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Air Canada Shipment to Warsaw for Ukraine refugees - 2

April 21, 2022

Flexport.org Ukraine Relief Effort – How We Help


Susy Schöneberg

VP of Impact and General Manager, Flexport.org


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In response to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine, Flexport.org continues to deliver critical aid to refugees impacted by the conflict.

Impact Numbers

As of May 19, 2022, Flexport.org has shipped:

  • Over 1,985,261 lbs, or 6,137 CBM of aid.
  • To six countries, including Ukraine, Poland, Moldova, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia
  • Including items such as hospital beds and mattresses, emergency medical equipment (PPE, syringes, needles, birthing supplies, IV solution), hygiene kits (towels, shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste), and medical grade refrigerators for vaccines
  • In partnership with 19 aid organizations including Airlink, Save the Children, UNICEF, and Project C.U.R.E.

Shipments Delivered

April 26: Medical supplies into Ukraine

In partnership with Nova Ukraine, we’ve delivered 32 CBM of medical supplies in Ukraine. Those supplies included gloves and PPE to keep health care providers safe, and surgery equipment to enable doctors to continue their operations and treat patients.

April 20: Mattresses trucked to Slovakia

We partnered with the UN’s Organization of Migration (IOM) to deliver 10 full truckloads of mattresses, or 770 CBM, from Turkey to Slovakia. This successful delivery speaks to the speed and efficiency in which this partnership with IOM and General Transport was set up - in a particularly difficult market with increasing fuel prices and traffic. In these types of conflicts, trucking is often the primary, and most effective, mode for getting critical supplies into the affect region. We’re especially grateful to our trucking partners who allow us to bring necessary aid directly into Ukraine.

April 19: Hygiene kits to Poland

Working with Heart to Heart International, the global humanitarian organization, we delivered 24 CBM of hygiene kits to Poland. Each hygiene kit includes a wash cloth, hand towel, soap, shampoo, and other essential hygiene supplies. This shipment was supported by our logistics partners, including JetOneX, Uni-Logistics, Schneider Peklar, and Sennder.

April 18: Hygiene kits to Romania

In partnership with Heart to Heart International, the global humanitarian organization, we delivered 39 CBM or 25 pallets of hygiene kits to Romania. These hygiene kits, which contain essentials like shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, allow refugees from the Ukraine conflict to maintain their hygiene and dignity. These kits were delivered with the support air carrier JetOneX.

April 17: Relief aid to Poland

With Orphan Grain Train, we’ve delivered 16 CBM or ten pallets of relief aid, including hygiene kits, toothbrushes, linens, diapers, and various first aid/medical equipment, into Poland. For this shipment, we worked with logistics partners, including JetOneX, Schneider + Peklar Spedition, Five Star Freight, and Am Trans Expedite to bring the relief aid into the hands of Ukrainian refugees.

April 15: Medical supplies into Poland

We’ve delivered 52 CBM of medical supplies, which include PPE, orthopedic equipment and medical consumables, to Poland in partnership with Nova Ukraine. Nova Ukraine is a nonprofit dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine and raising awareness about Ukraine in the United States.

April 14: Aid shipments to Ukraine

In partnership with International Medical Corps, we’ve delivered 23 CBM of aid shipments with the help of Schneider and Parker. These contain a range of relief items, including blankets, hygiene supplies, and medical equipment, to Ukraine. The International Medical Corps, is the world’s leading first responder, and through their dedicated Ukraine relief effort, have delivered critical supplies and medical services to nearly 2.9 million people in Ukraine, Poland and Moldova in the past two months.

April 1: Emergency medical equipment to Ukraine

In partnership with Airlink, we delivered 42 CBM of emergency medical equipment, including PPE, syringes, needles, birthing supplies, and IV solution from Chicago to Ukraine.

Founded in 2009, Airlink is a humanitarian aid organization that works alongside aviation and logistics partners to transport relief workers and emergency supplies for NGOs in times of disaster and crises.

