Hundreds of Afghan women and children will be prepared well in advance of the extreme winter months, thanks to a partnership between DHL, the leading global express and logistics company, and DynCorp International.
The two companies partnered to deliver nearly 150 boxes of winter clothing and supplies to Kabul, Afghanistan, to be distributed to local communities.
The winter items were collected by the Afghan-American Women’s Association (A-AWA), which initially launched its winter coat drive in 2010 to collect clothing, monetary donations and supplies for citizens in high-need areas of Afghanistan — many of whom are women and school-aged children.
Since then, the annual drive has grown tremendously through widespread community support. With such a high volume of donations, DynCorp and DHL teamed up to find a solution for the transport of A-AWA’s critical supplies to those in need in Afghanistan.
“With an increasing number of partners such as the DynCorp International and DHL Express, the Winter Coat Drive Project will have the capacity to cover more vulnerable families during the harsh winters of Afghanistan,” said Shahla Ahmadi, Afghan-American Women’s Association president.
“DHL Express is proud to leverage its global network to help the supplies and clothing gathered by A-AWA make its way into the hands of Afghan women and children in need,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express U.S. “By joining forces with DI, we truly support our mission of connecting people and improving lives — in this case making a difference in the lives of thousands of Afghan citizens.”
DHL Express and DI coordinated transportation of the donations from the A-AWA in Fairfax, Virginia. In total, DHL Express shipped more than 6,000 pounds of donated clothing and winter supplies.
“Being able to make a positive impact in some of the communities where we work is a priority for DI,” said Mark Mirelez, DynCorp International vice president, Supply Chain Management. “We are grateful for this partnership with DHL Express that has allowed us to continue our support of the Afghan-American Women’s Association.”