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Mission Aviation Fellowship sends additional plane, crew to Haiti after hurricane

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has deployed a fourth airplane and three additional staff to Haiti to join its team conducting relief flights following Hurricane Matthew. (Photo courtesy Mission Aviation Fellowship)

Nampa-based Mission Aviation Fellowship has sent a fourth airplane and more staff to Haiti in an effort to help Haitians following Hurricane Matthew.

The plane, which left last week, carried a satellite communication system that will help aid disaster communication. MAF has been flying doctors and medical supplies, aid workers, food, hygiene kits, and other needed supplies to communities that have experienced massive destruction.

“Even before the hurricane, the poor condition of Haiti’s roads made travel very difficult,” said John Boyd, MAF president and CEO, who previously served as a pilot in Haiti. “Now the people are virtually cut off, at a time when they so desperately need help. In this kind of situation MAF’s services are critical.”

Based in Nampa, Mission Aviation Fellowship is a Christian organization that uses airplanes and other technologies to reach the most remote places in the world. MAF has been working in Haiti since 1986, and maintains a permanent base in Port-au-Prince with six missionary families, 15 Haitian staff and three airplanes.

Since Hurricane Matthew struck, MAF has deployed 11 additional personnel to Haiti to assist with the relief efforts. Seven of MAF’s current personnel in Haiti are from the Treasure Valley.

Reports indicate that the death toll in Haiti has reached 1,000 people.

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