Dear Customers and Partners,
2007 to 2017 marks ten years of Cargo Human Care.
As this year ends, I not only look back on 2017, but also on ten years of Cargo Human Care. While our intensive development efforts in Nairobi over the last decade are bearing fruit, we still have a great deal planned, and even in 2017, we are still far from where we want to end up.
It all started with John Kaheni. He was the child I sponsored at the Mothers’ Mercy Home. In 2004, I made it possible for him to have heart surgery when he was ten years old. Three years later, we founded Cargo Human Care e.V. in order to help many other children and people from all age groups. In 2008, we expanded the Mothers’ Mercy Home by adding a new building. Thanks to donations and sponsorships, we are able to care for 120 orphans there. The Cargo Human Care Medical Center followed in 2009. A team of 50 physicians from Germany volunteer at the Center regularly, and they are supported by 12 local staff members.
For ten years, John Kaheni and I shared a close relationship like that of father and son − until he passed away in 2014 shortly before Christmas. We have kept his name and his spirit alive for all to remember and named the second residence, which was still in the planning stage at that time, after him: the John Kaheni Residence. It opened in 2016 and helps young people from the Mothers’ Mercy Home start out on the best foot possible towards an independent life after they complete schooling. Apart from providing them with a temporary place to live, we also offer workshops, coaching and training sessions there.
Above all, 2017 was a year filled with acute aid projects. Devastating hardship took hold in East Africa due to drought. In cooperation with the Anglican Church, Cargo Human Care assumed responsibility for providing food to 6,000 people in four villages in the Marsabit region.
Still far from where we want to end up? That is right, which means we also have new projects in the works for the future, such as the Happy Child School. Read more about it in our “Team introduction” section.
Even now, after ten years of Cargo Human Care, I am still hungry for more ideas and projects − always with the promise of a better life for all these people. I therefore look forward to many more years, and I am grateful for the support you have shown so far and will continue to provide in the future.
I wish you, your friends and your families happy holidays and all the best in 2018.
MD-11F Captain, Training Captain & 1st Chairman of the Board of Cargo Human Care e.V.
Who are the people in this picture?
Both pictures show the people behind Cargo Human Care.
In the picture above, you see the Board of Cargo Human Care e.V. Its members are fully committed to attending to concerns in Kenya as well as Germany. Martin Schlingensiepen handles public relations, while Gerhard Meyke is responsible for finances and construction projects. Fokko Doyen is the charitable organization’s First Chairman of the Board. As MD-11F captain, he often finds himself in Kenya. Dr. Thomas Berger is a retired pediatrician who is responsible for the Medical Center. Werner Hildebrand is in charge of the John Kaheni Residence, while Sieglinde Reinhard oversees the Mothers’ Mercy Home. Dr. Wolf Cyran is responsible for the team of German physicians. While only the Board is shown in this picture, many helpers and volunteers also support us behind the scenes.
In the picture below, you see the people who inspire and motivate us every day. The picture was taken this year, and it shows the people during the distribution of food in Marsabit.
What does Cargo Human Care stand for?
People have always been the focus of our work, and that is how we decided on our organization’s name, which features the word HUMAN. These are people who would normally be unable to afford going to the doctor, but who have been receiving professional care from German physicians and local personnel at our Medical Center for years. Every month, more than 2,000 people receive treatment here. Also included among the people we help are the orphans at the Mothers’ Mercy Home, who would have no prospects of a decent future without our support. Ensuring the long-term impact of all our projects is extremely important to us, which is why our assistance to those we help goes beyond enabling them to finish their secondary school education − we also offer them the opportunity to complete vocational training or higher education to serve as the basis for leading independent, self-determined lives. To this end, we opened up the John Kaheni Residence in 2016, which is a facility where up to 24 young adults can live while they complete training or higher education, and where we offer targeted continuing education courses to our now more than 60 alumni.
In just three words, what drives you?
Kuondoka. Kutua. Kusaidia.
Takeoff. Landing. Helping.
What are the next milestones?
We were able to tackle a new project this year: the construction of the Happy Child School in Kabiria, which is a slum on the northern outskirts of Nairobi. Beginning in 2018, the plan is to teach 100 preschoolers here. None of the children would have the opportunity to receive an education without Cargo Human Care, and perhaps not even one hot meal a day either. The funding is ensured thanks to a number of partners, and the plans are already finished. Once the situation in Kenya stabilizes after the election, workers will begin to dig the foundations for the school.
What have you always wanted to say to our customers and partners?
Everything that we have achieved so far has only been possible thanks to the outstanding commitment and cooperation of many Lufthansa Cargo employees in Germany and on the ground at our two residences. But without funding, nothing would be possible in Africa − and our success comes down to the fact that so many people believe in our ideas and place their trust in us. Without donations, membership fees and sponsorships for children and young people, we would not be able to continue our work, so I would like to say thank you to all of our supporters for their assistance. Many customers and partners stand with us in these efforts and together help make all these projects possible. Thank you.
