MALI – In the small rice-growing community of Diabaly, now known for its conflict between the Islamist rebels and French and Malian troops, many families are beginning to return to normal life. But for some, life will never be the same. Continue reading Crisis in Mali
LAHORE, Pakistan – In the wake of riots that burned more than 100 homes in the Christian community of Lahore, Operation Blessing teams are working with local partners to distribute blankets, beds and bags of flour to families displaced by the riots. Continue reading Aid for Pakistan
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
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Operation Blessing opened a major distribution center for donated food and relief supplies in Grand Prairie, Texas in June.
This location will serve as our newest staging point for transfers of millions of pounds of donated food and relief aid from the Southeast to the Southwest and will also serve as a regional headquarters for domestic disaster relief efforts. Continue reading New facility in Texas helps fight hunger
HAMPTON, Va. – Tornadoes ripped through the town of Hampton on Friday night, causing an estimated $3.4 million in damage. Operation Blessing, headquartered in nearby Virginia Beach, responded at daylight on Saturday morning to check on the residents of Hampton and offer our help. Continue reading Tornado relief: Aiding our neighbors in need
Lancaster, Texas – This weekend we met an incredible woman named Maria, who had lived in an apartment complex that was severely damaged by last week’s tornado. Her apartment received minimal damage, but some of the buildings had been condemned.
On Thursday, Maria was told that all of her belongings had to be out of the apartment by midnight on Saturday. This left her only two days to find another place to live and storage for her belongings—two days to have everything she owned packed and moved out. Continue reading Race against time
Operation Blessing is calling for volunteers to help Texas tornado victims with cleanup and debris removal. To help, call 757-374-0944. Continue reading Volunteers Needed in Texas
LANCASTER, Texas – Operation Blessing’s U.S. disaster relief team arrived in Texas late Tuesday night—less than 24 hours after tornadoes devastated parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As the sun came up Wednesday morning we drove into the hard-hit city of Lancaster, seeing the damage first-hand and assessing the need. Continue reading On the ground in Texas: “An image that I will forever remember”
JAPAN – Thousands of fishing boats were lost during the tsunami in Japan; now, Operation Blessing is helping fishermen regain their livelihoods by replacing their boats. Continue reading “We will be okay”: Tsunami survivor is back on the water