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Causes with Wings in the year of COVID-19

Learn about the work TAP Donate Miles Programme partners did in 2020 and how your miles helped.

Estímulo

In 2020 the amount of travel by Estímulo was cut right back because of the pandemic we are all dealing with. However, with the TAP Donate Miles Programme, it managed to strengthen its partnerships in Mozambique, Cape Verde and Brazil. 

Estímulo

Main activities
In Savane in Beira, Mozambique, where 42 families have been resettled from Cabo Delgado because of terrorism, Estímulo worked with local organisations to distribute food parcels. On the Cape Verdean island of Santiago, it is developing a training programme for illiterate women that will allow them earn money for their children’s education.
TAP Donate Miles Programme’s contribution
The TAP Donate Miles Programme has enabled Estímulo to continue the “Global Health Programme” in Cape Verde and Mozambique, a project that is helping around 15,000 people get access to clean drinking water and basic health care.

For the whole of 2021, Estímulo will be able to increase the work it is currently doing and launch new programmes, particularly in São Paulo in Brazil, where it has a partnership in the area of education. This partnership will get involved in communities to improve their access to basic food and hygiene care.
 

Mundo A Sorrir

Mundo a Sorrir came together with TAP through the TAP Donate Miles Programme as a way to enable the international and domestic travel that is essential to the work it does. Because of the global pandemic, Mundo a Sorrir decided to restructure its international projects, meaning TAP’s contribution was essential for the coordination missions necessary to assess the greatest needs, to strengthen its links with local partners and to hold meetings to analyse the opportunities and needs for future projects.

Mundo A Sorrir

About the organisation

Mundo a Sorrir has operated in the Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa (PALOP) since 2005, with the following results:

  • 141,243 beneficiaries;
  • 69,018 oral screenings;
  • 99,794 oral hygiene kits distributed;
  • 26,976 dental treatments;
  • 2,777 actions to promote and teach health and hygiene care.
TAP Donate Miles Programme’s contribution
Because of the TAP Donate Miles Programme, it was able to make three international trips to São Tomé and Príncipe and Guinea-Bissau.
The Saúde a Sorrir project requires continuity, monitoring and adaptation to the countries in which it operates (São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde), in order to meet the specific needs of each country.
 

We Are Changing Together (WACT)

The past year has brought uncertainty and many challenges. A strange virus appeared that separated us and which brought out the worst and the best in us.
In the middle of all this, WACT also had to adapt to this new reality. Used to working in the field, all of a sudden the organisation realised it needed to do all its work digitally. It was forced to postpone trips to São Tomé and Príncipe and it needed to bring back most of its volunteers. Just one volunteer decided to stay behind to continue helping the communities. Even so, with few resources and most of its projects cancelled, it was possible to get some work done in the field with the communities in São Tomé and Príncipe. 
 

WACT

Main activities
In partnership with the National Youth Council of São Tomé and Príncipe, it was able to provide logistics support to three communities on the island.
It also conducted training courses and workshops (including the “Generation Without Limits Youth Challenge” boot camp (PNUD and UNICEF)), promoted the Youth Interaction Centres, was involved in events and seminars (such as International Women’s Day, the Teachers’ and Educators’ Union International Seminar, the “Child Sex Abuse” lecture at the Neves Secondary School and the “I am the equality generation: achieving women’s rights” event at the Portuguese Cultural Centre). It also helped train young people and women at the Agostinho Neto and Santa Catarina plantations, empowering 25 women in the process.
 
TAP Donate Miles Programme’s contribution
Without this partnership with TAP, WACT would never have been able to bring its volunteers back safely to Portugal. With TAP’s help, WACT will be able to send new trainees and volunteers into the field. Words cannot express our gratitude. Together we can fight for a world in which everybody has the tools they need to improve their quality of life and that of others. Thank you.

Solidariedade Internacional a Moçambique (SIM)

We, the leaders of SIM (Solidariedade Internacional a Moçambique - International Solidarity with Mozambique), would like to express our gratitude for all the support we have received from the TAP Air Portugal team and TAP Miles&Go passengers through the TAP Donate Miles Programme, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic year of 2020.

