Following up from John Travolta’s flight on a 707 delivering aid to Haiti, LAN Cargo has announced it will help Haiti.
From the carrier:
Florida based LAN CARGO has committed resources to assist aid efforts in Haiti. Today, a LAN CARGO Boeing 767-300 freighter departed Miami International Airport for Port-au-Prince carrying approximately 48 tons of relief cargo, including medical supplies, portable toilets and water from local and national organizations including the Americas Relief Team, The Pan American Development Foundation the University of Miami’s Project Medishare, and The Coca-Cola Company.
LAN CARGO team members accompanied the flight to assist with the unloading of cargo on the ground. Additional relief supplies including clothes, water and canned goods collected by LAN Airlines and LAN CARGO in Miami were also onboard.
“As a Company, our hearts go out to the people of Haiti during this time of need,” said Cristian Ureta, CEO of LAN CARGO. “LAN CARGO is honored to make available its resources to transport the aid that is needed and to partner with these respected non-profit organizations and businesses to help make a difference”.
On the ground in Miami, the airline has partnered with Boston based Partners In Health (PIH), a non-profit organization that works to bring modern medical care to poor communities in nine countries around the world and has a 20-year history in Haiti. PIH will be using the LAN CARGO export warehouse at Miami International Airport as a staging point and hub for all of their relief supplies that will be transported to Haiti.
“Partners In Health is very thankful for companies like LAN CARGO that are providing services and expertise to help us continue to transport hope and relief to the people of Haiti,” said Kathryn Kempton, Director of Procurement, Partners In Health.
On January 16th, the PIH team was designated by the World Health Organization to serve alongside Haitian Ministry of Health as coordinators of the public University Hospital in Port-au-Prince, supporting the administration and staff in restoring services at the city’s central hospital.
Organizations interested in donating specific items in large quantities including orthopedic supplies, surgical consumables (sutures, bandages, non-powdered sterile gloves, syringes, etc.), blankets, tents, satellite phones with minutes, and large unopened boxes of medications should visit www.pih.org.