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Aviation charity nominated for Nobel Peace PrizeAviation charity nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Wings of Hope a St. Louis-based aviation charity that implements poverty reduction strategies to help those in need attain self-sufficiency, has been nominated for a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, the organization announced Feb. 2.

“This is a great honor to all of our volunteers and donors,” said Wings of Hope President Doug Clements. “They are the ones who see the humanity of our fellow men and who seek to extend the hand of human kindness to them.”

According to the website, the organization was founded in 1962 to provide a refurbished aircraft to a nurse in Kenya who used a fabric-covered Piper to reach women and children of nomadic tribes in the desert. Now it operates in 155 countries.

Wings of Hope partners with those it is serving, whether to build a school or clinic, and empowers them to provide guidance and labor for the projects, the website says. The organization provides resources and supervision, and uses general aviation aircraft as a key mode of transportation.

AOPA Pilot featured Wings of Hope in the 1992 article “ Aviation’s Ambassadors,” and the 1998 article “ Wings of Hope.”

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