A Lufthansa Cargo freighter is from now on flying around the world with the footprints of 24 children on its fuselage.
The carrier has turned the MD-11F registered “D-ALCH” into a flying ambassador for the aid organisation Cargo Human Care.
The colourful design was presented today at Nairobi International Airport. It symbolises the motto “Step by step. Giving children a future”.
The footprints on the 61 metre-long fuselage are from girls and boys who are being looked after by Cargo Human Care.
The association runs an orphanage for around 120 children nearby the Kenyan capital and also supports a medical centre. German doctors are regularly flown on board the Lufthansa Cargo freighters to Nairobi, where they provide free treatment for those in need.
Cargo Human Care this week opened a new residence for 18-24 year olds. More than 20 young women and men will live in the John Kaheni Residence, which is named after a resident of the Cargo Human Care institution who died of a heart condition at just 20 years old.
Lufthansa Cargo fleet chief and flight captain and founder of Cargo Human Care, Fokko Doyen says: “We are taking a massive step forwards. Thanks to the John Kaheni Residence we are now able to more sustainably care for the youngsters. The vocational training is financed through sponsorships and provides them with a secure future.”
Lufthansa Cargo board member for finance and human resources, Dr Martin Schmitt says: “Lufthansa Cargo and Cargo Human Care have been connected since by a very close partnership for many years.
“We are proud to be able to contribute even a small part to what Cargo Human Care constitutes and achieves. Our new and colourfully designed freighter not only symbolises this close partnership. The cheerful design is also intended to instil courage and pass on the positive energy which Cargo Human Care generates.”