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.
Operation Help Now is an incredible organization. The help they provide is direct and meaningful, and the effects of what they do are far- reaching and long- lasting. OHN has several areas it works in. One of the many ways OHN helps is by feeding people and helping them when they are in need of shelter or clothes or shoes- by providing those things, in person. OHN collects donations and OHN volunteers hand them out themselves directly to those in need. This is the most direct organization I've found and I am so inspired by the OHN founders and all the volunteers. This is a great example of just what a GreatNonprofit is.
I started working with Operation Help Now when they were still mostly a student organization at UMass Dartmouth. This group of students had been to Haiti before (several times) and I was helping fund-raise for Hurricane Katrina relief. I met Ibe (who is now Exec. Dir., is one of the founders, and at the time was President of the student club) and learned about his trip to Sierra Leone when he founded the Second Chance of Life Home. He literally solved the manifold problems of child homelessness for a group of children he met living on the street. He did this in the most logical way possible- he rented them an appt., hired a very nice lady to cook and help care for them, and ensured that their caretaker had the resources he needed to take care of the kids when Ibe went back to the states- although he returns (with a big group of OHN volunteers) a few times a year. The Second Chance of Life Home is now completely leased by OHN (before it was a 2 bedroom appt. in the larger building) and filled with 30 happy, curious, healthy children, often more in the rainy season. These children (who were living on the streets struggling to survive) along with 12+ children in Haiti and now 11 in India, are all being taken care of by caring adults, having their physical and spiritual needs met (like food for the belly and for the soul, love and positive role models). This is the tip of the iceberg for this organization, there is so much more they have done before, are doing currently, and plan to do in the future. Get involved, find our more about OHN and how you can get involved to help the communities in which we work and live, and your own community! Try and live by the OHN Motto- Learn the Facts, Speak the Truth, Serve the Fallen. If you learn more about OHN and the problems we are solving you have already gotton involved- a big part of our mission is spreading awareness!
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.
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.
Last summer I had the incredible oppertunity to see the work of operation help now up close. I traveled with them to Sierra leone, west Africa and witnessed the work there involved in. I visited the second chance home for children that they operate and meet the youth whose life's are changing because of this organization. We traveled to different area's of the country distributing clothing and supplies to countless needy children. I personally was blessed to be able to put shoes on children and see the smile on there faces and also there parents faces. Every donation (time, talent, material goods or money) gets directly to the people that need it the most!