History Overview


Heart to Heart International is celebrating 25 years of humanitarian service in 130 countries, shipping over $1.7 billion in aid and logging 1.1 million volunteer hours.

In 1992, Heart to Heart International (HHI) began with an airlift to help people in Russia, and at the time it was the largest private humanitarian airlift ever. Donated aid was distributed to 32 area hospitals and 9 orphanages. A gift from the heart of America to the heart of Russia—the Heart to Heart Airlift— became a reality because hundreds of volunteers and caring corporate partners joined together to help people in need.

In 1993, a new partnership is created in collaboration between the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP) and HHI called Physicians With Heart (PWH). PWH conducted 20 airlifts throughout Europe and Vietnam. The partnership has mobilized people and resources to improve health, provide medical education and foster the development of family medicine worldwide.

In 1995, HHI enlists volunteers and sponsors to deliver a message of hope and peace to the Vietnamese people. This project launches our partnership with FedEx, whose MD-11 is the first American plane to land in Hanoi since the end of the Southeast Asian conflict and the project is instrumental in improving relations between the two countries.

In 1996, HHI delivered $12 million in aid to Calcutta, India. This airlift, designed to help Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity, took three years to organize. The assembly of God Mission Hospital, Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission, Cancer Centre and Welfare Home, and four large teaching hospitals in Calcutta, among others, were recipients of medical aid and products.

In 1997, the Goodwill Medical Airlift to the People’s Republic of China landed with 36 tons of medicines and supplies worth $6.2 million in U.S. wholesale value throughout the Sichuan Province in southwest China. Many people in this area subsist on less than $60 (U.S. equivalent) per year and face shortages of food and basic supplies such as medicines. Dr. Gary Morsch said the whole operation was a success because of the coordinated efforts between Heart to Heart International, its donors and the Chinese government.

In 2010, HHI responded to the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Staying beyond the earthquake response, HHI hired, trained and helped create Haitian leadership to make a long-lasting change in Haiti. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti and HHI Haitian trained medical teams responded.

In 2014, HHI responded to the Ebola crisis in Liberia by setting up and running an Ebola Treatment Unit. In addition, HHI trained administrators and teachers in the local school district in safe hygiene practices.

Starting in 2015, HHI has supplied medicines, medical supplies, tents and hygiene kits to Syrian refugees.

Since the beginning, HHI has been a first responder to disasters all over the world. From floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, typhoons and humanitarian crises, HHI has quickly responded with medical teams, medical supplies, equipment and hygiene health products. Learn more about our disaster response.

Heart to Heart International is celebrating 25 years! Below, we have listed our biggest achievements.
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