***The Denton Humanitarian Airlift Program has once again been discontinued for Afghanistan.***
Our Humanitarian Aid Efforts and Successes
We are striving to win "hearts and minds" in Afghanistan. Our efforts and successes were the result of the incredible generosity of the American people. Everything was donated. We were successful because of our partnerships with other non-profit organizations, corporate donors, universities, churches, and individual donors. We conducted clothing drives and school supply drives across the country. The Lamia Afghan Foundation airlifted over three and a half million pounds of cargo since 2010.
At the present time we will accept financial donations in order to purchase humanitarian aid--winter clothing and school supplies in Afghanistan. This will not only help needy people with things they need, but also help the Afghan economy by purchasing these items in country. It will create more jobs, which are badly needed.
Our Current Projects:
(A) Winter Supplies Distribution in Eastern Afghanistan 2016 and 2017:
We are funding a tent school for 500 refugee children in a Kabul refugee camp.
Our Past Projects
The Lamia Afghan Foundation was chosen specifically by Camp Phoenix (Operation Outreach), Kabul to coordinate a winter relief distribution project for many refugee camps in Winter 2013-2014. Items such as winter clothing, coal, sawdust bricks, tents, and other necessary winter relief items were distributed.
Winter 2012 Airlifted Relief
We airlifted the following winter aid, food, educational supplies and clothing:
- Wool-Aid partnered with us to send more than a quarter of a ton of warm, woolen clothing and blankets for Afghan children. The shipment totaled nearly 800 items, with almost half of these items in infant and toddler sizes to keep these children warm.
- 1,275,000 meals from Impact Lives and Feed My Starving Children into Afghanistan.
- 18,000 pounds of winter aid donated by Soles4Souls.
- Support the Troops is donating hygiene supplies, eduation toys, learning tools, volleyballs, and soccer balls which will be moved to Shindand District, Herat Province.
- H.E.L.P. International is providing winter aid and toys for children.
- Medical supplies from Healing Hands International will be moved into the medical clinic in Marshall Plan Charities' model village, Khairabad Village in Herat Province.
- Text books and teacher aids from International Rotary Books for the World for primary school children.
Winter 2011 Crisis Relief
In Winter 2011, The Lamia Afghan Foundation moved 28,000 pounds of winter relief (donated by H.E.L.P. International Colorado) from Bagram Airfield to Kabul and distributed by Aschiana Foundation. We distributed 186,624 packaged meals of rice/dried veg/soy protein with vitamins and minerals donated by Feed My Starving Children. Representatives in Kabul have purchased, through YOUR donations, large bags of coal, rice, beans, flour, cooking oil, sugar and more blankets. More winter relief, donated by Soles4Souls, was moved from Nashville, TN to Afghanistan by DENTON/USAID.
Rod Nordland of The New York Times reported on the plight of refugees in Kabul. Children were dying...freezing to death. The Lamia Afghan Foundation was listed in this article as a resource. We also partnered with The George Washington University's Afghan Student Association. They are hosting the War Against Winter in Afghanistan: Baby Formula Drive. View their Facebook page here.
- The New York Times - Long Neglected, Camps in Kabul Get a Deluge of Aid
- The New York Times - At War Blog, which lists The Lamia Afghan Foundation as a resource, along with others.
- The New York Times - Cold Weather Kills Children in Afghan Refugee Camps
- The New York Times - Afghan Officials Question Accounts of Children's Deaths from Cold
- The New York Times Blog - Winter in Afghanistan: Is it Sugar from God?
- The New York Times Blog - Uncovering the Sadness of Young Deaths
Feeding the Nations: In Winter 2011, we moved 275,000 meals from Feeding The Nations to Bamiyan Province for families living in caves. Bamiyan is a very poor province and the winters are brutal. This distribution will be coordinated with the military at Bagram AB and Governor Habiba Sarabi of Bamiyan Province. In 2011, Feeding the Nations provided 886,000 meals to The Lamia Afghan Foundation to move the people of Afghanistan. Feeding the Nations is an International Christian humanitarian relief organization whose mission is to deliver food, medicine, vitamins, planting seed and other necessities to families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or other natural disasters.
H.E.L.P. International: Thirty five pallets of winter relief were provided by H.E.L.P. International of Loveland, Co, which will also be distributed to the same families. All of this aid has been donated to The Lamia Afghan Foundation who will be airlifted this aid to Afghanistan by Denton USAID, military opportune airlift.
Healing Hands International & Loving Hugs: In Spring 2012, we moved 10,000 pounds of medical equipment and supplies, wheelchairs, winter relief, winter Crocs, stuffed animals (provided by Wendy Clark of Loving Hugs), and sewing fabric.
Soles 4 Souls: Thousands of pairs of boots and shoes have been donated along with many winter clothing items for the people of Afghanistan.
Airlifting Winter Relief
- From Nashville, Tennessee, we airlifted winter relief from Soles 4 Souls and Northwest Woolen Mills, and Healing Hands International, shoes from Crocs, medical supplies from Healing Hands International, treadle sewing machines, blankets, stuffed animals from "Loving Hugs", hand knitted infant items from "Stitches of Love". Additionally, there were hundreds of blankets from Davis Haddad's Patriot Day celebration. This was 30,000 pounds.
- From Loveland, Colorado, we airlifted winter parkas and snow pants donated by H.E.L.P. International. This was 50,000 pounds.
- From Abilene, Texas, we airlifted school supplies donated by Eternal Threads. Additionally, school desks and chairs were donated by Global Samaritan Resources. This was 10,000 pounds.
- From Freemont, California, we airlifted, for the second year, winter clothing and blankets collected by the Blanket Brigade, run by Ms. Saylai Mohammadi. This was 4,000 pounds.
- From Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts, we airlifted first aid supplies donated by Mr. John Fazzuoli of Work N Leisure. This was 6,000 pounds.
Other Airlift Projects
- Several drives that provided blankets, boots, shoes, jackets, and educational supplies to children in refugee camps and villages.
- A huge coordinated drive conducted simultaneously in Washington, D.C., Texas, Columbus, Ohio and San Francisco that produced over 220,000 pounds of goods for the Afghan children and their families.
- Several independent drives and donations totaled more than 150,000 pounds, including antibiotics, crutches, wheelchairs, shoes and cold weather supplies, toys, and nutritional items.
- We airlifted 75,000 pounds of winter relief, school supplies, and medical supplies from Nashville, Tennessee, with the help of the Tennessee National Guard and Healing Hands International of Nashville.
- The Lamia Afghan Foundation airlifted 100,000 pounds of donated soybeans to Afghanistan.
- We airlifted 40,000 pounds of winter relief, hygiene products, bedding, rice, beans, and other food items provided by the non-profit, Operation Ukraine, in Columbus, Mississippi.
- First Annual Winter Warmth Drive : On November 1, 2008, Lamia hosted a drive that took place simultaneously in three locations: Washington DC, Texas, and California. Over 70,000 pounds of clothing, building supplies, and other aid was gathered and prepared for shipment to Afghanistan.
- Two nutrition drives that provided more than 10,000 pounds of liquid formula