To learn more about Cargo Human Care, visit: www.cargohumancare.de.
Win gifts from all around the world.
More than 100,000 follower love our striking Instagram account and we are happy to tell you there is something special around the corner. Christmas is already approaching. Don’t miss out on our 2017 Advent calendar on Instagram. Follow us and take the opportunity to win one of 24 great gifts from all around the world. Things kick off on December 1.
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- #24GiftsFromTheWorld We brighten up the Xmas season for friends and followers.
- Welcome to Munich, United Cargo. Lufthansa Cargo provides the local cargo handling of United Cargo.
- Innovative logistics ideas. Lufthansa Cargo as a main sponsor of the Hypermotion Hackathon.
- Beaujolais Nouveau. Young red wine goes to Japan.
We brighten up the Xmas season for friends and followers on social media and have a special advent calendar for you.
Every day a different destination: We already started on December 1, but take your chance until Xmas, to win gifts from all over the world with our Instagram Advent calendar.
Our colleagues from all over the world have chosen typical local gifts for which you have to answer the competition question correctly. The winner will be randomly selected from all the correct answers. You want to have a look on how creative our colleagues have been? Want to experience the #CargoSpirit? Then either follow us on Instagram and have a look at our Holiday Wishes in our video.
Welcome to Munich, United Cargo.
Lufthansa Cargo provides the local cargo handling of United Cargo.
End of November the "Move under one Roof (MuoR)" was started and with it the first handling of United Cargo at a Lufthansa Cargo Station. The joint operation of cargo handling in Munich is a further step of the joint venture agreement signed in April this year between the two airlines, which is planned to start next year.
It is a great pleasure to welcome United Cargo at our Bavarian Hub – first of all with three departures a day (Newark, Chicago and Washington). On the first day, about 30 tons of export cargo were handled in Munich, including cool containers and dangerous goods.
Mark Albrecht, Director of International Operations, summarized the first day: “The Lufthansa Cargo team did a great job. We are very satisfied with the first flights!” For Johannes Zinkl, Director of Handling Munich, the start went excellent as well: “Our team did a perfect job and fulfilled all requirements of our partner.”
Both airlines are looking forward to a successful partnership.
Data-driven logistics innovation.
Lufthansa Cargo as a main sponsor of the Hypermotion Hackathon dedicated to “next generation mobility”.
Experts from the logistics and mobility industry met at the Hypermotion trade fair in November to discuss the digital future of logistics. For the first time, a hackathon was held as part of the trade fair, which Lufthansa Cargo supported as one of the main sponsors.
150 developers, designers and strategists were invited to face the challenges of the sponsors Lufthansa Cargo, DB Systel and Schmitz Cargobull. Innovative ideas and prototypes for the current challenges of the sponsoring companies were to be developed within 48 hours on the basis of real-time data. The international development teams were supported by mentors from the participating companies. The teams were thus able to access know-how on the provided data interfaces (APIs) and the logistical processes of the companies throughout the entire challenge.
The goal: to help shape the logistics of tomorrow with selected partners and by linking state-of-the-art technology. “With its API interface, Lufthansa Cargo is responding to the growing importance of digital platforms and networking,” says Daniel Salm, IT project manager at Lufthansa Cargo and mentor at the Hackathon. “We are constantly looking for innovative ideas on how to make the entire transport chain even more attractive for our customers and their customers.”
Particularly interesting for Lufthansa Cargo was the idea to forecast short and long-term peaks in demand for cargo services. The team combined existing logistics data with real-time data from relevant events around the Lufthansa Cargo stations in order to better forecast unpredictable peaks in demand.
“In addition to the interesting ideas and impulses that we take away from the developer challenge, the hackathon helps us to further develop our Open API. Our goal is to continuously expand the database and thus create the best possible basis for data-driven product innovation," says Aylin Ceylan, Venture Development Manager at the Lufthansa Innovation Hub.
Young red wine goes to Japan.
The third Thursday of November is well known among people all over the world as Beaujolais Nouveau Day, which marks the official release of the young red wine for sale under French law. Fans of red wine in France and across the globe look forward to this moment. Lucky for Japan, it is located deep in the Far East, which means it is the first country in the world to welcome this day. In order to meet consumers’ expectations, the wine’s distribution is well prepared.
The first bottles of 2017 Beaujolais already arrived at Kansai International Airport (KIX) on board LH740 on October 28. Every year, Lufthansa Cargo plays an important role in transporting substantial amounts of Beaujolais to destinations all over the world. Three extra MD11 freighter flights were planned for this year in addition to normal belly capacities on scheduled flights. On November 2, the first freighter arrived on time at NRT carrying approximately 50 tons of Beaujolais. Thanks to a smooth landing as well as a professional handling team at NRT, all of the bottles filled with the young wine were safely delivered to the consignee.
In the following November weeks, many more crates of fresh Beaujolais arrived in Japan through the gates of Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo.