STA. FE, Leyte-- MORE than a thousand barefoot kids and children in tattered shoes and worn out slippers marched toward the expansive school grounds of the Sta. Fe Central School, the biggest school in this district, last Tuesday morning, they diligently fell in line behind designated scouts who carried their special “numbers.”
Unmindful of the searing pre-noon heat, the students came from the 17 schools of Sta. Fe who were chosen to receive premium slip-ons from Skechers donated through Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines.
It’s Christmas all over again!
It felt like Christmas all over again as PLDT sent 4,000 bags of gifts, called Sack O’ Joy, for distribution to child survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas, through the efforts of Operation Blessing.
The kids patiently waited in line during the gift distribution and they were overjoyed upon opening their gift bags containing a pair of slippers, a coloring book, and a toy.
To carry on with its mission of transforming lives, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, in partnership with the Visayas Chapter of the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology and Western Visayas Medical Center, held a Cataract Surgical Mission on recently in Iloilo.
Anne S. Tiangco, Senior Writer-Editor
OPERATION Blessing Foundation Philippines, the humanitarian arm of CBN Asia, has now served over 116,000 survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in its continued relief and rehabilitation efforts, medical missions, trauma counseling and listening ministry.
Partnering with different local and international organizations, Operation Blessing has successfully reached survivors in the remotest areas severely battered by Yolanda.
Anne S. Tiangco
THEIR branch in Tacloban was completely wiped out by super typhoon Yolanda and their stocks and cash register looted in the aftermath of the world’s strongest typhoon in recent history.
But that did not stop global beauty brand The Body Shop from doing its own share in helping out the survivors of this tragedy.
Anne S. Tiangco, Senior Writer-Editor
WITH its iconic cheerful colors and fun prints, every pair of Havaianas flip-flop is sure to transport a person into a happy state.
So when Tropical Retail Company, Inc.- All Flip-Flops, retailer of the well-loved quality footwear, Havaianas, in the Philippine donated 5,000 flip-flops to Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, Inc. for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda, everybody was naturally ecstatic.
Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, the humanitarian arm of CBN Asia, is successfully changing the sentiments in areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda from one of helplessness and despair to that of hope and a sense of well-being.
In fact, Operation Blessing has already brought back the smiles on the faces of children seriously affected by the trauma brought by the super typhoon through songs, stories and games.
Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines will remain in Pablo-stricken areas to continue rehabilitation efforts for homes and communities severely affected by the deadly storm.
The humanitarian arm of CBN Asia, Inc. is currently putting up toilets and wells in typhoon-battered Davao Oriental. Residents are provided with tools, like chains saws, and construction materials to help rebuild their houses and three schools. Also, medical missions and feeding programs will continue to serve homeless families still staying in evacuation sites.
Charity Producing Chlorine Around The Clock To Help Avert Cholera Outbreak
Port au Prince, Haiti (October 24, 2012) With Tropical Storm Sandy expected to bring flooding rains to Haiti, the American humanitarian organization Operation Blessing International (OBI) has ramped up efforts to avert another cholera outbreak.
Haiti is currently home to the world's largest cholera epidemic, which has claimed over 7,000 lives in 24 months.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (August 30, 2012) Operation Blessing International, one of the largest international humanitarian organizations, has deployed its domestic disaster relief team to the greater New Orleans area following Hurricane Isaac.
Devastation Much Worse Than Expected In Rural Areas-
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (March 27, 2012) - A disaster relief team from the humanitarian organization Operation Blessing International has arrived at the epicenter of last week's 7.4-magnitude earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico and was surprised to find much worse devastation in rural areas than expected.
Scott Hill, director of the charity's OB Mexico office, reports that many of the homes in the countryside are made of adobe and were destroyed by the quake, leaving residents to fend for themselves outside.
Relief Organization Mobilized
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (March 1, 2012) Operation Blessing International (OBI) is dispatching equipment, supplies and personnel to Illinois to provide relief to those impacted by the recent tornadoes.
According to reports, a severe storm system moved across the Midwest and Western/Central plains on Wednesday, February 29, bringing tornado & severe weather damage to several states. Officials have confirmed several fatalities and more than 100 injuries with homes and businesses either damaged or destroyed.
Custom Made Boats, Built by Maine Company, to be Presented on March 10 in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (February 27, 2012) Operation Blessing International (OBI) and multinational software company, SAP, will present 10 new fishing boats to Japanese fishermen whose livelihoods were ruined in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
-- Operation Blessing International Launches Large Scale Aquaculture Program --
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA One of a diminishing number of relief organizations still on the ground in the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, Operation Blessing International (OBI) is assisting earthquake victims by providing an important food source as well as a means for economic self-sufficiency tilapia and tropical fish.
-- Operation Blessing International still present, while many others have left --
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (January 10, 2012) - On Jan. 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter less than 20 miles from Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, killed an estimated 316,000, injured a million, made homeless 1.5 million to 1.8 million, and either collapsed or severely damaged an estimated quarter-million commercial buildings and residences. Some 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater were recorded within 12 days following the initial quake.
-OBI and Longtime Partner, the German Charity Humedica, Team-Up To Provide Relief-
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (October 26, 2010) -- Operation Blessing International (OBI) and its longtime disaster relief partner, the German charity Humedica, are in Turkey to provide relief for victims of a 7.2.magnitude earthquake that hit the eastern part of the nation last Sunday (Oct. 23).
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Sept. 1, 2011) - Japanese fishermen whose way-of-life was severely impacted following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, are getting help from the American humanitarian organization, Operation Blessing International (OBI), who will deliver 40 fishing boats to local fishermen in Hikado Fishing Harbor (Kessenuma, Japan) who have been out of work since the disaster.
The boat delivery is the first of what could be a donation of hundreds of boats by OBI in the coming weeks to several months.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (JULY 21, 2011) - The international humanitarian organization Operation Blessing International (OBI) will deliver critical relief supplies to the new country of South Sudan starting next week. Bill Horan, president of the charity, made the announcement today.
Posted: July 6, 2011 By: Holly Drake
NEW DELHI, India – It wasn’t the first time Hlawin had known fear in her life.
The young mother had once fled Burma seeking safety from the Burmese army that threatened harm against her community because they were of an ethnic minority.
But this was a different kind of fear—this time she feared for the wellbeing of her child. One-year-old Nehemiah was sick.
COTABATO, Philippines – Four weeks of torrential rains have left the province of Cotabato struggling to survive.
The swollen Rio Grande de Mindanao has overflowed its banks, flooding the once fertile rice fields and forcing families to flee the rising waters and abandon their homes for safer shelter.
“Reports say it will be flooded for more than three months,” said Dr. Kim Pascual, OB Philippines country director. “Luzon and Manila were also affected by another typhoon last weekend, but nothing compares to the suffering in Cotabato.”