PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Since its arrival Saturday in Port-au-Prince, the new MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) KODIAK airplane has been in continual daytime use as an air ambulance, delivering victims of the Jan. 12 earthquake and doctors from around the world to undamaged hospitals in rural Haiti.
Among the relief cargo on the KODIAK that MAF delivered to orphanages were the two boxes of supplies collected by 9-year-old Moise Salois of Nampa. Moise, adopted from an orphanage in Haiti four years ago, still has two brothers and a grandmother living in Haiti. The child's gift of bandages, antiseptics, infant formula and clothing was delivered to a Haitian orphanage on Sunday.
The KODIAK's arrival to the disaster zone comes as the MAF supply of aviation gasoline, or "avgas" fuel has dwindled to a single truck. Avgas powers three MAF Cessnas already in service in Haiti. In contrast, the KODIAK uses jet fuel that in Haiti is readily available and more economical.
"MAF was blessed to be able to fly the new KODIAK where it was direly needed in the very heart of the Haitian catastrophe," said MAF President John Boyd. "Meanwhile, MAF continues serving a vital role at the Port-au-Prince airport, coordinating the arrival and delivery of international aid flights that are crucial to the survival of hundreds of thousands of earthquake victims."
The KODIAK is transferring physicians and patients from Port-au-Prince and the devastated port city of Jacmel to a little-damaged hospital in the inland Haitian city of Pignon. Additionally the two MAF pilots who arrived with the KODIAK aircraft have provided direly needed relief to the MAF Haiti-based pilots.
The following website tracks the KODIAK's relief flights in Haiti: www.maf.org/haitikodiak
To respond to the disaster, MAF has set up the "Haiti Disaster and Recovery Fund." Donations can be made at www.maf.org/haitifund.
Founded in the U.S. in 1945, MAF (www.maf.org) missionary teams of aviation, communications, technology and education specialists overcome barriers in remote areas, transform lives and build God's Kingdom by enabling the work of more than 1,000 organizations in isolated areas of the world. With its fleet of 55 bush aircraft - including the new KODIAK - MAF serves in 31 countries, with an average of 101 flights daily across Africa, Asia, Eurasia and Latin America. MAF pilots transport missionaries, medical personnel, medicines and relief supplies, as well as conduct thousands of emergency medical evacuations in remote areas. MAF also provides telecommunications services, such as satellite Internet access, high-frequency radios, electronic mail and other wireless systems.