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Humanitarian Flight to Sahel, the Sequel
Sahel relief flight

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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UPS-Supported Young Women’s World Forums Address Critical Global Development Issues

We’re delighted to have Sarah S. Al Suwaidan of Kuwait guest blog about her experiences from the recent UPS-supported Young Women’s World Forums. The forums were organized by The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a long standing UPS partner and the largest global volunteer movement dedicated to girls and young women. This is one of the early results of the $2 million, five-year commitment we announced at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative.

I am grateful to UPS for supporting the Young Women’s World Forums and inviting me to share my experiences.

I am 28 years old and was one of 157 young women from 81 countries who attended the Young Women’s World Forums.

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Reflections on Helping Haiti

UPSers John Vera and Bill Torres spent six weeks in the Dominican Republic supporting the World Food Programme’s disaster relief efforts following the January 12th earthquake in Haiti. Here’s a look back from John:

After six extremely grueling weeks, both mentally and physically, Bill Torres and I have come to the conclusion of our Haiti humanitarian mission.  Although we were stationed out of the Dominican Republic, it did not make the work load any less difficult or less stressful. On the contrary, the distance often hampered our goal of getting the goods into an impoverished Haiti quickly and efficiently. Since we orchestrated the logistical moves out of the Santo Domingo airport it was often evident that the need and urgency we felt to deliver the goods was not reciprocated by the locals, especially the owners of the bonded warehouses where the goods were stored.

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UPS Logistics Volunteers: Heading back to Help Haiti

In 2008, John Vera and Bill Torres went to Haiti to offer their logistical expertise in the aftermath of two devastating hurricanes. Touched by the experience and by the people they met two-years ago, they have signed up once again to help Haiti following the recent earthquake. John and Bill are part of UPS’s participation in the UN’s Logistics Emergency Teams, which support the World Food Programme’s disaster response. This time, they will work from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Read More »