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Emergency Care in the Air
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With a cholera outbreak bringing extra hardship to a region already battling civil unrest, drought and famine, UPS facilitated a third flight to the Sahel Region in Africa — and the second flight for Interaction, the largest alliance of United States-based international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The airlift served as a timely precursor to World Humanitarian Day on August 19 which is “a global celebration of people helping people” according to the United Nations website. This year’s theme, titled “I Was Here,” spotlights the dedication of humanitarian workers throughout the world.

map“When a humanitarian crisis occurs, logistics immediately becomes key to saving lives. This is the third movement of critical relief supplies to the Sahel Region of Africa that UPS has been involved in since April as there’s a lot of need,” said UPS International President Dan Brutto. “UPS’s role has been to make the shipments of our NGO partners more efficient by consolidating them and we’re honored to be able to help by providing that expertise.”  

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Humanitarian Flight to Sahel, the Sequel
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Godfather II. Spiderman II. Toy Story II. Sometimes sequels surpass expectations by being as good or even better than the original. My colleagues at UPS met the sequel challenge with flying colors. UPS’s second flight of humanitarian aid was delivered successfully to the Sahel region, where millions of people face dire hunger and living conditions due to severe drought and civil unrest.

Our April flight to Sahel was in support of UNICEF. This week’s airlift is the first consolidated flight carrying goods for multiple agencies and reflects our hopes to combine resources among charitable groups for more efficient delivery of supplies.

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MedShare Delivers 800th Container of Medical Supplies
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Kudos to our partners at nonprofit MedShare for reaching an impressive milestone: the shipment of its 800th container of medical supplies and equipment to hospital and medical facilities in critical need. Serving more than 85 developing nations, this 800th shipment consisted of 50 donated hospital beds and mattresses to a healthcare facility in Haiti.

UPS is proud to be a part of this milestone shipment by providing grants and in-kind shipping support. To learn more about MedShare and the other partners involved, check out the latest news.

UPSer Shares Why He Hearts Logistics
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I recently had the opportunity to attend the Business Civic Leadership Center’s national conference, which was focused on corporate citizenship. While there, I led one of four rotating sessions focused on skills-based volunteerism and had the opportunity to share a bit about what UPS does to apply its logistics expertise to relief agencies before and after urgent humanitarian relief situations.

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Bringing Hope to Haiti
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The effects of the earthquake that ravaged Haiti in 2010 continue to affect the small island nation and its people. Immediately following the quake, UPS committed $1 million in cash and in-kind shipping to three humanitarian relief organizations: CARE, the Red Cross, and UNICEF to support the victims of Haiti’s earthquake.

UPSers also stepped up to support the Haitian people. Several have been activated as part of the World Food Programme’s Logistics Emergency Team and other have helped through their communities. One such UPSer is Jerry Rutherford, an employee at UPS Worldport.

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UPS Humanitarian Charter Flight Supports Sahel Region Hunger Crisis
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How fast could you do your job if it meant saving a life?  That’s what some of my UPS colleagues got to ponder this past weekend as they raced the clock to transport an aerial shipment of critical UNICEF relief supplies to combat famine in the Sahel region of Africa.

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The UPS Foundation Gives Thanks Through Communities for More Than 60 Years
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This December marks the 60th anniversary of The UPS Foundation. Our founder, Jim Casey, a visionary in so many ways, was practicing the concepts of “Corporate Citizenship” and “Corporate Social Responsibility” in 1951 long before those words even existed. I’m thankful that I work for a company with a heart. After all, we do love logistics.

I came to The UPS Foundation just over one year ago after eleven years in corporate marketing. The desire to work in the foundation and have a job that allows me to give back started back in 2005. I was selected to attend the UPS Community Internship in McAllen,Texas.  For one month, I was relieved of my daily office responsibilities and asked to do service work in this extremely challenged community. Those thirty days changed my perspective on life. I became thankful for the things I had, and less wishful for those I didn’t.

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Compassion On Sale
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This guest post is from Juanita Rilling, Director of the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI). The CIDI is an education organization that supports international relief through encouraging effective donations by individuals, groups, businesses, and communities. Juanita’s post originally appeared at Good Intentions Are Not Enough.

I have good news for people with big hearts and skinny wallets!  Concerns that an ailing US economy will discourage people from donating in support of international disaster relief have inspired us at the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) to tweak our outreach materials.  Bargain-hunting humanitarians take note – the most effective donations are also the least expensive for donors.

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UPS to Ship 100+ Metric Tons of Food and Supplies to Aid Famine Relief in The Horn of Africa
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Today, 11-to-13 million people are starving and are fleeing southern Somalia for camps in Kenya.  Experts are calling it the worst drought in 60 years. More than 2 million children (under the age of five) in Somalia as well as in parts of Kenya and Ethiopia are acutely malnourished, including almost 500,000 children in an immediate life-threatening state.  In addition, children are more vulnerable to the spread of killer diseases, especially to outbreaks of measles, diarrhea and pneumonia. 

In response to this tragic situation, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) have officially released urgent appeals for assistance.  This week, UPS committed to leverage its global logistics network to help speed emergency supplies to the region.

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UPS Partners with Merck Director to Deliver Needed Allergen-Free Food to Japan
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In April, Merck Director Tai Eto reached out to UPS Customer Solutions to ship allergen-free products for children to Japan. Tai and his wife, originally from Japan, are the parents of a child with extreme food allergies and they thought this was a cause worth supporting. Tai’s wife, Rimi, had gained support from both people and companies across the U.S. to help kids and adults with food allergies who had been suffering after the earthquake and tsunami. Together, Tai and Rimi worked with different manufacturers across the U.S. to collect donations of allergen-free food and were seeking to close the loop with the final transportation component. 

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