At Wings Like Eagles we specialize inn our responses to disasters. We have three approaches.
Our response – life saving
Life saving is our top priority after a disaster.
Nature is harsh in Southern Africa. Rural communities can often see their crops withered under the relentless sun or washed away by flash floods. Life saving may involve pulling people out of trees or medical flights.
As soon as the fragile infrastructure of a community is unbalanced, epidemics can strike. Dysentery and cholera come first, with an incubation period of 5 to 7 days. Hot on their heels typhoid may follow, with a 21 day incubation period. Malaria and measles may be waiting patiently to strike. We need good surveys to find the people needing lifesaving services.
And yet one nurse with a cool box full of vaccines can save a rural township from typhoid or measles. One sanitation expert can help avoid an outbreak of dysentery or cholera. And the most direct way to reach the point-of-need quickly is by helicopter.
Our disaster response – aid delivery
At Wings we are happy that our small non-profit work comes second to larger and better known aid organisations.
These groups – such as the United Nations, Red Cross or Red Crescent, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision – have a global role to play and we support their and others’ efforts wholeheartedly. They may all need cargo flights to deliver their aid.
But it is impossible for those larger groups to justify having a helicopter waiting in South East Africa. And yet in the vital, early days of a disaster a helicopter can be fundamental to the disaster response work they do.
So, Wings Like Eagles is the solution. Because we focus our entire year on maintaining a helicopter presence in the area, it is reassuring for the bigger charity organisations to know that a safe and nimble, local flying team is available for them whenever they need it. Why not donate today?
Our responses – access to the heart of the disaster
Helicopters have only two other alternatives for disaster response to disaster zones: lorries and boats. But in times of drought, a lorry might take two days crawling along rutted roads in the blazing heat. A helicopter can make the same journey in an hour. And when there are floods, the supply of boats that can navigate fast flowing rivers is small. Let alone boats that can cover the large distances between communities. In reply, we aim to provide access for all.
So when minutes count, Wings can collect local or international medical staff and rush them to their destination. The hours saved can slash the mortality rate and ease the suffering of those afflicted. Or we can fly the world’s media to make sure countries and people can respond.
But costs add up. The pilot, fuel, insurance and maintenance costs means, we need to attract donations of over $1000 per flying hour.
President Obama’s campaign for the White House showed what can be achieved by many people giving small sums.
So any donation is welcomed. We need your help to make better disaster responses. Why not donate now?