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3 aircraft
43 staff
64 destinations
211 partner organisations

The Challenge

While Kenya’s economy and development continue to grow, the focus has typically been centred on the main cities in the country’s central highlands. The situation is strikingly different in the north and eastern parts of the country. A telling indicator is maternal mortality, which is ten times higher in north-eastern Kenya compared to Nairobi. In addition, this region continues to be threatened by the activities of Al Shabaab.

Kenya’s development is also affected by regular environmental hardships. A drought in 2017 wiped out the livelihoods of many and failed crops resulted in high food prices which drove many families into poverty. Record rains in 2018 then compounded the hardship by bringing widespread flooding and the resulting outbreaks of water-borne disease. In 2020 some regions have been impacted by both severe flooding and locust swarms. Some 80% of Kenya’s land is classified as desert or semi-arid, leaving the country’s population extremely dependent on the annual rain cycle

In addition, Kenya’s refugee camps host a population of 550,000 displaced people due to conflict in neighbouring Somalia and South Sudan.

Our Operation

MAF has operated in Kenya continuously since 1959, serving remote communities through providing safe, secure flight services. We serve local church groups, missionaries, NGOs, and development and relief agencies who are working to provide access to healthcare, safe drinking water and the Gospel to the isolated people of Kenya, particularly in the north and east of the country.

We have twice-weekly shuttle flights to and from Marsabit, in the north-east, and to and from Lokichoggio, in the north-west (connecting with MAF South Sudan flights) which facilitate the work of numerous partner organisations. Passengers and/or freight can be booked in either direction, and by request the plane can stop at intermediate destinations on both routes. Accessing a doctor or seeking specialist medical care is not always easy in remote locations in Kenya. The programme supports remote communities and the mission community with the transportation of non-critical patient transfers, where further medical care is required from major medical facilities in cities.

A new partnership with CURE is bringing medical help to people living with disabilities in the north and east, where there is a lack of provision for even the most basic healthcare. Children and adults with disabilities not only suffer the stigma and shame of their condition, but also the pain of treatable conditions left untended. CURE has extensive experience in organising medical outreach in Kenya, with the skills and capacity to introduce their mobile clinic model to the area. However, accessing these communities overland is dangerous and time-consuming. MAF flights enable easy access and facilitate these medical safaris taking place.

Finally, the programme provides regional support in a variety of ways for other MAF programmes, in particular the South Sudan team: as the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holder for their five Caravan aircraft, the programme maintains Quality and Safety oversight, flight training/re-currency and aircraft maintenance. Regional maintenance and avionics support is also provided to MAF Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Chad and other programmes.

Quote: ‘We have people spreading the Gospel, especially in the unreached areas. Let’s make it easy for them to hear the word of God. I thank MAF for the 60 years that you have served in this country and beyond.’ Senator Rev Naomi Waqo