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.
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.
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.
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.
LAHORE, Pakistan – Suicide bombers simultaneously attacked those gathering to worship at two Christian churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore yesterday—killing more than 15 people and injuring dozens.