South African Airways’ (SAA) air freight division, SAA Cargo, is the proud partner of The Love Quilt Project (LQP), the U.S.-based non-profit organization that helps under-privileged children in South Africa and the U.S.
As part of South African Airways’ corporate social responsibility programs, SAA Cargo recently transported over 100 handmade quilts from the U.S. on behalf of Love Quilt Project. Many of these quilts were recently delivered in Pretoria, South Africa and the Western Cape province of South Africa to children who are orphaned and many of them affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Over the past five years, SAA Cargo, in partnership with the Love Quit Project, has transported over 400 quilts for the benefit of the children throughout South Africa.
“SAA Cargo has a long-standing partnership with The Love Quilt Project and is proud to be associated with an organization that has a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of children throughout South Africa,” said Justice Luthuli, General Manager, SAA Cargo. “We are honored to, once again, partner with the organization to bring hope and show love to these children through the beautifully handmade quilts.”
Gretchen Ginnerty, President, of the Love Quilt Project says, “LQP uses the healing power of love to change the lives of vulnerable and orphaned South African children, many of them affected by HIV and AIDS. American children send messages of love expressed through art to brighten lives and help heal these children. These messages are created on fabric squares stitched into beautiful quilts that are given to children in need. LQP teaches tolerance and compassion, and through this initiative, the children are taught about the healing power of love and its ability to positively impact the world.”
“This project is in line with our belief that, love is the common thread that binds us all together as humans.” In a spirit of reciprocity, the South African children receive this same lesson before they receive their quilt and also create art squares for quilts to be given to American children mostly affected by HIV/AIDS.