14 Sep 2022 | UK
The Amir Khan Foundation has partnered with UK charitable company Hands Across The Skies to deliver a 35-ton shipment of aid to Pakistan after monsoon floods have devastated the country.
Presently, more than one-third of Pakistan is underwater, with floods causing the deaths of over 1,200 people. Thirty-three million people - 15% of the country’s total population - have been affected by the disaster.
Earlier this month, the Amir Khan Foundation launched an emergency appeal for the country, and mobilised its team in Pakistan to begin the immediate distribution of aid across KPK, South Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan - some of the worst-hit areas.
Following comprehensive assessments carried out by the foundation’s team on the ground, and with direct consultation and advice from authorities, the Amir Khan Foundation has identified immediate needs as personal hygiene items including hygiene kits, towels, blankets, nappies, sanitary towels, soap, mosquito repellents and more.
The chartered shipment of aid will leave the UK at 9pm BST on 14 September from East Midlands Airport carrying critical relief supplies.
The ‘humanitarian airbridge solution’, Hands Across The Skies, pledged its support to the foundation to facilitate the shipment. The UK-based organisation aims to connect children across the globe in times of crisis to provide support and solidarity. Their inaugural flight delivered aid to Ukraine at the peak of the crisis.
Director of the Hands Across The Skies, Mark L. Baker, who is the father of Hands Across the Skies founder - six-year-old Madison - said: “Madison and our ambassadors wanted to help. We are here to support our ambassadors and to support Amir, who has consistently given so much to the people of this country, and who has been an amazing ambassador of the UK. It is our shared objective to save lives and to protect and preserve the true wealth of Pakistan: its youth. We hope that in some small way our donation, support and ongoing commitment to the Amir Khan Foundation will assist to provide our love, support and our Aviation Airbridge Solutions to the children and families in Pakistan, whose lives have been so terribly affected”.
Khan’s daughter, 8-year-old Lamaisah Khan, joins Hands Across The Skies as their Pakistan ambassador. “Seeing the floods on TV was very scary,” said Lamaisah. “I was worried for my family and I want to help all the children who don’t have homes anymore.”
Founder and Trustee of the Amir Khan Foundation, two-time World Boxing Champion Amir Khan, said: “Pakistan is in dire need of our help. Families have been left completely destitute, and the need for aid is astronomical”. On the foundation’s partnership with Hands Across The Skies, Khan added: “I’m thrilled to be partnering with Hands Across The Skies.
Our children are our future, so it’s important they engage with each other and build these bridges - especially at a time of great need. My deepest gratitude to Mark Baker for his generous donation of the flight and helping my team with the logistics of this shipment. It really renews my faith in humanity when we come together like this during a crisis”.
The Amir Khan Foundation is now receiving donations directly through its website for its Emergency Floods Appeal: www.amirkhanfoundation.com/pakistanfloods as well as a dedicated JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/campaign/pakistanfloodsappeal