Angel Organizations of the Month
Air Serv International
Not-For-Profit Humanitarian Aviation
Our flights save lives and bring hope to a suffering world.
In times of war and natural disaster, the world's most respected humanitarian relief and development agencies and organizations rely on Air Serv International. Whenever ground transportation is impossible due to destroyed, damaged or non-existent infrastructure, Air Serv planes provide vital access for humanitarian aid organizations.
Impartial and Independent
||Highly skilled pilots and engineers
An outstanding safety record
Over 20 years experience in humanitarian aviation
||Humanitarian assessment teams
Victims of conflict and disaster
Committed aviation specialists
Reliable and trustworthy
Respected by the international humanitarian community
Air Serv International's Abeche Base in Eastern Chad provides a life line to the refugee camps along the Chad-Sudan border in support of the humanitarian response of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and implementing partners. The program is funded by the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM). More than 200,000 Sudanese refugees have crossed into Chad from Darfur.
Air Serv International flight operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) began in 1999. It is Air Serv's largest operation. Funding from USAID and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), as well as the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and UN Pool Funding have made it possible for Air Serv to significantly enhance the projects and efforts of numerous humanitarian organizations and agencies. With three bases now in the DRC (Goma, Lubumbashi and Kalemie), Air Serv is able to provide humanitarian flights thoughout the East Central region of the DRC, ensuring fast, safe and reliable access for our humanitarian partners working in the region. Aircraft carry humanitarian staff and vital cargo, and perform medical and security evacuations.
Goma Base: Under an OFDA grant, Air Serv provides flights throughout Eastern DRC for more than 50 different humanitarian organizations, incl. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Solidarités, Merlin, UNHCR and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Kalemie Base: Air Serv recently received funding through the UN Pool Fund to set up a humanitarian shuttle service from the town of Kalemie on the Western banks of Lake Tanganyika to the interior villages of Nyunzu, Kongolo, Kabalo and Manono. Four regularly scheduled flights from Kalemie per week carry registered NGO staff and cargo and are available for medical and security evacuations.
Lubumbashi Base: Air Serv provides the only humanitarian air transport out of Lubumbashi. Air Serv aircraft fly to and from 12 locations throughout the Katanga region. Air Serv first began operating in the area in 2004. UN Pool Funding, DFID and direct contract with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
Air Serv International recently entered into a capacity-building parnership with ETA Air Charter, a Mozambican air operator based in Beira where Air Serv International's field program is located. Air Serv provides training and technical assistance to assist ETA with its plans to become a stronger and more capable aviation company within Mozambique. Air Serv International also continues to support USAID relief and development projects throughout the country in the fields of agriculture, medicine and education. Air Serv has been present in Mozambique since 1985. It is the organization's longest running program. Funding is provided by USAID.
Hangar and maintenance facility supporting the entire Air Serv aircraft fleet in Africa. The Entebbe facility also serves as a support hub for Air Serv relief flights in the DRC.
MIDDLE EAST & ASIA
Air Serv International was the first civilian air operator granted access to Iraq in 2003 following the end of initial US combat operations. Air Serv provides vital air transport in and out of Baghdad for US and international humanitarian organizations and agencies, offering several weekly flights between Amman, Jordan and Baghdad. In cooperation with several NGOS, Air Serv provides critical medevac services to Jordan for Iraqi citizens needing emergency health care, many of them children. Funding is provided by USAID.
The world has many countries that are fighting wars, famine, and natural disasters. Air Serv is on the forefront of helping millions of people who get caught in the middle of horrific circumstances that is no fault of their own. For more information on this lifesaving organization and to donate to its cause, please click here.
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