LATAM Group transports over 60 tonnes of humanitarian aid free of cost
LATAM Group and the UNHCR have helped more than 3,000 people during their first year of partnership
LATAM Group delivered more than 60 tonnes of humanitarian aid for free in Latin America through its Solidarity Plane initiative, helping more than 3,000 refugees helped by United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency. This achievement is part of the two parties' first anniversary of working together.
LATAM Group's Solidarity Plane program, in collaboration with various foundations and institutions, seeks to serve society by providing free access to its structure and connectivity, as well as cargo and passenger capacity, across South America to support health, environmental, and natural disaster issues.
The Cargo subsidiaries mobilized humanitarian aid in three countries in the region: Panama, Brazil and Chile. In the case of Panama, in early June, historical transportation took place: 600 tents, equivalent to 40 tonnes, were carried from Colombia to Panama by LATAM Cargo Colombia, for use as temporary shelters for thousands of refugees arriving in the region.
“In just over a year of partnership with UNHCR, we have intensively supported the free transportation of humanitarian aid and the large-scale shipment from Colombia to Panama is proof of this. The Solidarity Plane program allows us to make ourselves available to society and work together to get closer every day to the communities where we operate. We hope to continue promoting our interest in being a social, environmental and economic asset for the region,” said Johanna Cabrera, Chief Sustainability Officer, LATAM.
In Brazil, the Group transported 48 refugee housing units for approximately 190 people, in addition to more than 7 tonnes of hygiene products, diapers and clothes for refugees in the country. In Chile, it transported 2 tonnes of waterproof plastic tarpaulins to be used in the emergency shelters set up by UNHCR.
"The partnership with LATAM has been key to providing humanitarian assistance and services to refugees. On this World Refugee Day, dedicated to hope and inclusion, we invite other companies to join this process in order to promote a safe, dignified and stable life for the displaced population in their host communities," says José Samaniego, UNHCR Regional Director for the Americas.
According to recent UN data, there are more than 100 million people who have been displaced and forced to leave their homes, 41% of them are children.