Operation Help Now is a nonprofit organization that has immediate and far- reaching impacts on the communities it services. We help homeless children in developing nations directly, by taking them off the streets and out of the cycle of poverty. The Second Chance of Life Orphanage provides homeless children in Freetown, Sierra Leone with a place to live, clothes, food and clean water. Our caretakers are members of the local community who love and nurture these children, and try to lead them down a positive path in life. By providing the next generation with access to education we empower motivated young people to change their lives and help their communities. Our scholarship programs in Sierra Leone and in Haiti provide motivated children with the opportunity to change their lives and ultimately help their communities. We pay for tuition, books, school supplies, uniforms, and transportation to and from school. Operation Help Now has already helped a lot of children, but we need donations to keep going. Since 2007 OHN has been helping people in the US and abroad. Around 90 children in Sierra Leone have been taken off the street and are currently housed in our orphanage. They, as well as children in Haiti, go to school through our scholarship program. When you hear their stories, and how much they want to go to school and make a difference in their communities, you cannot help but get involved. The people I have met through OHN since I joined in 2009 have been some of the most caring, passionate people I've ever met, and they have made a world of difference in these children's lives.
This is an organization that embodies dedication, support, loyalty and what it means to be a "helping hand"! I have been blessed to have had the privilege of working besides Operation Help Now Inc with an ultimate goal to not to just enhance the lives of the children but everyone within reach.
by far one of the best non profit organizations that i ever supported- i know that my support goes right to the needs of these children and the workers that support it. May God bless this ministry.
Operation Help now is an amazing organization that helps less fortunate children. When the executive director of the organization told me about the OHN I was hesitant because I felt it was probably similar to other nonprofit organizations. Upon viewing the videos that featured their target population, it’s apparent that Operation Help Now is unique. It is unique because of the kind of children they help. Bonded by poverty, unique by personal circumstances, operation help now strives to provide each child with shelter and opportunity to attain education to become future leaders of their society. In reading the profiles of the children it really draws the reader in to reach out to the organization because the children of OPH are truly restricted due to insufficient access to scarce resources. It’s definitely a good thing that operation help now exist to bring awareness and support to voiceless children. OHN really embodies social responsibility.
Operation Help Now is a small organization, but it is changing the lives of the children involved, and giving hope and a chance to break out of the cycle of poverty to the communities involved. Rather than taking children out of their communities, the Second Chance of Life Homes are at the heart of the community, and really are its future. The orphans are not the only ones who benefit- the people are the market who sell the food to the cook, the people who will someday sell goods to, or be employed by successful adults who received their education (and guidance, and compassion) through the scholarship program, all benefit financially, and the hope that a generation of educated and compassionate youth instils in a community is a powerful force for positive change. The people in the community who attend the big meals and soccer games organized by OHN members when they visit on biannual (or annual) service trips benefit too. They are given shoes and clothing donated in the US which are shipped over (I have helped with this packing) but not distributed until the service group gets there- this makes sure that everything goes directly to people who need it. OHN also spreads awareness of diseases and healthcare tips to prevent them, info on clean water and nutrition to help parents who want the best for their kids. This is a great way to help people directly. They are extremely transparent about where the money goes (always directly to the people being helped). For example, money send to sponsor a childs welfare is sent by money order to the caretakers in charge of the Home you are sponsoring, and they spend this on food and a stipend for the cook. The lease for the buildings are paid ahead of time, but sponsors are encouraged to contribute. Money sent for the scholarship program goes to the child's tuition and school uniform. OHN leaders are extremely ambitious about continuing to expand, and they encourage donors and volunteers to travel to these communities, participate in the service trips, and get involved as positive role models for these children. I know that by sponsoring the welfare and education of a child I am ensuring that these communities (and the global community) have a brighter future.
Individual OHN members always spread education, learn about problems, and try to find solutions in any community they visit. OHN addresses the problem of child homelessness by setting up and/or funding small, home- style orphanages that provide loving care, guidance, and other basic needs. The scholarship program (which pays tuition, transport, uniforms and school supplies) ensures these kids can thrive and realize their dreams- and talking to these kids you will find many of them want to learn skills and attain knowledge so that they can help other people! We currently have three orphanages in communities that are particularly struggling (and where we have strong connections with the community), where children are in need and we have been able to completely change these children's lives. These children were living on the street and trying to take care of themselves, at risk of or being exploited, working hard for scraps of food and sleeping outside, exposed to mosquitoes and dirty water that could make them sick, and deprived of everything but their drive to survive. OHN gets these children off the street, immediately addressing the problems they face, but also helping the community in the long term by allowing the next generation to thrive and learn the positive values of education and helping others. This organization is making sustainable, long- term change, but also immediately addressing the life- or- death problems that people face. OHN helps the hungry by feeding them, helps the thirsty by giving them water and digging and covering wells (and spreading education about clean water), help the homeless by building homes. None of the volunteers are paid, yet this organization has completely changed the lives of all the children in our programs, and really affected the lives of all people in the communities in which we work. Not only people in developing countries are helped- kids in our local communities in Boston and New Bedford also benefit from OHN programs that provide guidance, promote health, and show by example the power to change and rewarding feelings of volunteerism. OHN volunteers this past summer helped the homeless in a soup kitchen with children from that community (who we connected with through the new summer soccer program). You know that not only are you helping an adult get food and stay healthy, but you are showing a child that they too are making a difference, and it feels good! The kids in our orphanages know this better than anybody- they have great role models and they want to grow up to be like them- kind, compassionate, and confident that they can make a difference. Never before have I met such amazing, charitable people. I have never volunteered for another organization run completely by volunteers and sponsors, and it has made me realize how kind and giving people really can change the world. Like the kids in the organization (although I am an adult), I have been inspired and had my life changed by Operation Help Now.
Operation Help Now is a great organization with Inspiring and motivated members who want to make a very big impact in this world. The vision of this organization is centered on making an impact on a grand scale in many countries across the world. From Boston to New Orleans to Haiti to Sierra Leone, Operation Help Now's helping hands has reached numerous locations in just a few short years. As its influence grows, Operation Help Now we'll seek to give more to those who don't have and provide the means for them to help themselves. The potential is very high with this organization.
I am impressed by your work in Africa, Haiti and now within your own neighborhoods of Boston. Because of your organization, a group of young potentially vulnerable kids within the community are able to re-channel their energy for the better. One day you will be rewarded, be patience and continue to work hard! OHN has my support!!
i have been with this organization since 07. a wonderful organization to volunteer your time. OHN provide that safe haven for abandoned kids around third world countries by providing food, shelter and education in all ramification.i am glad to be a member of this great organization.
After seeing and hearing about Operation Help Now’s work around the globe I have been motivated to show support to this organization which works effortlessly to help feed, clothe, educate and shelter children around the globe. I have I never seen the look of an impoverish country up close but I know that many people around the world are currently living through inhumane situations. Just a meal and a pair of shoes can change a child’s outlook on their future. I would encourage anyone who is interested in helping children in Haiti and Sierra Leone to make a generous donation to Operation Help Now and help spread the message of love. I love this organization they will come to your home and pick up schools supplies, old clothes and can foods to deliver to people in need no donation is ever too little.