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Operation Blessing is providing much-need help for impoverished children and families in Cuba

Off the streets: Aiding children in Cuba

Operation Blessing is providing much-need help for impoverished children and families in Cuba

HAVANA, Cuba – Young Retzel has grown up largely on the streets of Havana, Cuba—without parents to watch over and raise him.

He lives with his aunt in a tiny, one-room apartment in less than ideal conditions—she does what she can to get by, but the struggle to provide for Retzel is a daily concern.

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Marvin and other farmers receive help from Operation Blessing

Twister devastates farm town

Marvin and other farmers receive help from Operation Blessing

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.

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Abandoned in a shoebox as a tiny infant, little Mika’s life is now full of hope as she celebrates her fifth birthday and receives a precious gift

A shoebox of hope

Abandoned in a shoebox as a tiny infant, little Mika’s life is now full of hope as she celebrates her fifth birthday and receives a precious gift

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.

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An EF 4 tornado tore through Rochelle, Illinois

Tornado relief in Rochelle, Ill.

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.

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A young orphan is

Always smiling now

A young orphan is "always smiling" now thanks to Operation Blessing's Ebola orphan program in Liberia that provides food, clothing and scholarships.to children in need.

MONROVIA, Liberia – When Garmai first met Georgina, the 16-year-old was grieving and in shock—sobbing uncontrollably as the Ebola body collection team carried her mother away in a body bag.

The very next day, Georgina’s father died at an Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, leaving Georgina and her younger sister Princess orphaned. An uncle who had contracted and survived Ebola took them in, but because of the stigma surrounding the deadly disease, he could not find work. Orphaned and living in extreme poverty, Georgina had lost all hope for the future.

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With no safe place to turn on her small island home, a young woman fleeing abuse receives the helping hand she needs and now has high hopes for the future.

High hopes

With no safe place to turn on her small island home, a young woman fleeing abuse receives the helping hand she needs and now has high hopes for the future.

PHILIPPINES – By the time Mia* reached high school, she wasn’t sure how she would be able to continue her education.

Mia had been raised by her grandparents on a small farming island in the Philippines. The elderly couple had always done their best, but their income was barely enough to meet their basic needs.

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Families in Ukraine are suffering from the ongoing conflict

Fleeing from conflict in Ukraine

Natasha's family lost two brothers due to the conflict in Ukraine

UKRAINE – Natasha’s brothers heard a woman’s cry for help—inspiring them to leave the safety of their shelter and venture into the open yard.

But at that moment, another bomb fell. Two of the brothers died, a third narrowly escaped with his life.

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An Operation Blessing-supported food pantry helps a struggling young family living week to week put food on the table.

Living life two weeks at a time

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VIRGINIA – When their son Owen was born, Nathan and his wife Kimberly couldn’t have been happier and worked hard to tackle their new responsibilities as parents.

However, the young family was now living paycheck to paycheck, stretching their finances as far as they could and doing their best to cut expenses. But even then, they often found themselves going to bed hungry.

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A living hope this Easter

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – When Betty came to live at Zanmi Beni Children’s Home in Haiti, she was malnourished and weak. She didn’t walk, speak, smile or even cry. Today, her story couldn’t be more different.

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Beauty for ashes

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HUAYCAN, Peru – While Maria and her family were away visiting relatives in another city, she received a phone call that changed their lives forever.

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