Operation Blessing International Relief & Development Corp. Overview
All That For Kids: Five days a week, children from kindergarten to eighth grade can attend OBI's All That For Kids learning centers and be mentored in areas such as reading, math, computers, character development, theater/arts, sports, homework assistance and other enrichment activities.
Worldwide Care: Through nutritional feeding programs in Africa, educational assistance and academic scholarships in Thailand, China and India, medical care and anti-parasite treatment in Latin America, and orphan training centers in Ukraine, OBI's Bless-A-Child prgrams are working across the globe to transform the lives of thousands of impoverished children.
Hunger in America: With strategically-placed warehouses in Virginia, Florida and California and a fleet of 18 trucks and 65 trailers, the Hunger Strike Force is OBI's largest domestic program, delivering an average of 2 million pounds of food and relief product each week to a vast network of partnering organizations. On average, the HSF supplements more than 75 million meals each year.
Feeding Programs: Through soup kitchens in Ukraine and Romania, lunch programs for refugee children in Sudan, nutritional feeding for HIV/AIDS-affected families in South Africa and more, OBI is helping impact the lives of thousands who would otherwise go hungry.
Food Security: OBI is providing food security for impoverished communities through the construction of food banks in Niger, garden projects and fish farms in Burkina Faso and Senegal, goat projects in Bulgaria and family farms in South Africa and Latin America.
MICROENTERPRISE: OBI is involved in a variety of micro-enterprise projects helping families living in countries including The Phillippines, Guatemala, South Africa and Senegal become financially self-sufficient.
DISASTER RELIEFA first responder in times of disaster, OBI worked closely with organizations including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) to deliver life-sustaining relief and supplies to victims of disasters.Provides aid to victims of hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, floods, blizzards and man-made disasters -- including food and medical care to Darfur's refugees (2007); emergency relief to those affected by typhoons and floods in the Philippines, Mozambique, Somalia and Indonesia (2006 & 2007)as well as Hurricane Katrina (2005).
WELLS & CISTERNS: Operation Blessing is breaking the cycle of water-borne suffering by digging clean water wells(in countries like India, Romania, Ghana and Nigeria)and helping to provide adequate water supplies by building cisterns(China).
International Medical Missions: From anti-parasite programs in Peru and Guatemala to medical missions in poverty-stricken regions of India, Africa and Indonesia, Operation Blessing offers free medical, dental, optical and surgical services for those who cannot access or afford such health care.
Cleft Lip & Palates: Each year, thousands of children are born with disfiguring cleft lips and palates - a deformity that can creat hearing, speech and dental problems. Working with local hospitals and government agencies in places such as China, Indonesia, the Philippines and parts of Africa, Operation Blessing has been able to sponsor thousands of free surgeries for impoverished children.
U.S. Medical & Dental: Whether by mobile dental van, weekend medical missions or OBI's medical and dental clinics serving Katrina victims in New Orleans, OBI provides thousands of free medical services each year to those who are uninsured or unable to afford health care in America.
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