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. Continue reading Healing Waylee
HAITI – After Hurricane Sandy destroyed an estimated 70 percent of the crops in southern Haiti, Operation Blessing teams distributed sapling fruit trees to aid in the long-term restoration of agriculture in the region.
Ensuring the trees reached farmers in the most need, OBI teams designated 150 breadfruit saplings for those who were still unreachable due to severe flooding following Sandy. Continue reading A tree grows in Haiti
Operation Blessing’s Haiti National Director, Eric Lotz, gives a firsthand report on relief efforts for hurricane victims in Haiti.
HAITI – Today saw more rain here in Port-au-Prince. The streets are flooded; at times we were up to our headlights in water. While the rivers have receded some, they are still well beyond their banks and continue to wreak havoc on the houses built there. Continue reading Food, relief for hurricane victims in Haiti
HAITI – In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s torrential rains in Haiti, OBI’s Acting National Director for Haiti, Eric Lotz, reports on the devastation and loss of homes for residents, as a raging river literally crumbles homes and erodes the river bank. Continue reading Houses crumble in Hurricane Sandy’s floodwaters
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti-Our water truck is out making deliveries to camps in Port-au-Prince. I caught up with them at Camp Mega 7 (next to Villa Betame). Camp Mega 7 has 4,000 residents and was in serious need of deliveries. The local municipal water supply isn’t working and even if it was, the water isn’t safe–especially after a storm like Isaac. By distributing treated water and educating communities we hope to prevent more deaths from cholera. Continue reading Water distribution aids Isaac victims in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Operation Blessing teams on the ground witnessed the strength of Isaac’s winds as the storm destroyed the tents that many still call home in Port-au-Prince. See the video they captured before taking cover for the worst of the storm.
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HAITI – Yesterday, Operation Blessing teams on the ground in Haiti visited tent cities to spread the word about the pending storm. More than 400,000 Haitians are still without adequate shelter more than two years after the earthquake, and this storm could easily shred their meager shelters. Continue reading Warning Haitians to prepare for Isaac
HAITI – As Isaac threatens to hit Haiti this Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, Operation Blessing teams are staging preparations in both Haiti and the U.S. to brace for the storm’s impact.
Our greatest concern right now is the storm’s immediate projected path, taking it right across Haiti. If the storm strengthens to a hurricane as forecasted, it could shred the meager shelters of hundreds of thousands of Haitians who are still camped in tent cities, as well as flood the low-lying areas where the tent cities are located. Continue reading Disaster Alert: Preparing for Hurricane Isaac
KENYA – In her village in Kenya, Esther walked 10 hours a day to get water for her family, bearing the heavy weight of the jug with her head and neck.
By carrying water in this fashion, women like Esther often suffer chronic pain and even spinal injury. Continue reading A safer way to carry water
Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Lakay ZB Resto Plus is the latest project at the Operation Blessing-supported Zanmi Beni Children’s Home in Haiti. The name translates to “House of ZB Restaurant and More.”
In conjunction with the aquaculture program on the premises, Lakay ZB Resto Plus sells a healthy meal of freshly grilled fish and vegetables, both lunch and dinner, to the community. Continue reading Grand Opening: Lakay ZB Resto Plus
HAITI – Imagine everything you own is suddenly swept away. If you are a poor, single mother of seven, what will you do to survive?
Having lost everything to the earthquake and now living in a tent city, Vernicia was in desperate need of a job to support her family of seven children. In fact, her situation was so desperate that her little boy was often begging on the streets for food. Continue reading Struggling to survive
MEDAN BELIZE, Haiti – Medan Belize is one of my favorite places in Haiti, yet you’ll never find it in any travel magazine or tourism guide.
As you leave the busy city of Port-au-Prince and start the drive toward Medan Belize, you begin to see fewer cement walls and more green trees. There are even signs of agriculture in the country.
But once you turn off the main road and embark on the rocky path to the village, the scenery changes drastically. Continue reading Where paradise meets poverty