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A new safe water source brings hope to a young boy and his drought-stricken community in Brazil

Safe water for Adrian

A new safe water source brings hope to a young boy and his drought-stricken community in Brazil

BRAZIL – It is 10:00 in the morning and the heat is unbearable, the sky is completely clear and there has not been a single drop of rain in Adrian’s community in months.

For generations they have only had access to poor quality, salty water, but even so, water is very valuable to the 14-year-old and the rest of the region’s population as they experience one of the most severe droughts they’ve ever had.

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An Operation Blessing-supported food pantry helps a struggling family make ends meet

Hope for hungry families

An Operation Blessing-supported food pantry helps a struggling family make ends meet

PENNSYLVANIA – Dustin works hard to provide for his wife Mariah and 6-month-old son Zachary, putting in long hours to make ends meet.

But even working 10-hour shifts at a local warehouse and trying to cut expenses, Dustin and Mariah still struggled to come up with enough money to pay the bills and make sure baby Zachary had everything he needed.

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Safe drinking water for flood victims in Guatemala

Relief for disaster victims in village of Bongo

Safe drinking water for flood victims in Guatemala

GUATEMALA – Today as we spent the majority of our time in a community called Bongo that normally has a population of around 1,000 but now has a population of 1,600 because of the recent flooding. It is the closest community that wasn’t destroyed by the flood, so many families from the communities that were destroyed farther up the mountains have descended into this community.

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PackH2O water backpacks for flood victims

Water backpacks for flood victims

PackH2O water backpacks for flood victims

GUATEMALA – Today was a really great day where we were able to meet lots of needs, especially by distributing PackH2O water backpacks and chlorine solution that we produced. We had a training session with locals to teach them how to properly measure and dose liquid chlorine to ensure safe water. This came not a moment too soon, as we received a visit from the Ministry of Public Health just as we were finishing the training to test the water being distributed. The Guatemalan Ministry of Health water specialists were impressed with our testing equipment.

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Flood damage in Guatemala

OBI aids flood ravaged communities in Guatemala

Flood damage in Guatemala

OBI's international manager of water programs, John Bottoms, in Guatemala.John Bottoms, OBI’s international manager of water programs, is on the ground in Guatemala where flooding has devastated parts of the country.

GUATEMALA – Today was an eye-opening day for me as it was the first day we were able to get to ground zero of the flooding in Guatemala. I didn’t really understand the gravity of what had happened until I saw it face to face.

A landslide occurred around the top of one of the mountains and blocked of parts of the main river. A few hours later, a terrible downpour of rain took place and the river overflowed and ran down the side of the mountain carrying everything in its path. This happened around 2 a.m. and most people where in bed sleeping when their houses started going down the mountain.

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A water project brings hope to a little girl and her struggling community in Honduras

Safe water for Ariela

A water project brings hope to a little girl and her struggling community in Honduras

HONDURAS – Every day, 8-year-old Ariela goes to school in a makeshift classroom with black plastic tarps for walls. Due to the high temperatures of the region and the poor condition of the school, she and her classmates are often exposed to intense and draining heat, and are at risk of dehydration.

“Classes are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., but the heat is so strong that even I cannot endure it sometimes,” said Ariela’s teacher. “The children ask me for permission to go drink water up to four times a day, and sometimes the smaller ones have to go home early because their bodies cannot stand the heat.”

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OBI brings aid to families devastated by severe flooding in Guatemala

Heartbreak and hope for Rosita

OBI brings aid to families devastated by severe flooding in Guatemala

PUNTA CAIMANES, Guatemala – Rosita held tightly to her 2-year-old granddaughter as the floodwaters from the surging river dragged them downstream in the complete darkness.

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A young woman trafficked into a brothel in India receives help and hope thanks to OBI partners

Rescued from a brothel

A young woman trafficked into a brothel in India receives help and hope thanks to OBI partners

INDIA – When she was a teenager, Roopa* was forced to quit school because her family simply couldn’t afford it. She went to work, but her father forcibly took every rupee she earned.

Eventually, Roopa left her abusive home and was forced onto the streets. When Roopa returned home, her father disowned her.

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Hope for desperate families

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UGANDA – Struggling to survive in Uganda without any income or support, Esther wasn’t able to feed herself or her twin babies—precious little Babirye and Waiswa—and believed that placing her children in an orphanage was the only solution. 

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An Operation Blessing agricultural program in Kenya provides hope for struggling families

Food for Josephine’s family

An Operation Blessing agricultural program in Kenya provides hope for struggling families

KENYA – Trying to feed three teenagers is hard enough, but for Josephine—a single mother in Kenya bound by the chains of poverty—it was almost impossible.

Josephine struggled to provide for her family, but without any livestock or other means of food or steady income, it was difficult to meet her family’s most basic needs and only her youngest was able to attend school because she simply could not afford to send all three.

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