Last month I flew building material for a new church from Poik to a village in the Yali tribe. A small plane brought the material to Poik in advance, and from there I did 27 external load shuttles at 4 minutes each to the remote valley.
There are many Christians in Papua, and they enjoy celebrating Christmas. Indonesian and English Christmas Carols can be heard everywhere, in the houses and on the streets. Lots of people dress up traditionally to celebrate.
Sometimes we have to do flights we really don’t want to do. One morning as I was about to start the day’s flying, the chief pilot of a partner organisation came to me. He told me that one of their small airplanes had come off the runway during landing in a remote village and was now bent up and stuck in the ditch.
Helimission’s aim is to bring social, medical and humanitarian help to people in remote and inaccessible areas. Helimission is non-denominational and helps those in need without consideration of their religious affiliation.
Have you ever wondered about what goes on behind the scenes and the number of steps it takes until our newsletter is in your hands ready to read? In the countries we serve, our staff face new challenges every day: they have many interesting, beautiful, encouraging, but also sad, tragic and difficult experiences that they need to process. In a monthly report they send their news to Headquarters in Trogen…
How is Helimission funded? We are supported financially by private donations from a large number of supporters. Some give a one-off donation, and others have been supporting us on a regular basis for many years. We do not receive any government funding.
The Helimission Foundation was founded by Ernie and Hedi Tanner in 1971 as a nonprofit relief organization. We are registered as a tax free charitable foundation in Herisau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland. Our headquarters are situated in Trogen, Switzerland.
What does “Always prepared” have to do with a Hangar being upgraded?
Our central parts depot, which stores helicopter spare parts, needed to be updated to meet the new requirements of the civil aviation authorities. The depot is a lockable contained space in the hangar, containing only helicopter parts. It is fitted with a temperature and humidity gauge.