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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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Operation Blessing volunteers help tornado victims.

Helping clean up Van, Texas

Operation Blessing volunteers help tornado victims.

VAN, Texas – Kenneth didn’t hear the tornado sirens sounding in Van as the twister struck his community, but he received a warning call from his daughter.

He had only seconds to take shelter before the tornado hit.

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Volunteers aid tornado victims in Texas

Relief for tornado victims in Van, Texas

Volunteers aid tornado victims in Texas

VAN, Texas – Debbie and her husband were home when a powerful tornado struck their neighborhood. The two were watching storm coverage on TV and heard the tornado siren.

Immediately, Debbie knew that they needed to get to the center of their house. “We couldn’t make it to our cellar.” Debbie explained. Instead, she felt sure that they should stay inside the house. “I know it was God telling me where to go to be safe.”

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Relief supplies delivered via helicopter in Nepal.

Helicopter delivers supplies in Himalayas

NEPAL – The Operation Blessing team in Nepal is continuing to push farther into the mountains in an effort to bring desperately-needed aid to remote villages.

“The last 24 hours in ‪Nepal‬ was surreal,” said OBI staff member, Diego Traverso. The team took a helicopter into the Himalayas to reach a village called Laprak, which was 99 percent destroyed during the earthquake. Laprak is in Gorkha which is very near the epicenter of the original quake.

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Second quake hits Nepal

Second quake strikes Nepal

Second quake hits Nepal

NEPAL – Already struggling families were hit with another tragedy as a second earthquake, 7.3-magnitude, struck the wearied nation.

“I was on the third floor…when the quake started,” an OBI staff member said. “I grabbed my camera and started filming while I was running out of the building.”

Operation Blessing staff report that residents fled in terror; many were crying and trying desperately to get in touch with family. The quake caused additional injuries and many buildings damaged in the first quake are now in ruins. “There is no electricity now, all the shops are closed and people are hanging out in the street,” staff said. “They are pretty desperate.”

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Villagers in the remote mountain villages of the mountains.

Reaching hardest hit Sindhupalchowk region

Operation Blessing heads to remote villages in Nepal.

NEPAL – Today was our toughest relief mission yet. It took us almost eight hours to reach a village high in the hardest hit Sindhupalchowk region. We learned of a mountain community in an area that only became accessible when a road was cleared yesterday. So we loaded over six tons of rice and other food supplies in a truck and set out in a convoy, leaving Kathmandu at 5am.

We drove on some frightening roads that had sections taken out in landslides then hastily repaired for access. There were several times when I found myself looking straight down to the valley floor 1,000 feet below as our wheels hugged the edge, too close for comfort.

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Training local teams to produce chlorine to disinfect drinking water.

Chlorine and clean drinking water for Nepal

NEPAL – Yesterday we began distribution of our liquid chlorine in the devastated town of Bhaktapur. Operation Blessing has three workers who access destroyed areas with motor scooters loaded with five gallons of chlorine solution each.

The OBI Safe Water Team will use this motor scooter distribution method extensively over the next few weeks to get this life saving purification solution far and wide. We will also be distributing to church networks to get our chlorine throughout the hardest hit areas in Nepal.

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