In 2020, the Mirpuri Foundation contributed to delivering urgent humanitarian aid and medical supplies both to combat the global coronavirus pandemic and to support Beirut after it was devastated by a chemical explosion.


Collecting medical supplies from China:

The Mirpuri Foundation responded to combat the global coronavirus pandemic making a 100,000 euros donation to the costs of the mission to China to pick up vital medical supplies.

The Mirpuri Foundation is the principal sustainability partner of Hi Fly, and contributed for the airline’s Airbus A340 to depart from Lisbon, Portugal, to Shanghai in China, where it loaded up 24 tonnes of protective equipment and medical supplies, already in short supply in Portugal. To guarantee that the flight was undertaken, Hi Fly declined all profits from the mission.

More about this mission here.


Supporting Beirut:

The Mirpuri Foundation and Hi Fly teamed up to deliver humanitarian aid and medical equipment to Beirut, Lebanon, after the city was devastated by a huge chemical explosion.

The Hi Fly cargo plane carried 45 tonnes of donated relief, including survival essentials like water and food as well as medical supplies for doctors dealing with the fall out of the devastating explosion that destroyed much of the Lebanese capital.

Over 1800 individual doses of medication were donated directly the Mirpuri Foundation itself.

The Beirut Relief Flight was organised by Aviation Malta, Hi Fly, the Mirpuri Foundation and Captain Charles Pace of Transport Malta. This initiative received wide support from the aviation industry and the private sector and the Maltese public have also donated heavily to bring relief to the Lebanese people.

Following the explosion in Beruit on August 4th, about 300,000 were immediately displaced. Families have been forced into temporary shelter with relatives and friends, or in schools or other civic buildings. According to local assessments, as many as 500,000 people need immediate assistance with food, clothing, and shelter.

The Mirpuri Foundation and Hi Fly airline also supported the “Help Beirut” initiative. The campaign was created by Portuguese doctor Andreia Castro, who after traveling to Lebanon, found that an important section of the capital had been completely destroyed and was lacking in innumerable basic necessities.

Understanding the urgency of the situation, the Mirpuri Foundation immediately decided to contribute by providing 1800 individual doses of medicine and hospital material essential for health workers on the ground to continue to support the devastated population.

The Foundation extended it’s good work by organising a further three tonnes of cargo to be delivered on the Hi Fly aircraft as part of the “Help Beirut” initiative. The Mirpuri Foundation intervention meant that a rescue mission that was likely to have taken three weeks was completed in a single day, which given the urgency and significance of the material in question will make a huge difference.

More information here.