Help Bring Families Home from West Africa Amid a Global Pandemic
$225 / 30,000
As COVID-19 grew into a global pandemic this spring, governments across Africa raced to stop the spread of the virus by shutting down airports and land borders. Coronavirus cases in Mali and Burkina Faso are rising, with the potential to quickly overwhelm their hospitals and fragile health care systems. In the midst of this, American citizens and residents have had a difficult time returning safely to the United States, including those with elevated health risks.
The U.S. Embassy in Bamako, Mali, identified opportunities to fly back many of these citizens and permanent residents from Mali and Burkina Faso. So far the embassy has chartered two planes but has been unable to fully fund the remaining flight due to legal constraints on federal funding of repatriation loans. Without funding for all seats, the entire flight will be canceled, leaving nearly 200 people without a way to get home – and the embassy predicts commercial flights from the Sahel to the U.S. won’t reopen for at least two more months. With your support, Spirit of America will secure the remaining seats on the flight coordinated by U.S. Embassy Bamako, allowing nearly 200 U.S. citizens and residents to safely return to the United States.