Watch the dedication ceremony that took place in Brantford, Ontario on October 08, 2021.

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Built in 1985 and bearing serial number 018, our Cessna Caravan dubbed “Wings of Hope” has faithfully served in Africa for over 35 years, including Angola since 1989. During that time, our aircraft has helped to multiply the effectiveness of a number of non-government partner organizations in Angola, including UNICEF, World Food Program, Red Cross, HALO Trust, and World Vision.

More recently, most of the 300-400 flight hours made each year are dedicated to medical support and community development projects operated in support of local medical partners, as well as National Geographic and HALO Trust which conducted surveys and de-mining operations in remote Southeast Angola.

As of February 1, 2021, our aircraft had accumulated 18,100 hours and 16,750 flights. The engine will be due for overhaul in roughly 500 hours. Though this 36-year old aircraft has served us well, as stewards of donated funds, we believe we can no longer justify the ever increasing costs of maintaining such a high time aircraft, including the cost of another imminent engine overhaul cycle.

Our future strategic plans to expand the reach of medical and surgical teams, as well as transporting additional patients and ever increasing payloads of medicines – including an anticipated role in cold-storage COVID-19 vaccine distributions – simply can’t be done with our current airplane.

The intent of this campaign is to replace the Caravan with a newer and updated version of the same aircraft type, which has proven itself to be very suitable for our operational needs in Angola.

Your gift towards this campaign will help keep us flying for life in Angola.

Thank you for considering this need at this time.

If it wasn’t for MAF, I wouldn’t have gotten here. MAF has become critical in multiplying what little resources we have. MAF is one of the few who didn’t run away from here.

– Dr. Stephen Foster
CEML Hospital (Angola)

Learn how the Angola Caravan is used

multiplying effectiveness

By multiplying the effectiveness of our partners, MAF flights address basic human needs relating to poverty and hunger, access to safe drinking water, health care, and spiritual growth.

Here are just a few of the organizations we’ve partnered with in Angola over the years:

A Caravan for Angola

The required specifications for our Angola Caravan are derived from standards used by MAF International and MAFUS, both of which operate an extensive fleet of similar aircraft and have an ongoing program of aircraft replacement.

For fleet commonality and optimization purposes, MAF Angola would operate a Caravan of similar specification to those of other MAF groups.

At the beginning of the campaign, the market value of a used Cessna Caravan 208B suitable for our needs ranges in price between $2.3 million and $2.8 million CAD depending on the installed equipment.

Combined with roughly $200,000 in fixed costs required for training and ferrying the aircraft to Angola, the total we were seeking for this entire project was $3 million CAD.

A lot has changed since then

Since the campaign began, MAF was able to secure an almost new (only 12 hours of flight time!) aircraft for $800,000 off the MSRP.

MAF Canada has already raised over $1.5 million in support of the new aircraft, along with an estimated $300,000 in equity from our existing aircraft, to secure the financing for the remaining funds needed.

This brings our current request to just under $1 million Canadian – for what is essentially a BRAND NEW CARAVAN!

Our God is good!

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