Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, sent out a team of medical professionals to provide immediate medical assistance to the survivors of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Turkey that left more than 4,000 buildings destroyed and killed 50,000 plus people. They also sent a team of staff and volunteers to help in the disaster response.
As the Turkish communities still experience shock and trauma due to a series of earthquakes, Operation Blessing conducted psychosocial activities for the traumatized children, helping them to process their grief and trauma through holistic mental health program.
Moreover, the team also arrived in Hatay and traveled to the city center where many survivors benefited from its medical services. The survivors in the area were given food boxes, water, and were provided emotional and psychosocial support, especially to those who had already lost their loved ones.
Currently, the Operation Blessing continues its medical assistance and relief efforts as many people remain in evacuation centers and need basic necessities and support to ease their pain and trauma caused by disaster.
Do you want to help Operation Blessing to aid with the people affected by disasters? You may visit www.operationblessing.ph. For inquiries, call 09399215543 or 09189067753.
Marinel Selvano of the Dumagat-Remontados tribe had high hopes for her children. She wanted them to grow up safe, happy, and healthy.
Sadly, all her dreams came crashing down when the pandemic hit the country.
Like most katutubos in General Nakar, Quezon, Marinel makes a living by planting crops of vegetables in her garden. She grows ginger in their backyard to sell.
Marinel lives up on the remote highlands of Sierra Madre and hikes for hours to reach their town proper so she could sell her harvest.
Due to movement restrictions, Marinel could not go to the town and sell their crops. The mother worried about how she could feed her children in the coming days.
“We are stuck in one place and we do not know what’s happening out there aside from what we see on TV and hear on the radio. We are scared and struggling to feed our children,” she shared.
And then came hope!
Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, visited their community in Barangay Lumutan in General Nakar, Quezon bringing with them life-saving food for the people of Marinel’s tribe.
Together with the Philippine Army and DLL-SAGAD Off-Roaders group, Operation Blessing crossed 14 rivers and hiked the steep mountains of Sierra Madre.
But the long and difficult trek was worth it – Marinel’s children and 200 katutubo families will now have food on their table in the coming days!
More than the material relief, the beneficiaries received words of encouragement and prayers from the team, giving them hope and strengthening their hearts.
“We already ran out of rice that’s why I am so happy that we received your food bags. It also warms my heart that there are people like you who would travel far and wide just to reach and help us,” Marinel said.
The pandemic has pushed many families, especially our indigenous kababayans, to the edge of starvation.
Thankfully, your giving can transform communities and serve as their strength during these trying times!
You too can deliver life-saving food to tribal communities and families in need, even from the comforts of your own home, by partnering with Operation Blessing.
Donate online, via GCash (Operation Blessing), or through these bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:
Everyone is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but not all are affected in the same way.
Low-income families and communities in remote areas of our country are especially hit hard by the economic effects of the pandemic. Hunger and starvation are the bigger concerns for them, even more than the coronavirus.
Day by day, food insecurity intensifies. Poor households plunge deeper into poverty. The most vulnerable among us become even more vulnerable and in need of emergency food assistance.
This alarming data has confirmed the magnitude of the hunger emergency gripping our kababayans. And while you are reading this article, the numbers continue to rise.
Do you know that with your help, we can support our most vulnerable kababayans and ease their suffering?
When hunger knocks, we respond with much-needed relief and prayers!
The residents of Santa Maria, Laguna witnessed our response to their great need when CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, visited their community last weekend.
Relief operations could not reach Santa Maria because of the community’s remote location. Residents needed to hike or ride horses for hours to reach the town proper. Children had to cross nine rivers every day just to go to school!
With the help of faithful partners like you and the DLL/SAGAD Off-Roaders group, the Operation Blessing team was able to brave the rough trails and heavy rains to get to Santa Maria!
Hundreds of families received food items, hygiene kits, and cleaning materials. More than the material relief, the residents also had the opportunity to hear the comforting, saving love of Jesus through the team.
“Everyone is struggling each day to survive. That’s why it is a huge blessing for them to receive this kind of help. They are very happy to be one of the beneficiaries of Operation Blessing,” shared Teacher Noel, one of the teachers who helped organize the relief operation.
Your generosity makes it possible for Operation Blessing to reach our most vulnerable kababayans and respond with much-needed relief and prayers. Do you want to bless more families in this time of need?
You may give online, via GCash (Operation Blessing), or through these bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:
Life during the pandemic is not easy, especially when you are forced to leave the job that feeds your whole family.
This is what our Aeta brother Rudy Dela Cruz experienced.
Rudy belongs to a tribal community in Tayabas, Quezon, and found a job as a construction worker in Barangay Putingkahoy, in Rosario, Batangas. Nearing age 60, Rudy still endured the heavy labor, for very little pay.
