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Lufthansa Cargo still caring for humans

MUNICH: May 10, 2017. Lufthansa Cargo has celebrated the 10th anniversary of its employee-inspired humanitarian logistics program Cargo Human Care (CHC) at transport logistic this week.

Begun by MD-11 freighter captain Fokko Doyen (pictured seated in front of group) with the aim to provide medical care and education to some of the poorest inhabitants of Kenya, CHC now runs a children's home for 120 orphans, a medical centre where 50 German doctors work on a regular basis, and a young people's home that offers vocational training for school-leavers of the children's home.

CHC Nairobi with FD"When we founded CHC ten years ago, I never, for the life of me, would have thought that we would achieve so much one day: 560 members, 220 children and young people in our sponsor program, 2,000 treatments every month in our own medical centre, and donations that are increasing every year," commented Doyen.

Lufthansa Cargo continues to fly doctors, CHC employee supporters and equipment for free to Nairobi. As a result less than one percent of the organization's expenditure goes on administration.

"The identification with this 'Cargo project' can be felt throughout the company," continued Doyen. "Since we started out, the number of members has grown to over 550. We do not just have passive, paying members, but above all many people who participate in our work as doctors, custodians of various sponsorship groups and in the association's organizational work.

Over the past 10 years CHC sponsors have contributed over €3.5 million to provide medical care, reliable school and career training for the children, teenagers and young people in its care. Specialist doctors from Germany volunteer their services at the clinic for about a week. Last year they helped 7,000 destitute patients with over 25,000 treatments.

Lufthansa Cargo CEO Peter Gerber observed: "For me, the special thing about Cargo Human Care is the very direct aid. Here people from our company have wanted to do something and they have done it. Additionally, it is fantastic that Cargo's key competencies, namely flying and logistics, can be completely put to good use here to help people who do not have such good opportunities in life."

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