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Crop failure hits Peru's highlands

Crop failure in the Peruvian highlands

Crop failure hits Peru's highlands

PERU – Eight-year-old Edson and his parents live in a village in Peru’s highest mountains. In Edson’s community, a crop failure can quickly lead to widespread hunger and even famine. When that happens, jobs and other sources of income become difficult or impossible to find. Trade activities shut down. Children become malnourished and are at risk of starving.

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Operation Blessing is aiding efforts to combat Ebola in Liberia

Fighting a deadly virus in Africa

Operation Blessing is aiding efforts to combat Ebola in Liberia

LIBERIA – Vulnerable families in West Africa are facing a deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus–it’s being called the deadliest ever, with more than 1,000 people believed to be infected with the virus in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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Cutting downed trees and removing debris

Deadly tornado strikes the Eastern Shore

Eastern Shore tornado
CHERITON, Va. – After a deadly tornado struck Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Operation Blessing teams began assessing damage and helping storm victims.

The tornado struck a family campground where more than 1,300 people were staying, killing two, and left a trail of damage in the town of Cheriton. With downed trees, damaged roofs, devastated crops and debris scattered throughout the area, local residents received a helping hand as they started the cleanup process.

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Israeli families need supplies for bomb shelters

Rockets exploding

ISRAEL – Ale, a young mom in Israel, heard the alert sirens as she pulled into her driveway.

“I know it’s not a rehearsal,” she said. “I park the car as fast as I can and think which of the two children to pull out first and get into the house.”

She has only a few seconds to get her sons to safety before the incoming rockets arrive.

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These girls in South Sudan are receiving an education and healthy meals

Surviving in South Sudan

Impoverished girls in South Sudan are at risk of being abused and sexually exploited by the time they reach their teenage years

JUBA, South Sudan – Living in extreme poverty in South Sudan’s capital city, girls like five-year-old Heidi are at risk of being abused and sexually exploited by the time they reach their teenage years.

Without access to food, education and proper shelter, these young girls end up on the streets with nowhere else to go, struggling to survive.

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A dentist examines Michael during a mobil clinc visit to his community

Hope for a hurting child

A dentist examines Michael during a mobil clinc visit to his communitySHANTHI NAGAR, India – In his impoverished community in India, Michael’s family works as rag pickers—gathering scraps of materials from the streets to sort and sell to retail scrap traders.

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Honduran children add their handprints to a display.

Hope for Honduran children returning home

Immigrant children returning to Honduras are aided by Operation Blessing teams

HONDURAS – Suffering from extreme poverty, crime and violence in Honduras, parents are risking everything in hopes of a better life for their children.

Thousands have made the long and dangerous journey traveling across mountains, deserts and rivers attempting to reach the United States—only to find themselves on a bus or plane being sent back to their home country.

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Larry, Leigh and their daughter, Emily

Blessing hungry families

Larry, Leigh and their daughter, Emily

GEORGIA – When the downturn in the economy lead to Larry and Leigh both unexpectedly losing their jobs as supervisors at a technology company, they worried how they would make ends meet.

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Children learn about abuse prevention

STOP!

Children learn about abuse prevention

PERU – Fourteen-year-old Liana* (name changed to protect identity) had kept a dark secret for a long time—she had been raped by relatives and neighbors whom her family trusted.

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A new well provides students at a boarding school with clean water and more time for learning

Safe water for school girls in Kenya

A new well provides students at a boarding school with clean water and more time for learning

KENYA – For the students at the Entanda girls’ boarding school in Kenya, asking their teacher if they could get a drink of water was no small request.

The nearest water source was an open stream over a mile away, which students would have to walk to daily — bringing back enough water for all 172 girls.

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