Emirates Skywards: Helping to reach those affected by disaster and conflict faster

A consignment of emergency relief supplies being unloaded in Malawi

Skywards is the frequent flyer programme of Emirates, the United Arab Emirates’ international airline. Since 2004, Emirates has supported CARE International, launching the partnership with an initial donation of 1 million Skywards Miles as well as inviting members of the Skywards programme to donate additional Miles.

Thanks to their generosity, these donations help us respond to humanitarian emergencies around the world, by covering the flight costs for CARE staff to travel to disaster areas. Through this scheme, we have been able to send specialist staff to countries affected by natural disasters and conflicts, helping us reach those in greatest humanitarian need. These donations are essential to our work and give us the flexibility to respond quickly in emergency situations and carry out important monitoring and evaluation work long after the media’s attention has moved on.

The Emirates and CARE partnership has long focused on supporting communities affected by disaster. As the partnership continues to grow and with the continuing generosity of Skywards members, we have looked to broaden the usage of the air miles to support CARE’s wider humanitarian and development programmes: women’s economic empowerment, climate change, food security and nutrition, and sexual, maternal and reproductive health. The impact of this is of great value to CARE, saving hundreds of thousands in travel costs and enabling us to put the money saved towards the essential needs of each programme.