Help from above

The Helimission Foundation is a non-profit organization.
It has been using helicopters to help people in need in remote and inaccessible areas since 1971.

How we help:
By transporting patients and medical personnel
By supporting local organizations
In disaster operations
and lots more...

The foundation is funded by voluntary donations.
This is only possible due to the help of many faithful supporters!

We work with international and national relief organizations such as the International Red Cross (ICRC), the UN refugee Agency (UNHCR),  Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Humedica, the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit, OXFAM, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), CARE, Tear Fund, Save the Children, Feed the Hungry, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), etc. 


Helimission’s aim and purpose is to provide social, medical and spiritual aid to people in remote and inaccessible areas. Helimission is non-denominational and helps those in need regardless of their religious affiliation.

We currently operate three helicopter bases with a total of 6 helicopters: two bases in Indonesia, on the islands of Papua and Sulawesi, and one in Madagascar.


From our bases, we support local organizations in the bush by flying provisions for them. In addition, we transport building material, medicine and medical equipment to supply and maintain bush hospitals.

Furthermore, we fly medical personnel into remote areas to provide treatment and preventive care to the local inhabitants. Many of our flights are to rescue emergency patients and accident victims.



Helimission is supported by voluntary donations. In order to help the poorest, those who use the helicopters usually only pay for the cost of the fuel.
Flights in disaster relief operations and for medical emergencies are generally undertaken free of charge.

The real costs for the flights are borne by the Helimission foundation thanks to our many faithful supporters.



When Teeth Ache ...

A while ago, I flew a team to visit two villages in Madagascar for three days. After a 45-minute flight, we reached Ampatakana in the rain forest. Most of the rice supply for the whole island is grown in this area.   Setra, who is a dentist, treated lots of people with dental problems. He […]

Mortal Danger in Ethiopia – Dying of Thirst (2/5)

“Treasures From The Pioneer Era” – Continuation from the book by Ernie Tanner: “Where Angels Fear To Fly” We were stranded at an abandoned airfield and had run out of fuel. We had no choice but to set out on foot to get help. A dirt track led to the edge of the plateau. We […]

Helimission’s Golden Jubilee 

On August 20, we celebrated over 50 years of success with the whole “Helimission family” together with many of our friends and supporters in the Bernese Oberland. In Appenzellerland, the anniversary celebration took place on September 24.

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