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Operation Blessing helps flood victims in San Marcos Texas

Operation Blessing volunteers aid flood victims

Don's house flooded in Texas

SAN MARCOS, Texas – In the aftermath of recent flooding in Texas, Rose and Don, an elderly couple, were trying to remove damaged furniture and drywall from their house with the help of a single friend. But the house needed a significant amount of work and progress was slow. They had seen volunteer groups offering services, but so far, none had arrived to help.

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Operation Blessing gives a little girl with clubfeet a brighter future

A gift for Jennipher

Operation Blessing gives  a little girl with clubfeet a brighter future

TANZANIA – Born with two clubfeet, little Jennipher needed special orthopedic treatment if she was ever going to walk properly.

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Flood waters begin to recede in San Marcos, Texas.

Help for flood victims in Texas

SAN MARCOS, Texas – Although her family didn’t initially take the threats seriously, when Rhonda heard police outside her home instructing citizens to evacuate the neighborhood, she urged her children to get dressed and ready quickly. Within minutes, water began to pour into Rhonda’s home with such ferocity that it tore the tiles off of the floor.

“Within minutes, everything was destroyed,” Rhonda said. “It was a sight I don’t ever want to see again.”

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From sold to survivor

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THAILAND – Sokha’s* family was struggling to make ends meet in Thailand, so at just 13 she had to leave school. While both of her parents were away at work, Sokha was befriended by a young man she thought she could trust.

But one day her so-called friend would lure her into a strange location where he would imprison her and sell her to multiple men each night.

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Food and water for Nepal earthquake victims

Food, water for quake victims in Nepal

Kitchens and water for Nepal earthquake victims

NEPAL – Operation Blessing is helping makeshift camps of families displaced by the devastating earthquakes with clean water and kitchens. “It’s hard to tell how many people [are in these camps],” said OBI’s Scott Hill, “because more and more are arriving all the time.” When asked how long it took them to get to Kathmandu, some have said they walked for three to four days.

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A special program in Honduras is giving impoverished women hope for a better future

Daisy’s dream

A special program in Honduras is giving impoverished women hope for a better future

HONDURAS – With her family too poor to send her to school, 15-year-old Daisy cooks and cleans every day just to earn enough money for bus fare into the city where she can learn a trade – one that will someday help her escape the grip of poverty.

“I’m from a big family, and I know my father does what he can to support us,” Daisy said, “but it is not enough to pay for my courses.”

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A nutrition program in the community of Amayo is battling extreme poverty and hunger

Hope for hungry children

A nutrition program in the community of Amayo is battling extreme poverty and hunger

EL SALVADOR – For more than two years, Operation Blessing has partnered with a local church in the community of Amayo to bring nutritious meals to children, ages 2 to 12 who are struggling with hunger.

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Operation Blessing and Bon Secours join forces for annual community garden clean-up

Community garden fights hunger

Operation Blessing and Bon Secours join forces for annual community garden clean-up

NORFOLK, Virginia – For the past six years, Operation Blessing and Bon Secours have teamed up to bring the East Ocean View Community Garden in Norfolk, Virginia, to life every year—a rewarding project that provides residents of the surrounding low-income neighborhood with all the tools and training they need to cultivate nutritious food for their families.

The garden, which is cared for by the residents of East Ocean View, is a unique and fun resource for families to use and enjoy—it even has a special “Pizza Garden” just for kids that features all the veggies and herbs they need to make a pizza.

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Operation Blessing is bringing hope to Haitian villages experiencing severe drought with truckloads of safe water and other supplies.

Dying of thirst: Haiti drought threatens children

Operation Blessing is bringing hope to Haitian villages experiencing severe drought with truckloads of safe water.

HAITI – It’s rare that a child actually dies of thirst, but in remote high altitude regions in Haiti right now a severe water shortage has caused at least five deaths and the situation is only getting more desperate.

Roughly 5,000 feet above sea level, the region hasn’t seen a substantial rain since January. The closest available water source is more than 30 miles down the mountain—an impossible distance for those on foot.

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Amanda and Sarah's mom works at a grocery store surround by food, but at home the cupboards were empty and there wasn't enough food to go around.

Enough to go around

Amanda and Sarah's mom works at a grocery store surround by food, but at home the cupboards were empty and there wasn't enough food to go around.

VIRGINIA – When it was time to eat, 6-year-old Amanda noticed that her mom and dad often skipped meals because there simply wasn’t enough to go around.

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