Disaster Response

Under the Disaster Response Program, Operation Blessing has a three-pronged approach:

disaster preparedness and management training

relief goods distribution, and

recovery and rehabilitation.

One example of OB’s rehabilitation project after Typhoon Yolanda is the Community of Hope (COH) – a resettlement project in Tacloban that aims for a sustainable community through provision of housing and livelihood programs.

FROM THE FIELD

Starting over again

“We lost everything we had. I am only able to save my children and some important documents, but all our belongings – clothes, appliances – are now gone,” she recalls. Having little children made their stay in the evacuation site extra difficult. The children are not comfortable staying in the little 2-meter square tent allotted for each family. 

Finding hope after the storm

Nothing beats the impact of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in 2015 for the residents of Concepcion, Iloilo. But the same fear that struck them during the catastrophe is similar to what the survivors felt when Typhoon Agaton hit their town, leaving several homes...

A shepherd’s heart

“Nothing gives me greater joy than to be able to share the love of Jesus Christ to people. And the Gospel is more effectively preached if we have something to give to them to meet their immediate needs, like these relief goods,” said Pastor Dan, who has been one of...

Remaining calm in the storm

The flood last March 9, 2022, was one of the havocs that tested Mario’s faith, a 35-year-old resident of Barangay Ticulab in Maitum, Sarangani Province. On that day, the floodwater reached chest level, threatening their safety. Mario and his wife immediately brought...

Caring begins with a brave initiative

Sometimes, it could be tempting to believe that the world centers around us and our needs. And considering all the perfect goals we need to tick off our bucket list, taking the initiative to volunteer for a worthwhile cause and to give our time, resources, and...

“The joy of the Lord is my strength,” – Mary Jane Espartero, OB partner

The storm that swept away the houses in their community is the same storm that strengthened their faith and advanced their ministry... Meet Mary Jane Espartero, 36, a wife to Pastor Joevin Espartero of Sipalay Bible Baptist Church in Negros Occidental, one of the...

49 people on top of one roof during Typhoon Odette

Imagine having a crowd of 49 people to keep safe inside your house during a storm. Fascinating, right? Now imagine having this many people on the roof of your house while a strong wind is blowing and a muddy flood is rising. This is what happened during Typhoon...

Their house was destroyed by the storm, but their family isn’t

Their house may have been destroyed, but their family remains strong and united, and they will rise again. This is the story of Marites, 49, and her daughter Maricar, 24, residents of Sipalay City who experienced the wrath of Super Typhoon Odette. The power was cut...

Helping Communities Find Clean Water after Typhoon Odette

On December 17, 2021, Typhoon Rai (Odette) made its eighth landfall in Negros Oriental. Reflecting on the far-reaching impacts of the storm, as well as the risk that remote communities face each day, further highlight the critical need for clean water in large supply...

Malnourishment in the time of pandemic and calamities

A study conducted by The World Bank in 2021 shows that 30 percent of Filipino children aged 5 years and below exhibit stunted growth caused by malnutrition. (Source: see below) That is 3 in every 10 children, and most of them live in far flung areas in Visayas and...

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Whether it’s a natural disaster such as a storm, tornado, earthquake, or tsunami, or refugees in the midst of life-threatening conflict needing critical relief, Operation Blessing is helping disaster victims endure and recover by providing critical aid.