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Fish Farming

A world hungry for food

At a time when fish are in high demand and scarce in local waters, a team of Haitians are learning how to farm tilapia.

HAITI – I love the gospel stories about Jesus feeding the multitudes. When faced with a hunger crisis, Jesus gave thanks, prayed and multiplied a few fish and loaves of bread into enough to feed thousands. Those stories seem so fitting, even today, as we struggle in a world hungry for food and starving for God. Operation Blessing is striving to emulate the teachings of Jesus by utilizing lessons learned from the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

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Aquariums in Haiti’s classrooms are helping teachers instruct students in biology and conservation.

Fishy business

Aquariums in Haiti’s classrooms are helping teachers instruct students in biology and conservation.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Children in Haiti are getting an added measure of beauty and science in their classrooms thanks to Operation Blessing’s Fish Farm and Hatchery in Port-au-Prince.

Hundreds of elementary and high schools are being given aquariums with ornamental tropical fish that brighten up the classroom and help teachers to instruct students in biology, environmental science and conservation.

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The new Chapel Saint Rose of Lima at Zanmi Beni.

How well did you “Zanmi Beni” today?

The new Chapel Saint Rose of Lima at Zanmi Beni.

HAITI – No one really expects a grammar lesson in church. But for those attending the chapel dedication on the grounds of Zanmi Beni Children’s Home in Haiti, it was a lesson worth hearing.

Until recently, Zanmi Beni, which means “Blessed Friend” in Creole, has always been a noun—a place of refuge and healing for orphaned, abandoned and special needs children in Haiti.

The children’s home was founded in 2010 through a partnership between Zanmi Lasante (Partners in Health) and Operation Blessing and has since grown and expanded to include a 30-room dormitory, dining hall and bakery, arts and music center, library, outdoor play area and more.

Now, it has another new addition to celebrate: Chapel Saint Rose of Lima.

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Mirebalais Hospital

Lending a hand in new hospital in Haiti

Mirebalais Hospital

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Operation Blessing is playing a role in the opening of an important new teaching hospital in Haiti that will fill a huge void for Haitians who previously had limited access to quality health care.

The Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM), in Mirebalais, Haiti, created by Partners In Health, hosted a Celebration of Partnership event to recognize the contributions of its partner organizations to the construction of the new hospital. The 205,000-square foot, 300-bed facility will provide primary care services to about 185,000 people in Mirebalais and two nearby communities. But patients from a much wider area—all of central Haiti and areas in and around Port-au-Prince—also will be able to receive secondary and tertiary care.

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Today Waylee is happy, all smiles and full of energy.

Healing Waylee

Two-year-old Waylee had suffered from an umbilical hernia since birth, but thanks to help from Operation Blessing partners, she'll have a healthier future.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – At two years old, most children are sleeping through the night, talking, and playing happily with others. But not little Waylee.

The two-year-old has suffered from an umbilical hernia since birth—a condition that has kept her from sleeping well at night and prevented her from playing actively with her siblings.

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