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A new boat for Bella

A boat for Bella

A new boat for Bella

PERU – Bella wanted nothing more than to provide a good life for her three children, with plenty of nutritious food and the opportunity to attend school.

Since she was 14 years old, Bella had run a water taxi service, skillfully navigating the community’s river and waterways to transport people from place to place. She also used her boat to take her little boys and several of her neighbors’ children to the local Operation Blessing-supported preschool, Mi Chocita. But when her brother borrowed the boat, he overloaded it with supplies and the boat broke apart and sank to the bottom of the river.

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Fish farming in Haiti

Casting hope in Haiti

Fish farming in Haiti

HAITI – As the saying goes: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

In many impoverished countries, poor diets and insufficient protein can cause a variety of health and learning problems and is a major factor in perpetuating poverty. Haiti, in particular, is struggling due to lakes that have been depleted by generations of fishermen, so Operation Blessing’s Fish Farm and Hatchery was created to provide a source of nutritious food, educate Haitians about fish farming, generate jobs and develop new industries such as ornamental fish.

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Rebuilding in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

Pagnamitan: A community of hope

The village of Pagnamitan, Philppines, was destroyed during Typhoon Haiyan

PHILIPPINES – As a storm ravaged outside, Waldo’s family huddled in their makeshift shelter, the sheet metal siding clattering in the wind and the dilapidated roof leaking.

The young family had lost their home to Super Typhoon Haiyan just months before. The entire village of Pagnamitan had been left devastated, with more than 80 percent of the homes utterly destroyed.

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An Operation Blessing-sponsored surgery offers a young girl in China a whole new life

A future for Tingting

An Operation Blessing-sponsored surgery offers a young girl in China a whole new life

CHINA – When Tingting was born with a cleft palate, her family hoped they would be able to provide her with the surgery she needed to correct the congenital defect before it was time for her start school.

But they live in a small village, renting just a single room for their home. Tingting has two older siblings, and her family also cares for her elderly grandmother. Her father works hard recycling scrap metal in a nearby city, but simply doesn’t earn enough to pay for corrective surgery.

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With more than 20 confirmed dead and others still missing in the wake of a devastating mudslide in the small town of Oso, Operation Blessing is helping provide critical relief to hurting families.

Aid for Washington mudslide victims

With more than 20 confirmed dead and others still missing in the wake of a devastating mudslide in the small town of Oso, Operation Blessing is helping provide critical relief to hurting families.

OSO, Wash. – With more than 20 confirmed dead and others still missing in the wake of a devastating mudslide in the small town of Oso, Operation Blessing is helping provide critical relief to hurting families.

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Bill visits a community in Honduras where Operation Blessing teams were working to provide water for these villagers by building a large reservoir tank and system to pipe water into every home.

Eliminating the cause of suffering

Bill visits a community in Honduras where Operation Blessing teams were working to provide water for these villagers by building a large reservoir tank and system to pipe water into every home.

Operation Blessing is well known for fiscal efficiency. One of the ways that we get maximum leverage on donor dollars is by working to eliminate the cause of suffering rather than solely dealing with suffering’s effects. I think of suffering as a river and encourage our staff to always look upstream to find the source, or cause, of suffering and deal with it there.

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Meals help prevent at-risk children from being trafficked

Rescued from the grip of trafficking

Children are rescued from the grip of trafficking in Benin, Africa

BENIN – In the small nation of Benin, Africa, families suffering from crushing poverty in rural communities have few options—hunger ravages young children who eat only a bit of bread and weak tea each morning, going to school without lunch and often going without dinner as well.

When these children are offered work in the city—the chance to earn a few dollars to purchase much needed food—many desperate parents agree to send their children far from home.

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Thanks to the water project, Jossmery now has safe access to water.

A blessing for Jossmery

Thanks to the water project, Jossmery now has safe access to water.

HONDURAS – Carefully balancing their large water pitchers, 13-year-old Jossmery and her sister climbed a steep and rocky trail through the mountains that they called home. The daily journey scared Jossmery because she feared someone would surprise her along the way and snatch her from her family.

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The TOMS shoe distribution was part of Operation Blessing’s holistic program for young children in the jungle region of Peru.

Helping change lives with new shoes

OBI's director of operations for Peru, Dr. Sandra Arbaiza, helps Vivian with her new shoes.,

BALSABE, Peru – Three-year-old Vivian always has a bright, warm smile. But lately, that is about the only warm thing she has.

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With the help of a local church, Operation Blessing teams arrived just outside the camp to distribute maize to reach nearly 4,000 refugee families.

Fleeing Sudan: Refugees struggle to survive

With the help of a local church, Operation Blessing teams arrived just outside the camp to distribute maize to reach nearly 4,000 refugee families.

KENYA – For two weeks, Fathia and her three children journeyed on foot through the African desert—desperate to flee war-torn South Sudan and find safety in neighboring Kenya.

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