A diversion into Myanmar.

16 May

Operation Blessing International ( OBI ) a Charity Navigatorfour star charity out of Virginia – one of the few agencies with access at this time is currently leading relief efforts on the ground in both Myanmar’s cyclone hit region. ( as well as the earthquake regions in China )

In Myanmar, OBI is partially funding a medical clinic and distributing tons
of rice and charcoal in both Yangon and in the Irrawaddy Delta region. The
charity is also about to launch a program that will restore clean drinking
water to tens of thousands of people each day.

OBI has been operating in China since 1999, with a Beijing Representative
Office formally registered with government authorities for humanitarian
work. It is one of only a few international aid groups licensed to operate
in China. Their team in hard hit Chengdu has begun relief efforts, including
setting up a medical clinic staffed by doctors. Earlier this year OBI
responded to the snow disaster in the Hunan Province of China, providing
operations in Chenzhou, a city of four million that went without electricity
and water for twelve days following a series of major snowstorms.

Operation Blessing International (OBI) is one of the largest charities in
America, providing strategic disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief,
clean water and community development in 22 countries around the world on a
daily basis. In 2007, OBI responded to a record 20 disasters in 14
countries. In recent years, OBI has also made headlines as a first responder
to four major U.S. hurricanes; the tsunami disaster in Indonesia, Sri Lanka,
India and Thailand; and they were on the ground staging supplies along the
Gulf Coast days before Katrina. In New Orleans, OBI has provided nearly $60
million in cash grants, relief supplies, and over 265,000 hours of volunteer
service. Most recently, OBI mobilized teams and funded major relief and
recovery efforts in the Hunan Province of China, Rift Valley in Kenya,
Bangladesh, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, the Darfur region of Sudan, Pakistan,
Somalia, India, Indonesia, Mozambique and the Philippines.

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