On Sunday, September 1, The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS, and The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) partnered to airfreight 220,000 pounds of emergency aid to Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to assist displaced Syrian children and families. The relief cargo included lifesaving health and sanitation kits, therapeutic foods, tents, mats, water, early childhood materials, and education supplies. According to UNICEF, Syrian refuges in Iraq now number more than 200,000 -- some 50,000 refugees arrived in the last two and a half weeks, half of whom are children.
"Making a lasting difference around the world is a part of The UPS Foundation's mission," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. "Our organization is proud to work with UNICEF to respond to the humanitarian crisis affecting the millions of displaced Syrians."
In addition to mobilizing aid for Syrians in refugee camps, The UPS Foundation utilizes UPS's logistics expertise, transportation assets, and worldwide network to assist in community safety efforts, including disaster preparedness, relief efforts, volunteer deployment, and safe driving programs. This year, The UPS Foundation continues to support global communities with more than $5.5 million in donations, plus an additional $1.6 million committed to in-kind services, to 23 organizations that promote community safety through humanitarian relief and road safety initiatives.