International Health Partners Celebrations – AWB UK

On the 30th of April 2023, the AWB UK were invited to the international Health Partners celebrations at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London.

We are proud to have partnered to airfreight a large load of Essential Health Packs (EHPs) from #London to #Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa just before Christmas. This shipment was made possible by the aid of our donors and a generous grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT).

The team met some incredible people from International Health Partners who have made such a huge impact across the world. We look forward to continuing to work together to bring essential medical supplies to those who need them most.

AWB Fundraising Campaign on Behalf of International Health Partners

As we witness a humanitarian crisis unfold in Ukraine, Aviation Without Borders (AWB) UK is launching a fundraising campaign on behalf of International Health Partners (IHP) UK who are the biggest distributers of donated medical goods in Europe.

More than 2 million Ukrainians have fled the fighting, almost all women and children in equal proportions, an exodus of refugees on a scale not seen in Europe since World War II. Almost 60% have escaped to Poland with others going to Hungary, Moldovia, Romania and Slovakia. Medicines are desperately needed to deliver essential health care and IHP are helping to provide medical supplies.

IHP’s first wave of response over the next few weeks is to ship to Poland Essential Health Packs (EHPs) containing a broad range of primary health medicines from life-saving antibiotics to treatments for conditions such as diabetes and hypertension where severe health complications or even death can result without them. The packs will be distributed in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries to provide medical support for refugees fleeing the war.

The initial response will include 59 packs containing 47,259 treatments with a total value of £111,000 and IHP can typically ship £10 worth of medicines for every £1.00 donated. The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) fundraises as a unit on behalf of 15 leading UK charity aid organisations but IHP is not one of them.

AWB and IHP is asking you to join us in responding to the needs of the Ukrainian people and we thank you for considering this emergency appeal.

Donate via the following link:

AWB Water Purifying Kits Shipments – Uganda

Aviation Without Borders continues to support Lifewater in their ongoing shipments of water purifying kits to Uganda.

Lifewater supplies kits to village projects in rural Uganda, whilst also distributing this desperately needed equipment to the two biggest refugee camps in Uganda, Kyaka II Camp in the centre of the country and Rhino Camp in the Northeast.

Kyaka II Camp was first opened in the 1990s to house refugees fleeing from the pending Rwandan genocide. Today, most of the new arrivals are from Eastern DR Congo, where they had fled from indiscriminate attacks from brutal local militia groups.

Within the last 12 months, the Kyaka II Camp has grown from 30,000 to almost 70,000 inhabitants.

The second camp, Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement, is near to the South Sudanese border. This Camp houses refugees who have fled, over a number of years, from war-torn South Sudan, and the camp currently supports over 100,000 people.

We are pleased to share that three loads of water purifying kits, amounting to a total of 563kgs, or over half a ton, have been air-freighted to these camps in Uganda in just under two months.

Redhill Airport Mini Smiling Wings Day

On Saturday 17th September, a mini Smiling Wings Day for two special youngsters was held at the Redhill Aviation Flight Centre at Redhill Airport in Surrey just south of London.

Captain Sam Todman 👨‍✈️of easyJet is a volunteer with the Layburry Foundation and he recognised the interest in aviation of the two young men. So, in association with Aviation Without Borders, a mini event was arranged for them to be taken flying in the capable hands of Captain Sam.

The weather that day was glorious sunshine with perfect flying conditions. For the boys the experience was an impossible dream come true and was something they will cherish for many years to come.

Said one of the mums, ‘William loved the day so much that it has fuelled his love of flying even more. It has been so motivating for him and he can’t stop talking about the experience.’

A very successful day for two special youngsters!

Smiling Wings Day, Leicester Airport, 24th June

Aviation Without Borders launched its first Smiling Wings Day of the summer on Saturday 24th June when Leicestershire Aero Club invited 35 youngsters from Warwickshire Young Carers to Leicester Airport for the day to take them on a flight of their lives.
It was a very warm day with sun, light wind and good visibility, so a great day for an outing and a perfect day for flying. Two of the young people were happy with just a little taxi round the airport but the other 33 all had a chance to enjoy the experience of a flight in a light aircraft.
Leicestershire Aero Club looked after their young passengers very well, giving them a talk on flying, a tour of the airport and they even provided a buffet lunch.
Aviation Without Borders helps to organise the event and to fund the flying 50/50 with the pilots while the youngsters fly free, so it is win/win all round. Most of these kids had never flown before and the experience can raise self esteem, boost confidence and give a sense of achievement. It can, and does, also help change young lives for the better.

Black Lives Matter Post


Aviation Without Borders statement on Black Lives Matter: “Aviation Without Borders is dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance through aviation services irrespective of politics, religion, race or nationality. We stand with people of all backgrounds, especially at this time with the black community, and embrace the diversity of those who give by helping and of those we help by giving. #blacklivesmatter