How it Works
To create a global community that supports education, equality and empowerment of youth around the world.
A more equitable world where diversity is embraced and a global community is forged through cultural engagement rooted in education.
Aviation for Humanity understands that there are many children around the world not fortunate enough to even attend school. There are children without access to clean drinking water and others that are forced to work in fields rather than learn in a classroom. There is serious need beyond bringing school supplies, which is why we hope that Aviation for Humanity creates a global community that elicits more action.
Aviation for Humanity is a grassroots effort to use aviation to empower children and support education. We cannot do it without your help.
Our goal is to provide a way for a traveler to have a great interaction with students so when they get home, they’re enthusiastic to do more (whether it’s in their community or overseas). We hope that Aviation for Humanity is a catalyst for more humanitarian work. Much like the idea of throwing a stone in water, we hope your volunteering experience creates many ripple effects in the humanitarian pond.
Kimberly Perkins, Founder & President
Sitting in a classroom of pilots discussing aircraft systems, an instructor mentioned that my aircraft generates enough electricity to power 1600 60-watt light bulbs all at once. That got me thinking; there are a lot of places in the world that don’t have one 60-watt light bulb. How can an industry that is partially responsible for globalization take responsibility for global inequality? How can a global industry take responsibility for a global issue? That’s how Aviation for Humanity was born.
I started collecting items and donating them directly to the people I met while traveling. Wherever my aviation career took me, I donated, and so did my fellow crew members. Mini-shampoo bottles to a women’s shelter in Malaysia. Baby clothes to a small village in Kenya. Shorts and shoes to families in Thailand. Food to kids in Cambodia. And, a computer to a hard-working man in Nigeria that wept while hugging the computer telling me that he would be the first person in his family to own one.
I know there are other travelers just like me that want to share and contribute. Aviation for Humanity was established as a non-profit in 2016 as a way to formalize the effort of bringing supplies directly to communities in need. By using the international aviation network to bring humanitarian aid to all corners of the globe in a sustainable way, we are all part of the global community connected by aviation.
Aviation for Humanity is a grassroots organization. We depend on donations and volunteers. Every dollar, pencil, and volunteer hour is extremely appreciated! We would like to take a moment here to acknowledge some of our biggest supporters. Along with individual donations, they provide Aviation for Humanity the accessibility of resources necessary to continue our support of empowering youth through education. We want to thank all of our contributors and volunteers. We couldn't do it without your unwavering support. Thank you!
Special recognition for continued support by:
Melanie Burke, PhD
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