NEPAL – Devastated families are in desperate need of help in the wake of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Nepal.
Survivors of the deadly quake are taking refuge in tent cities, either homeless or too terrified sleep indoors. But temperatures drop dangerously low at night and basic necessities like clean water and food are scarce.
CHILE – After back-to-back volcanic eruptions in Chile spewed ash and forced the evacuation of families near the base of the Calbuco volcano, Operation Blessing is on the ground, working in the hard-hit town of Ensenada in coordination with a partner organization.
Everything in the region is covered in more than a foot of volcanic ash, including homes, farms, pastures and more. Operation Blessing teams are focusing first on clearing ash from roofs to prevent collapse under the heavy substance. Teams are also bringing in truckloads of clean water to provide fresh drinking water for families who live in the impacted area and feeding meals each day 200 families who have been affected by the eruption.
NEPAL – After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake caused massive damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, Operation Blessing is coordinating emergency relief efforts with our partner on the ground, Nepali Rescue Project, and additional OBI staff are en route to Nepal.
IQUITOS, Peru – Every day Eliana would wake up worried that she wouldn’t have enough food to give her children.
She worked tirelessly, hand-washing laundry and cleaning houses in her small Peruvian village, but her earnings were barely enough to provide for her elderly mother, five children and two young grandchildren at home.
LIBERIA – Garmai Sumo, who currently leads Operation Blessing’s Ebola orphan program in Monrovia, Liberia, is featured in a short documentary that was recently awarded Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival!
ROCHELLE, Ill. – As a massive twister headed straight toward Marvin’s home and farm, his family rushed to take cover in the basement. When the storm cleared, they emerged safe and sound. And, in spite of the damaged roof, their house still stands—not all of his neighbors were so fortunate.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – It was the first Easter after the tragic earthquake in Haiti when a tiny baby arrived at the doors of Zanmi Beni Children’s Home in Port-au-Prince.
An estimated three days old, Mika was tiny, emaciated, vomiting, apparently blind and close to death — curled up in a simple shoe box. The babe had been abandoned at the General Hospital and brought to Zanmi Beni for care.
ROCHELLE, Ill. – An EF4 tornado reaching wind speeds of 200 mph hour left a 50 mile path of destruction, severely damaging homes, downing power lines and devastating communities.
“There are homes without roofs, brick walls collapsed, windows out, trees stripped bare of their bark and their limbs and their branches,” said Jody Gettys, OBI vice president of U.S. disaster relief and programs.
LIBERIA – Body Team 12, a short documentary directed by OBI’s David Darg and featuring Garmai Sumo, a body collector during the height of the Ebola outbreak, has been awarded Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival.