Due to good relations with contacts in Nepal built over many years, over the last few days MAF have secured the use of two Airbus AS350 helicopters operated by a helicopter company based in Nepal. On Friday 1 May the MAF team received a request from the UK government Department for International Development (DFID) to use these helicopters to rescue eight British tourists who were stranded at a monastery at Serang Gompa, Bihi near Lho. On Saturday - the helicopters was mobilized and the British nationals successfully rescued. You can read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/britons-rescued-from-nepal-monastery.
This work continued over the weekend, with a 4 further flights on behalf of DFID to fly UK Search and Rescue teams to different locations and today we flew a surgical team from UK who will be stationed for two days at remote villages to carry out life-saving operations.
Due to the success of the work this weekend and the clear and urgent need for a co-ordinated light helicopter response facility for NGOs to use to transport humanitarian aid workers, the UK government DFID have agreed to part-fund MAF to set up and run this helicopter facility. We submitted a proposal to DFID for part-funding the charter of two helicopters for two months (420hrs). We will coordinate the use of the helicopters, making them available to NGOs and others involved in the rescue and relief operation. DFID came back to us almost immediately and verbally confirmed that they would grant us nearly $500k for this.
We need your help to raise the additional $250 -$350k to the use of the two helicopters.
Mission Aviation Fellowship
Branch code: 016342
Account number: 020044615
Reference: Your name & Nepal
Please pray for our team on the ground in Nepal. Pray for strength and wisdom as they work so hard to meet the increasing demands for our services. Pray for safe travels for LuAnne too as she makes her way to Nepal. Praise the Lord for the successful flights that we have been able to facilitate so far and for the estimated 4,000 humanitarian relief workers currently engaged in this relief effort. Please also continue to pray for the people of Nepal. With a death toll of more than 7,500 and over 14,500 injured, the country now faces the risk of serious outbreaks of disease. A lack of shelter, contaminated water and poor sanitation could lead to cholera, dysentery and other water-borne diseases and urgent action is needed to tackle this before the rainy season starts in June. The UN also estimates that there are 3 million people in need of food aid, 130,000 houses destroyed and 24,000 people living in makeshift camps.