“From education to childcare in developing countries, Wings of Support contributes to all kinds of local initiatives dedicated to children. “Martine Roell, Chair of Wings of Support
Who are we?
Wings of Support is an independent initiative of employees of the KLM Royal Dutch Airline group
We are all volunteers, unpaid, working from our own online ‘office’, connected to each other.
We help children by facilitating education, care and medical assistance, for example
But it all depends on the local needs of a specific organisation.
Our goal is to achieve sustainable improvement in the quality of children’s lives in their own living environment
And we do this with financial support from our donors and sponsors.
Local initiatives for children
Wings of Support has supported over hundreds of projects around the world. From offering psychological support to traumatised children to organising sports events or supplying computers to schools; it all depends on the needs of the specific organisation.
We support different type of initiatives, that all actively work towards improving the kids’ quality of life. Because the future of these kids is what matters most to us. Nowadays, Wings of Support has over 100 volunteers and receives monthly donations from more than 3,200 supporters, mainly consisting of KLM employees.
What sets Wings of Support apart from other good causes?
The fact that we, as volunteers, are actively involved in every project..
and that we can invest 97% of the donations directly into the local projects.
Donors are also free to visit projects,
which makes it more tangible to see how their money is spent.
And since Cabin and Flight crew members visit and evaluate the projects on our trips,
there aren’t any extra logistic costs.
More than 20 years of support
During his career, KLM captain Marius den Dulk noticed a lot of his colleagues were helping out at local children’s homes and schools in the underprivileged regions they were flying to. Many of KLM’s crew members shared the frustration of spending only a short time at a destination, which meant there was little they could do for these children. Feeling moved and motivated by his colleagues’ efforts, Den Dulk decided to publish an article in KLM’s in-house magazine, requesting staff to join forces and take action. He got an overwhelming number of enthusiastic responses from colleagues, and within three months Wings of Support was established, on 6 November 1998.