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Nampa humanitarian organization sends aid to Haiti after hurricane

A Mission Aviation Fellowship team helped deliver doctors and medical supplies to Port Salut in Haiti Monday.
A Mission Aviation Fellowship team helped deliver doctors and medical supplies to Port Salut in Haiti Monday.

Mission Aviation Fellowship is a Christian organization based in Nampa that uses its 51 small planes to provide disaster relief assistance to organization across the world and assistance to overseas missionaries. It’s sending additional resources to a base in Haiti, recently hit by Hurricane Matthew.

MAF has a permanent location in Port-au-Prince, said spokesperson Dianna Gibney.

MAF supports six families in Haiti. The organization also has 15 permanent staff and three planes stationed in the country. One of MAF’s agents, located in Jeremie survived the hurricane, but lost his home.

MAF will send down three pilots, one mechanic and possibly another plane, Gibney said.

The organization provides assistance and coordinates with other humanitarian organizations.

“The way MAF works is that we partner with other relief organizations to get to where the need is the greatest,” Gibney said. “Part of the problem is that no one can reach these people (in need). That’s where MAF comes in. We work to transport med supplies, food... We help organizations get to those difficult to reach.”

Erin Fenner: 208-377-6207, @erinfenner

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