Thanks for the aid – both ways! Posted February 17, 2013 by Adrian Nance

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We delivered aid and we needed aid doing it.

Thanks for the aid

Here, Clive Langmead thanks Manuel Maxlhaieie, the INGC delegate of the Gaza Region, in Xai-Xai, Mozambique.   Manuel lead the regional disaster response of the Mozambican Government.  We were all focused on those affected by the Limpopo floods in 2013.   Manuel arranged the fuel, cargo and passengers for us for and the other helicopters.  And he did much more besides.

Aid to us to aid them

Thank you Manuel.  Thank you INGC and the Government of Mozambique!  And not just for us.

Aid surveys

You helped us conduct surveys of the bridges.  You helped us fly key members of your Government.  Elsewhere you can see the Interior Minister about to go flying with us.  The deputy Minister of Education also flew.  Other passengers came from the World Bank and were engineers, who could see the scope of the floods.  All needs an eagle eye view of the disaster problems.  Then they could report to the Cabinet or the donors.  Then they could help properly target the aid.  This survey activity helps us to get ‘the right aid to the right people’ and deliver our Purpose.

Aid cargo

Manuel and his team also helped us to deliver aid cargo.  This can be life saving for those afflicted in a disaster.   Aid cargo helps when those suffering have lost their crops and their reserves.  Aid cargo can be food, often best delivered with big helicopters.  Smaller one have a role though – flying cargo to smaller, more isolated groups.

Air cargo can also be non-food items. These could also be called enablers.  The plastic buckets enable the affected to collect water.  The water purification tablets enable the water to be used for drinking.  Hygiene kits enable hands to be washed or women to be comfortable.  Cooking pots allow food to be prepared.

Shelter kits can be hugely important too.  They are often heavier and so larger helicopters may be preferred.

So it is not only the flying of medical staffs that helps us save and sustain lives.

Have a look at the aid cargoes we flew.