March 30: Ambulances delivered into Ukraine

Together through our partnership with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), we’ve delivered 9 ambulances into Ukraine to assist with medical care. Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders, is one of the leading international organizations focused on delivering medical assistance to those affected by conflict and disasters. Read more about their on-the-ground medical response in Ukraine here.

March 28: Medical-grade refrigerators delivered to Poland

In partnership with International Medical Corps (IMC), we’ve delivered 3 pallets of medical-grade refrigerators – equipment critical to preserving and maintaining efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines – to Poland.

Flexport.org is grateful for the long-established partnership with IMC, which has been on the frontlines of the world’s crises since 1984. Currently, IMC is working on the ground in Ukraine to provide medical, mental health, and protection services to those impacted by the conflict, and has established support teams in Poland, Moldova, and Romania.

March 27: Mattresses to Ukraine

In partnership with Medicins San Frontieres (MSF), we’ve delivered 13 CBM of mattresses into Ukraine.

March 25 & March 28: Medical supplies and medical exam tables to Poland

In partnership with Project C.U.R.E., we’ve delivered 94 CBM of medical supplies, including gloves, syringes, and 48 medical exam tables to Poland.

Project C.U.R.E. is the world's largest distributor of donated medical equipment and supplies to resource-limited communities around the world. Even prior to the recent conflict, Project C.U.R.E has worked in Ukraine and has delivered over 50 shipments to Ukrainian facilities since 2000.

March 21: Responding to the Moldovan Ministry of Health’s request for medical supplies

Following a request for medical supplies from Moldova’s Ministry of Health, we partnered with aid organizations, Airlink, Globus Relief, and World Hope International, to deliver 430 CBM, or 75,000 lbs, of medical equipment from Chicago to Moldova.

This shipment was supported by our logistics partners, Atlas Air and Alliance Ground International, and speaks to the successful coordination of multiple organizations and logistics providers to deliver humanitarian aid at a time of crisis. Moldova, a bordering country to Ukraine, has one of the highest number of Ukrainian refugees per capita, making the aid that much more critical.

Media Coverage: Link to Press Release

March 16, March 19, March 25: Thousands of hygiene kits to Poland

Together with UNICEF, the leading humanitarian aid organization, we’ve delivered 238 CBM of hygiene kits, or roughly 5,670 hygiene kits, to refugees in Poland.

Hygiene kits include buckets, sanitary pads, soap, and torches, and are some of the first to be deployed in sudden-onset emergencies as they provide those impacted with basic items to maintain hygiene and uphold their dignity. With this specific shipment, we’re especially grateful for the logistics support of our partners, DART Global Logistics, and Uni-Logistics.

March 10: Hospital beds and medical equipment to treat injured Ukrainian civilians

Together with disaster logistics nonprofit Airlink, relief organization Project C.U.R.E., and air carrier Air Canada, we have delivered 45 CBM of hospital beds and medical equipment to Ukraine.

Following the shipment’s arrival in Ukraine, Project C.U.R.E. worked to distribute the supplies to hospitals treating Ukrainian civilians who had been injured during the war. Expanding the capacity of hospitals in bordering regions is a critical priority, as primary care has been identified by aid agencies as one of the most pressing needs with the conflict.

Media Coverage: Link to CBC News Canada Clip

Flexport.org Ukraine Aid Overview

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. Over 11 million people have fled from their homes, at below-freezing temperatures, primarily women, children and the elderly.

To address this growing crisis, Flexport.org, the impact arm of Flexport, is organizing shipments of relief goods into Ukraine, and to refugee sites across Eastern Europe including Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova. We partner with established aid organizations like UNICEF, Airlink, and Project C.U.R.E., and through our partnerships with airline carriers and truckers are able to provide capacity at a low cost.

Flexport is in it for the long-term as crises like these require years of recovery and rebuilding efforts, and refugees are displaced on average for twenty years. We’ll use the funds for a sustainable disaster response, including long-term support for Ukrainians. We’re doing this pro bono, and will not earn any profits off this campaign.

As of April 27, we’ve raised over $25.7M.

Please donate what you can at flexport.org/donate, and share the link with your friends and family.

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