctors throughout the year so that members of the local community supported by Cargo Human Care have constant access to free, high quality medical care that would normally not be available to them. The entire organization is driven by Volunteers, even the medical professionals donate their time to help the CHC cause.
To expand on this wonderful effort, CHC has for the first time taken their concept and brought it the the Masai people who live in Bushveld of Kenya and Tanzania. For those of you not familiar with the Masaai people, they are among the most recognizable tribes of Africa and are well known for their unique and wonderful culture. They live in the region of Africa that sees the wonderful annual migrations of Wildebeests and other animals of the African wild. So wonderful is this event that is is known as one of the ‘Seven New Wonders Of The World’. Over 2 million animals are estimated to take part in the migration between June and October.
Coordinating efforts between several organizations, CHC recently established a 2-day clinic at the Iltolish Mara Primary School in the Kimitet region of Kenya. German doctors spent these 2 days treating 166 patients ranging between 3 months and 88 years of age. As a result, the doctors actually identified a 3-year old boy with a potentially serious heart disorder that left untreated would have potentially taken his life. Fortunately for all involved, the doctors and Cargo Human Care arranged for the child to travel to Nairobi to receive proper care in a hospital equipped to handle the condition. One 2-day clinic, one life saved. Not bad!
The team of German doctors who visited the Maasai
Normally people in this region would need to travel over 50 miles to visit the closest hospital, and with the Maasai not having a mode of transportation other than what they’re born with, it becomes nearly impossible to have regular access to medical care.
Interestingly enough, the doctors discovered that the ‘diseases of civilization’ such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity has not been brought to the Maasai. Good for them! What doctors did discover were mostly ailments related to joint pain, skin conditions and respiratory issues.
Due to the complete success of this inaugural clinic, CHC has decided to continue this concept with other clinics that will be scheduled for the future.
To learn more about Cargo Human Care and their efforts, please visit their website.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the great work being done by Cargo Human Care (CHC), an organization made up primarily of Lufthansa Cargo colleagues who dedicate their time and effort to help those in need.
CHC’s efforts focus primarily on Mothers’ Mercy Home, an Orphanage and Medical Clinic in Kenya where over the years they have helped the organization care for and raise hundreds of Kenyan children. CHC does this by flying supplies, doctors, nurses, dentists and others aboard LH Cargo aircraft so that the aid can be delivered personally.
Over the Christmas season, Mother’s Mercy took time to celebrate the holiday by treating their children to a festive celebration that included a large group dinner and the gifting of presents to the kids. This was made possible largely in part by the CHC volunteers and those who support their cause by providing donations of time and funds to help the organization.
My contacts at CHC provided me with photos from the celebration and asked me to share them with you so that you can see what your efforts are bringing to these deserving children.
Young children were given gifts that included Pajamas and Backpacks, while older children (Aged 13-18) were given packages filled with hats, belts, handbags, and books.
From the looks of the photos it looks like a great time was had by all!
Lufthansa Cargo yesterday unveiled one of their MD-11s with a fresh new livery celebrating the good work that LH Cargo does with ‘Cargo Human Care’.
For those of you unfamiliar with Cargo Human Care (CHC), it is an organization almost exclusively comprised of Lufthansa Cargo employees (past and present) who volunteer their time and efforts to help a variety of organizations in and around Nairobi, Kenya.
The organization coordinates with Doctors, Surgeons and other medical professionals to bring them to Kenya on regular rotations so that they can provide medical care to those in need. These volunteers fly aboard LH Cargo flights to Nairobi, along with supplies and materials that are needed for various projects.
One of their most important efforts is the help they bring the the Mothers Mercy Home in Kianjogu, Kenya. The home provides shelter and care for approximately 120 orphaned children. Along side the home is the Cargo Human Care Medical Center which provides free medical treatments to members of the local community. Last year, CHC treated over 22,000 people at their clinic!
In the coming weeks, I’ll share more about CHC and the good deeds that they bring to those in need, including some of the great accomplishments that CHC has achieved. In the mean time, if you’d like to learn more about CHC, please visit their website.
Now back to the livery……
LH Cargo took one of the MD11s and dressed it up in a CHC theme and unveiled it in Frankfurt. As you’ll see below, the MD11 (D-ALCH) is adorned in children’s footprints symbolizing CHC’s ‘Step by step. Giving children a future’ slogan. I can’t think of many better ways to bring awareness to such a great organization and cause!
Some of the kids helped by CHC add their personal touch to the new livery.
D-ALCH arriving in Nairobi, courtesy of Lufthansa Cargo
Arrival at the ramp in Nairobi, courtesy of Lufthansa Cargo
Here are a couple of ‘unofficial’ photos showing the aircraft in the hangar shortly after having the new livery added…..