HONDURAS – With her family too poor to send her to school, 15-year-old Daisy cooks and cleans every day just to earn enough money for bus fare into the city where she can learn a trade – one that will someday help her escape the grip of poverty.
“I’m from a big family, and I know my father does what he can to support us,” Daisy said, “but it is not enough to pay for my courses.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.