As a crew member one travels all over the world and stays at the most luxurious hotels. However, despite this luxury and the great trips, you are often confronted with a lot of misery as well, such as begging, handicapped and neglected children. In some countries all it takes is a look out of your hotel window to see the slums. Moreover, it is most often the children who are the major victims of these degrading and unjust circumstances. Not only do many of these children not go to school, very few of these children are receiving any love or confidence. It can be very frustrating that one cannot do very much about this, due to the lack of means, manpower and time. This feeling of powerlessness made captain Marius den Dulk write an article in a specialist journal in which he called upon colleagues to join forces and take action. Immediately a number of colleagues responded and a mere three months later, on November 6th 1998, the foundation of Wings of Support was a fact.
Today, Wings of Support is manned over 90 unpaid members. Meanwhile, we can count on a monthly contribution from more than 3000 supporters, mainly consisting of our KLM colleagues. Furthermore, Wings of Support is sponsored by a growing number of companies, institutions and private individuals. In the meantime, Wings of Support has already supported over 650 projects since its foundation. This number is rapidly growing as new projects are added on a weekly basis.