Project information

Leave no one behind Flying for Life in South Sudan

Recognising that those living in isolated rural areas lack access to basic physical care and development opportunities, MAF plans to purchase an additional C208B aircraft to meet the demand from our NGO partners, enabling them to provide an essential lifeline, ensuring no one is left behind.

Once the funds have been raised, a suitable C208B will be sourced, and then modified to meet MAF criteria. This process can be lengthy and depends on many factors.

Charity information: Mission Aviation Fellowship

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  • Need


    Instability has crippled the development of South Sudan, making it one of the least developed countries in the world. Much of the country is virtually inaccessible by overland transport; road travel is time consuming and dangerous, and worse during the six-month rainy season when many areas are totally cut-off – it is a significant obstacle to the effective delivery of aid and development. Air transport is, therefore, the safest, most reliable and effective means of reaching isolated people.


    NGOs develop their humanitarian relief programmes knowing that MAF’s vital aviation support is available. With 78% of South Sudanese residing in rural areas, gaining access to the country’s most isolated regions to enable humanitarian and sustainable development projects is essential. Our current aircraft are working to full capacity. The additional aircraft will increase the number of flights MAF can provide, enabling an additional 3,500 passengers to fly with us each year.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To save human life and improve the livelihoods of vulnerable people in South Sudan


    » Source and purchase a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
    » Modify the aircraft to meet MAF and regulatory requirements for operating in remote and undeveloped conditions
    » Provide flights in support of local and international NGOs, to isolated communities

    What success will look like

    Success will be flying an additional 1,000 aid-related passengers per annum on the new aircraft through the flight operation service

    Aim 2

    Increase the number of shuttle and/or charter flights per week for NGOs


    » Regular meetings with both existing and new NGOs to assess the needs
    » Contact various networks to increase awareness of MAFs additional flight capability amongst new NGOs

    What success will look like

    The number of shuttle flights per week will increase to seven and/or capacity for extra charter flights, equating to an increase of 45 flying hours per month

    Aim 3

    Saving NGOs time and enabling them to undertake two/three times more work on development projects


    » 3. Regular meetings with NGOs to ensure we fly to areas which cannot easily or safely be reached by overland transport ie would take many hours/days

    What success will look like

    Success will be the aircraft being fully booked and utilised by NGOs

    Aim 4

    Ensuring NGOs reach their destinations safely or, in conflict situations, depart safely


    » Ensure the aircraft is maintained to international regulatory standards
    » Closely monitor the security situation in-country, liaising with NGOs, the UN, and government officials
    » Provide disaster response flights
    » Provide swift evacuation flights in life threatening circumstances

    What success will look like

    Through the regular aircraft maintenance programme, aircraft uptime is maintained, thus enabling demand for MAFs flight services to be met

    Aim 5

    To provide a vital lifeline and access to emergency medical treatment


    » 5. Provide emergency medical evacuation flights from remote locations to a suitable medical facility for NGO staff and vulnerable communities
    » Provide flights for doctors and medical staff, and other development specialists
    » Fly supplies, medical equipment, medicines, vaccines

    What success will look like

    Success will be meeting the demand for emergency medical evacuations as and when requested

  • Impact


    By increasing our flying capacity and thus our support to NGOs across South Sudan, this project will ensure that isolated communities will have greater access to humanitarian aid and development – ensuring that no one is left behind. For example, MAF will continue to work with NGOs such as IMA World Health, who provide primary healthcare to over 100,000 people. With the clinics distributing two-to-three tonnes of medical supplies each quarter, MAF flights are vital to maintain stocks.


    The risks include: finding a suitable low hour C208B; fluctuating exchange rates; aircraft registration delays; suitably skilled aircraft engineers are unavailable. These are mitigated by: searching worldwide for a suitable aircraft, using brokers if necessary; monitor exchange rates closely, bargain for the best deal; inform the Civil Aviation Authority as soon as possible of the impending arrival of the aircraft; pre-planning to ensure that suitably skilled aircraft engineers are available.


    Donors to this project will receive a quarterly report on the project detailing the work which the aircraft has enabled during the period, or at intervals as requested

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,740,600

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,740,600 C208B Cessna 208B Grand Caravan

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Individuals, trusts, organisations £1,465,861 Guaranteed
  • Background


    With a population of 12.5 million, South Sudan is at the tail end of economic development. Decades of struggle to separate from Sudan have resulted in two million deaths and shattered infrastructure. Within three years of the break from Sudan, conflict between the dominant Nuer and Dinka ethnic groups erupted and more than 3.5 million people have been forced to flee for safety, many seeking refuge in one of the many internally displaced people camps.


    MAF provides support to over 100 NGOs in South Sudan, enabling them to work in the remotest locations where the most disadvantaged people live. By reducing travel times we multiply the effectiveness of those we fly. Each flight brings help, hope and healing to remote communities, and carries solutions to address the needs where they occur; overcoming barriers it is the men, women and children, living in rural areas who will receive help that would not otherwise reach them.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    MAF has been operating in South Sudan since 1950, and has a long-term commitment to help meet the many needs in the war-torn, remote and forgotten parts of the country. MAF’s operations have the support of government officials, the Civil Aviation Authority and the NGO community. Currently, MAF works in active partnership with more than 100 different organisations, who depend on us for their continued support and growth of remote communities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ed Hawthorn

    – MAFI Fleet Manager, his knowledge and experience are key in securing the right aircraft, modified to the correct specification

MAF has been very helpful. They’ve been there in case of hard times, terrible times in South Sudan which can happen any time. They’ve come in as scheduled, they’ve come in when it’s risky and taken out staff, or brought in food deliveries, or medical supplies which were needed to save a situation

James Iriri, Logistics/Operations Officer, Medair