SIM

Main activities
In Mozambique, 25 Mozambican volunteers have been engaged in 59 activities across five provinces (Inhambane, Manica, Maputo, Sofala and Cabo Delgado) teaching people the proper use of reusable masks, soap and how to disinfect using ash.
Notable numbers
An integral part of the Covid-19 prevention activities was the importance of getting clean drinking water to locations where there wasn’t any. Three wells were dug in the Beira district to provide water to 6,500 people, while a well for 700 people was dug in the Inhassoro district. Just as important were the 8.5 tonnes of rice that were delivered to 1,114 families on the island of Bazaruto. Despite the many challenges, we managed to complete a number of prevention activities and campaigns during a year that was marked by the pandemic. All of this was possible with the help and goodwill of all those who contributed and took part. Thank you.
TAP Donate Miles Programme’s contribution
Despite all that the year threw at us, we were able to complete two aid missions in the fields of education and health in three Mozambican provinces: Inhambane, Sofala and Manica. These missions were carried out by nine Portuguese volunteers who travelled using miles donated by TAP Air Portugal passengers.

Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vítima (APAV)

TAP has been a powerful friend to APAV as it develops its activities to support the victims of crime. Through the TAP Donate Miles Programme, TAP has helped make APAV’s national and international activities possible.

APAV

Major changes
Everyone’s life changed with the outbreak of the pandemic in Portugal in 2020, and APAV was no exception. There was a need to reorganise in March in order to continue offering all necessary assistance to victims who were in a vulnerable situation, while responding to all reported situations and requests for contact. Except in urgent cases (such as sex crimes) the Victim Support Offices and the specialist sub-networks (throughout the country) began offering non-face-to-face services. Meetings and monitoring sessions were held via Skype and video call.
Main activities
The Victim Support line (116006) and the Secure Internet line (800219090) were enhanced with the availability of more technicians. Prevention and public awareness campaigns about the major criminal threats at this time – cybercrime and domestic violence, among others – were launched on social networks, along with a number of tips and available contacts.
TAP Donate Miles Programme’s contribution
With the Portuguese airline company's programme, APAV is committed to continuing to uphold the rights of victims of crime, as well as enhancing its international activities and dialogue with partner associations.

Médecins du Monde (MdM)

Mission Ndedja is Médecins du Monde's response to tropical cyclone Idai, which hit central Mozambique in 2019, displacing an estimated 1.85 million people. This camp is home to 402 families, or 2,170 people, including 965 children.

MdM

TAP Donate Miles Programme’s contribution
In such an atypical year, in which it was necessary to readjust the budget for the unforeseen need that was the Covid-19 pandemic, it was the TAP Donate Miles Programme and the contributions of passengers that enabled us to help these families by providing them with basic health care, and to conduct literacy initiatives among the population, employees and volunteers in the field regarding the symptoms and preventive actions required in the face of this disease, all of which enabled us to fulfil our mission.
About Ndedja
Ndedja is one of 66 resettlement camps where the provision of medical services is challenging due to the limited availability of essential care, the absence of latrines and the lack of clean drinking water, all of which is endangering the well-being of its population.

Who are the TAP Donate Miles Programme partners?

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APAV
The mission of the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV – Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vítima) is to help inform, protect and support victims of crime.
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Estímulo
Estímulo has three distinct lines of action: Training, education and research. It supports local communities through volunteering activities and philanthropic projects.
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Médecins du Monde
Médecins du Monde (MdM) has 439 development and emergency projects in 80 countries. It provides free health care to vulnerable communities.
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Mundo A Sorrir
Mundo A Sorrir promotes health and oral health as a universal right among socially and economically vulnerable populations.
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SIM
The goal of SIM – Solidariedade Internacional a Moçambique (International Solidarity for Mozambique) is to promote philanthropic, educational, cultural, environmental, health and human rights activities.
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WACT
We Are Changing Together is an NGDO operating in Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe. It’s mission is to change the world by empowering people.
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