Wings of Hope is an organization that uses airplanes to help others. Using aviation, they distribute programs to help people around the world live better lives. Health care, materials, and assistance are given to those who need it. Wings of Hope works in the U.S., as well as Belize, Cambodia, Ecuador, India, Nicaragua, Colombia, Paraguay, Tanzania, and Zambia. All of Wings of Hope’s current programs involve aircraft. Their origins are in aviation, with their first endeavor involving planes. It’s because of planes that they’ve been able to help as many people as they have. Through their programs, Wings of Hope wants everyone around the globe to have access to the tools they need to live their best lives.
Wings of Hope was founded out of a desire to help those in need. In 1959, Kenya was struck by a myriad of tragedies. Transporting help to these locations proved to be a great challenge. Pilot Jerry Fay and Bishop Joseph Houlihan started a plan to bring an airplane to Kenya. After the plane arrived, nuns were taught how to fly it. One of those nuns was Sister Michael Therese Ryan. These “flying nuns'' soon made headlines, attracting the attention of four Missouri businessmen: William Edwards, Joseph Fabick, Paul Rodgers, and George Haddaway. After learning what was happening in Kenya, the four men were motivated to do something to help as well. They raised money for a plane of their own, getting enough for a Cessna U206 on April 25, 1965.
On May 25, well-known aviator Max Conrad set off on a great journey with the new plane, flying it across the Atlantic from St. Louis to Nairobi. Tons of people heard about the story, and expressed either a need for help or a desire to help. In 1963, Wings of Hope was officially born. 50 years later, they’re still at it, using their airplanes to provide much-needed help around the world. The organization has grown since the beginning, but their mission remains the same.
Having been around for 50 years, Wings of Hope has been given lots of credit for its achievements. In 2011 and 2012, they were given a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee for “the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” In 2007 and 2014, they were given the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize Nominee for “doing extraordinary work to alleviate human suffering.” In 2018, they were awarded the Myrtle E. & Earl E. Walker Medal for “outstanding contributions/achievement in health and wellness.” To learn more about the organization's recognition, click here: https://wingsofhope.ngo/about/recognition/.
One location that Wings of Hope provides help to is Africa. Together with Flying Medical Service (FMS), they contribute planes and parts. The flying health centers take care of 25 Maasai settlements. Important medical supplies such as vaccinations are distributed every other week.
Asia-Pacific is another place helped out by Wings of Hope. With the help of John Givonetti Giving (JGG), students are given important education to help them later in life. Learning the English language and computer skills will increase the chance these children go to universities when they grow up. Older children are taught to be educators to the younger children. This helps the older children to become leaders, which will help them to triumph in university.
To learn how to support Wings of Hope, click here: https://wingsofhope.ngo/get-involved/.
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