Meet the four women behind WFP’s humanitarian helicopter in Haiti

Operation enables critical humanitarian staff and cargo to reach remote destinations across the country

Antoine Vallas
Nov 27, 2020 · 6 min read
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From left to right — Isabel Ruiz-Zaera (Aviation Chief), Jovanie Laguerre (Aviation Officer), Danourah Bien-Aimé (Flight assistant), Robine Jean-Baptiste (Flight assistant). Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas
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The UNHAS crew loads dozens of boxes of medicines from a WFP truck onto the helicopter in Port-au-Prince, before carrying them to the South. Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas

Isabel Ruiz-Zaera, Aviation Chief

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Isabel leads the UNHAS team in Haiti. Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas

“As a child I used to lie down on our terrace and spend hours counting the planes above my head.”

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Isabel crossed the skies of Cote d’Ivoire, Afghanistan, Italy, Mali, Niger and now Haiti. Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas

Jovanie Laguerre, Aviation Officer

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Jovanie was born in Jeremie, south of Haiti, now a regular destination on the UNHAS flight schedule. Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas

“I didn’t even know WFP had helicopters.”

Robine Jean-Baptiste, flight assistant

“The landscapes made me forget that I was scared.”

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Robine is 25 years old and helps to arrange and monitor flights, as well as guide passengers and cargo onto the aircraft. Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas

Danourah Bien-Aimé, flight assistant

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Left: Danourah steps into the UNHAS helicopter in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Right: Danourah flies over Gonaives, the second largest city of Haiti, in the UNHAS helicopter. Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas
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Danourah in the WFP office in Port au Prince, Haiti. Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas
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From left to right: Isabel (Aviation Chief), Robine (Flight assistant), Jovanie (Aviation Officer), Danourah (Flight assistant). Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas

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