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An Operation Blessing-supported garden program is teaching women how to grow nutritious food and providing hope for struggling families.

Learning to grow

An Operation Blessing-supported garden program is teaching women how to grow nutritious food and providing hope for struggling families.
RWANDA – At only 17 pounds, little Imanirakoze was only half the weight of a healthy child his age—despite how hard his mother Venantie worked to provide enough food for him and his siblings.

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A teenage girl brings hope to children in her Internally Displaced Persons camp in Northern Iraq with the help of Operation Blessing.

Displaced children desperate for hope in Iraq

A teenage girl brings hope to children in her Internally Displaced Persons camp in Northern Iraq with the help of Operation Blessing.
IRAQ – Torn from everything they have ever known, children living in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Northern Iraq are scared and confused—unsure of what the future holds as ISIS continues to terrorize the region.

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Operation Blessing producing chlorine in Liberia

Fighting Ebola: Chlorine the greatest need

OBI's Ebola Prevention Team learns to manufacture chlorine

LIBERIA – David Darg, OBI’s vice president of international operations, was recently in Ebola-plagued Liberia delivering crates of medicine and supplies requested by the Lutheran Church, which operates two hospitals there. The hospitals, open since the 1920s, have already lost many patients, as well as four nurses and five ministers.

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Suffering from a severe cleft lip and palate, Little Estrella receives the gift of an Operation Blessing-sponsored surgery that changes her life

A gift for Estrella

a_gift_for_estrellaCOPAN, Honduras – Born with a cleft lip and palate—a condition often accompanied by societal shame—little Estrella was abandoned by her parents before her second birthday.

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Harvesting beans and other drought-resistant crops brings life to the village of Kimana as a result of an Operation Blessing farming initiative in the community

Harvesting Hope

Harvesting beans and other drought-resistant crops brings life to the village of Kimana as a result of an Operation Blessing farming initiative in the community

KIMANA, Kenya – One impoverished community in Africa is overcoming extreme poverty thanks to 48 women, hard work and beans.

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A family facing hunger receives help in their time of need from a local food distribution center supported by Operation Blessing

On the other side of hunger

A family facing hunger receives help in their time of need from a local food distribution center supported by Operation Blessing
GEORGIA – A faithful volunteer at a local food distribution center, Sheila never dreamed her family would one day be on the receiving end of the help she so often provided to others.

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Operation Blessing brings aid to orphans threatened by Ebola, providing much-needed food supplies and chlorine for hand-washing and disinfecting surfaces at an orphanage in Liberia

Protecting Liberia’s orphans from Ebola

Operation Blessing brings aid to orphans threatened by Ebola, providing much-needed food supplies and chlorine for hand-washing and disinfecting surfaces at an orphanage in Liberia
LIBERIA – Children in Liberia orphaned by conflict, poverty and disease, or abandoned by those too impoverished to care for them, are now at risk of a killer disease—Ebola.

A compassionate woman affectionately known as “Mother Edith” offers many of these children a loving home, food and an education at Hope in Christ Orphanage. But supplies are running low and the risk of contracting Ebola remains high if they venture far past the orphanage gates.

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Fifteen-year-old Ernest was orphaned by Ebola

Orphaned by Ebola

Fifteen-year-old Ernest was orphaned by Ebola

LIBERIA – Six days ago, Ernest lost his father to the deadly Ebola virus ravaging Liberia. The next day, his mother died too.

The fifteen-year-old and his sister are now orphans, quarantined with their grandparents and cousins in their home. To keep other villagers safe, they won’t be allowed to cross their property line for 21 days. Meanwhile, they are running low on supplies and remain fearful for their own lives.

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Operation Blessing is sending supplies to aid Liberia's fight against the deadly Ebola virus

Stopping Ebola in West Africa

Operation Blessing is sending supplies to aid Liberia's fight against the deadly Ebola virus

LIBERIA – The image below is a photo of a banner hanging from a fence on a busy street in Monrovia, the capital of Ebola-ravaged Liberia. With utmost respect and compassion for the people of Liberia, I submit this photo as an example of the struggle for public health awareness and the monumental challenge of stopping Ebola before it spreads further.

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Children receive disaster relief after an earthquake in Peru

Tremor in Peru

Operation Blessing responds to earthquake in Peru

MISCA, Peru – Operation Blessing teams are on the ground in the village of Misca, Peru, after a 5.1-magnitude earthquake crumbled houses and left families without access to basic necessities.

“We have nothing,” said one earthquake victim. “We have been left with absolutely nothing.”

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