The coronavirus pandemic has joined Lebanon in a political, economic, refugee and social crisis that culminated in the explosion of the port of Beirut in early August this year.
More than a month after the Beirut blasts left behind 190 dead, more than 6,000 injured and an estimated $20 billion in infrastructure damage, Emirates SkyCargo continues to do its part to help turn its customers’ collective generosity from all corners of the globe into essential humanitarian cargo to support recovery efforts on the ground and help those affected rebuild their lives. Contributions are continuing to pour in from Emirates customers around the world as cash or Skywards Miles, bolstering Emirates SkyCargo’s ability to scale up resources and provide vital airlift to Lebanon.
Over 12,000 donations from 140 countries have come in as cash or Skywards Miles, through the dedicated, secure and convenient Emirates Airline Foundation portal as well as through the Emirates website. Countries that accounted for a significant portion of the donations included the UK, India, Australia, Germany, United States, Italy, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan and South Africa.
In addition, a number of Emirates Skywards members demonstrated their overwhelming generosity and commitment to Beirut disaster relief efforts through individual contributions of close to 250,000 Miles each. In total, over 120 million Miles have been donated so far by Emirates Skywards members. The airline will be dedicating donations to Beirut relief over the course of the next two months.
The donations have provided cargo capacity for humanitarian organisations to effectively transport medical equipment and supplies, food and other emergency relief goods directly to Beirut through Emirates SkyCargo. Additionally, Emirates SkyCargo is contributing further by providing a 20% reduction on air freight transportation charges for approved shipments.
Since 13 August, Emirates SkyCargo has carried 160,000 kilograms of medical supplies and food on several missions to Beirut, working with local and international NGOs that provide relief to impacted communities. More missions are in the pipeline, with another six consignments planned to fly medical necessities, non-perishable food, clothing, PPE, hygiene products and veterinary supplies to Beirut over the course of the next few weeks.
Through the Emirates Airline Foundation, the airline supports over 30 humanitarian and philanthropic projects in 18 countries, including four countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Emirates has been flying to Lebanon for almost 30 years and currently serves Beirut with two daily flights.
The Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, continued its efforts to reduce the repercussions of the recent floods that hit Sudan, by providing additional humanitarian aid to affected people in several Sudanese states.
The ERC recently dispatched an aid convoy consisting of 11 trucks to Kassala State in Eastern Sudan carrying 150 tonnes of food and shelter materials, pesticides, and medicines to fight pandemics, benefitting some 10,000 people.
Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC, stated that the ERC’s relief efforts in Sudan are due to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and are being monitored by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the ERC.
Leaders of tribes in Eastern Sudan praised the continuous support of the UAE and its leadership for Sudan, especially for Kassala State.
In addition, the University of Abu Dhabi (ADU) also launched a new initiative, in collaboration with the ERC, Lulu Group International and PepsiCo, to provide livelihoods to Sudanese families affected by the recent flood crisis. The initiative, entitled "For Sudan", aims to raise both cash and in-kind donations to be sent to affected Sudanese families.