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The Advantages of Special Humanitarian Fares

Humanitarian airfares are beneficial to all the stakeholders involved; yourself, your NGO travel manager and the needy people at large. When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, humanitarians from all over the world traveled to this vulnerable area. We were part of this endeavor and very proud to help those who need it most.

The benefits of humanitarian fares

The effect of disasters on airfares cannot be underestimated. It brings about a need to make immediate changes to your itinerary. In these cases, our flexible humanitarian fares are extremely useful. With these special fares, changes to your itinerary can be quickly arranged, often free of charge. In this way, you’re sure that your valuable and often limited resources will be spent to your cause; where it is needed most.

Super Typhoon Haiyan (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) is one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. This massive tropical storm devastated great portions of Southeast Asia. The Philippines got hit particularly hard. To date, it still is the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing more than 6,300 people.

On the evening of November 7, 2013, the highest warning level was made. Winds over 185 km/h (115 mph) were expected. As a result, in the provinces of Samar and Leyte and residents in areas susceptible to floods and landslides had to evacuate immediately. And then it hit. Yolanda caused catastrophic damage throughout much of the islands of Leyte. Cities and towns were extensively destroyed. Running and hiding was virtually impossible. On every street, fallen trees and posts blocked pathways. High winds toppled waiting sheds. Eventually, all communication lines, including the internet, went down. At the end of it was, the strongest wind recorded was 315 km/h (196 mph). Nobody could foresee the sheer magnitude of this natural disaster. As of November 13, Red Cross estimated that 22,000 people were missing. Overnight, humanitarian aid had become a necessity.

During such critical situations special humanitarian fares save you and your NGO a significant amount of money so the money is well spent on those who need it most; in this case, it’s the Philippines.

When the Philippines were struck, Project HOPE responded immediately. They sent much-needed medicines, supplies and medical volunteers in record time. In the seven months that followed the typhoon, they sent more than 80 medical volunteers to the severely damaged regions.

Project HOPE helped rebuild the damaged health infrastructure and strengthened health systems in the Camotes Islands by hiring Filipino health professionals. To this day, HOPE has shipped more than $24 million worth of medicines, vaccines (including MMR) and medical supplies, which have helped more than 270,000 patients.

“We received immediate attention—after hours and over the weekend—helping us manage the travel for more than eighty health care professional. ”

Matthew Peterson, deputy to the president, Project HOPE

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