Recently, Heart to Heart traveled to Washington, D.C. for several events.
First, to see our anniversary airlift fly out of Andrews Air Force Base heading to Moldova. And second, for a State Department ceremony marking 20 years of the FREEDOM Support Act.
That bit of legislation paved the way for hundreds of airlifts to the countries of the former Soviet Union. It was signed into law four months after Heart to Heart’s pioneering airlift to Moscow in May of 1992, the airlift that actually birthed Heart to Heart as a non-profit and NGO.
During the past 20 years, Heart to Heart has flown several humanitarian airlifts to various countries in Europe & Asia, working closely with the State Department under grants provided under Operation Provide Hope.
“Operation Provide Hope shows what can be accomplished when relatively modest foreign aid leverages the incredible resources and enthusiasm of U.S. charitable organizations and private companies,” said Daniel Rosenblum, the State Department’s coordinator of U.S. assistance to Europe and Eurasia (on the far left in the photo above).
As it’s been 20 years, the State Department invited Heart to Heart to attend a commemoration, and provided Heart to Heart founder Dr. Gary Morsch an opportunity to speak on behalf of all NGO’s that have participated in these airlifts.
Not too long after the ceremony ended, it was wheels-up for the anniversary airlift.
This airlift is Heart to Heart’s largest yet under the State Department’s Operation Provide Hope, in terms of value.
Packed onboard an Air Force C-17, medical aid and supplies weighing 18.5 tons and worth $12-Million (U.S. wholesale), took off from Andrews AFB for Moldova, a small country in Eastern Europe.
Accompanying the cargo, state department staffers, and a team of doctors and medical personnel recruited by Heart to Heart who will work with their counterparts in Moldova to distribute medicine and aid, and conduct training.
The trip to Moldova is still underway… We’ll have photos and more once our Heart to Heart team returns stateside.