MANO A MANO AND IBERIA DELIVER THREE TONNES OF HUMANITARIAN AID TO PERU
- Cold temperatures have caused the deaths of scores of children by pneumonia
Madrid, July 23rd, 2007
On Saturday, an Iberia aircraft on a regular flight to Lima, Peru, carried three tonnes of blankets and food rations for victims of the cold wave in the country. The aid organisation set up by Iberia employees, Mano a Mano (“Hand to Hand”) and the Cave Rescue Group of the Burgos Mountains had gathered the aid materials.,
Areas of Peru are in a critical situation due to freak winter temperatures which have dropped as low as -25ºC. So far at least fifty children are reported to have died from pneumonia due to the cold, and the toll is expected to rise.
The cold wave, which has persisted for three weeks in the Andean mountain regions of central and southern Peru, has led the government to declare a 60-day state of emergency for 60 days in 13 territories. The emergency is expected to last through August, and the authorities are trying to distribute sufficient emergency supplies of clothing, medicines, and food.
Iberia, in cooperation with the Mano a Mano organisation, has been actively involved in the delivery of humanitarian aid to the needy at the airline’s destinations around the world, carrying it in the unused hold space of aircraft. In addition to gathering emergency aid, Mano a Mano provides ongoing support for several humanitarian initiatives in Peru, such as the Ciudad de los Niños child care centre in San Juan de Miraflores and the Hogar del Perpetuo Socorro. The organisation was founded by Iberia employees in the early 1990s at the initiative of Iberia cabin attendant María Alventosa, who used her own luggage allowance to carry aid to Iberia destinations. Her dedication to this cause has made her a candidate for this year’s Prince of Asturias Concordia Award. The award is given to honour individuals who have contributed in exemplary ways to the struggle against injustice, poverty, disease, or ignorance.
Today, Iberia is Spain’s leading airline and also leader on routes linking Europe with Latin America. It posted an operating income of about 5.4 billion euros, net earnings of 116.1 million euros and an Ebitdar of 790.5 million euros in 2006. It is also distinguished by its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible conduct. Along with its franchise partner Iberia Regional, Iberia operates some 1,000 flights each day to about 100 different destinations. Last year, Iberia carried a total of 33 million passengers. It is a member of the oneworld airline alliance, along with American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, JAL, LAN, Malev, Qantas and Royal Jordanian.
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