USA for UNHCR leveraged local and industry expertise to strengthen its emergency response. Through the creation of a new partnership with disaster logistics non-profit Airlink, the organization is better able to serve communities in crisis, forming a global logistics partnership. Through Airlink and their donor and digital freight forwarding partner Flexport.org USA for UNHCR received donated transport and logistics services to deliver the winter boots to Kyiv and Lviv, Ukraine.
"We are delighted to be able to support the vital work of USA for UNHCR by helping to deliver this critically needed shipment of winter boots," said Steven J. Smith, President, and CEO of Airlink. "With winter rapidly closing in, the only way to provide at scale for the needs of the Ukrainian people is by utilizing the resources and expertise of the private and philanthropic sectors; bringing those parties together is one of Airlink's key roles, and I'm glad we could play our part."
Flexport.org donated transport and logistics services to deliver the winter boots to Kyiv and Lviv, Ukraine. Flexport.org also provided social and environmental impact tools, including calculating and offsetting 100 percent of the cargo's CO2 emissions through carbon offset credits. Partnerships with Airlink and Flexport.org are examples of how USA for UNHCR is improving the humanitarian response's collective impact and scale.
“Continuing to fulfill the urgent needs for essential items in Ukraine is more important than ever, as winter approaches and temperatures drop in the area,” says Susy Schöneberg, Head of Flexport.org. “Partnerships across private and public sectors enable a more effective humanitarian response, and we’re proud to be part of the collective efforts that USA For UNHCR is leading.”
Businesses interested in supporting humanitarian response efforts with gift-in-kind product donations, please contact Ian Rodgers, Senior Director, Innovative Partnerships & Strategy at USA for UNHCR.
About USA for UNHCR
USA for UNHCR protects refugees and empowers them with hope and opportunity. Supporting UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and its partners, we provide lifesaving essentials including shelter, water, food, safety and protection. Around the world, we help refugees survive, recover and build a better future. Established by concerned American citizens, USA for UNHCR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.UNrefugees.org
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