Life was already hard for their indigent family, but as soon as the pandemic razed the country, the father of four had to stop doing construction work.
“When I stopped doing construction work, what I did was to scythe bamboos. It was the only way I get to feed my four children. Then this pandemic hit us hard and we cannot even buy canned sardines,” Rudy recalled.
Can you imagine what it means to not afford food for your children?
Rudy can. And he realized that life had gotten even harder than before. No matter how many bamboos he scythes in a day, it is never enough to buy food for the whole family.
“We have no choice but to depend on the assistance we can get from the government or other people,” he lamented. He felt hopeless wondering how he can feed his hungry children in the coming days.
Through your help, Rudy’s family, and many other residents of Rosario received much-needed food items. The team also prayed for the beneficiaries and encouraged hope among the families.
Rudy is grateful for the glimpse of hope you shared in the time he needed it most.
“This is a huge blessing to people like us who have no access to food because of the pandemic. Thank you so much for the timely response to our needs,” he said.
Rudy is just one of our many kababayans who live from day to day, hoping for more food tomorrow. Truly, the pandemic has affected our present situation, but we are not giving up on a better future!
With your help, we can save more families from hunger and hopelessness. You can reach out right now by partnering with Operation Blessing!
You can donate any amount through Operation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:
This is how Julie Francisco described the water that they get from a nearby river in their town in Rodriguez, Rizal.
Yet, they would still bathe in it, cook with it, and drink it because they have no choice.
Julie’s family and many other residents of the Sierra Madre do not have access to clean water because they live in a remote area. They have no choice but to drink the unfiltered water directly or boil it for the kids.
The dirty river is their only source of water, but when it became filled with garbage, the residents dug a small well near it – hoping that the water that comes from it would be safer to drink.
However, it did not change anything. No matter how many times they try to purify the yellowish liquid, their efforts seem pointless.
“As a parent, I can bear all these burdens, but I cannot stand seeing my children suffer like that,” Julie said, bursting into tears.
It is no wonder why Julie’s children always get sick. And when she brought her eldest to the hospital due to diarrhea, it was clear that the lack of clean, potable drinking water imposed great danger not just to their family, but to their whole community.
“That time, I could not think straight. I prayed, ‘Lord, please take care of us,’ because I know nothing is impossible with God. He is our only hope,” Julie shared.
Thanks to your faithful partnership with Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, God answered Julie’s prayer.
When a well is drilled, lives change. This saying came to life when Operation Blessing visited their community in Rodriguez before the pandemic and built a well. For the first time, they can enjoy safe drinking water!
During the pandemic, Julie and her neighbors do not have to worry about getting sick because of dirty water. Her children do not get sick anymore.
She overflowed with joy and thanksgiving, believing that God helped them get access to clean water through the generous hearts of Operation Blessing partners.
“You gave us hope! Now, we can fetch water that is safe to use in our household. My children don’t get confined in hospitals due to diarrhea, not anymore,” Julie said.
She continued, “You still reached us even though we live far from you. This well is a huge help. Thank you so much, Operation Blessing!”
Each time you give to Operation Blessing, your giving creates ripples of hope for our underprivileged kakabayans. Each well we build together, lives are saved and changed!
Together, we can do more. Let’s bring clean water and God’s love to more families by partnering with Operation Blessing!
When President Rodrigo Duterte announced another enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and surrounding areas, many people flocked to their local markets to buy food and other essential items for their families.
But to some, panic buying is a privilege they do not have.
Such is the case for Jennily Non and her family who reside in Montalban, Rizal.
To the mother of 7 kids including a triplet, life was already a struggle long before COVID-19 came. Jennily and her husband make a living by scavenging a dumpsite in Montalban. No matter how hard they try to make ends meet, the quarantine forced them to stay at home and endure hunger.
And now that another baby is on the way, they find it even harder to survive each passing day.
“Because of the ECQ, we cannot go outside to work and earn money to feed our children. We did everything, we even borrowed money, but we really do not know where to seek help anymore,” Jennily lamented.
Jennily’s family – and many other kababayans who are among the poorest – plunge deeper into poverty as the pandemic ensues.
They are in addition to what National Economic and Development Authority Acting Secretary Karl Chua noted in an interview with CNN, saying that 3.2 million people in Metro Manila are hungry while 506,000 individuals remain jobless.
It seems like even though they persevere, they are caught between following strict quarantine measures and starving.
“As a mother, it hurts that I cannot provide the needs of my children. There are lots of sleepless nights. Because I work all day, there are lots of times when I would stay up all night to fill my shortcomings as a parent,” Jennily said, as tears streamed down her face.
That’s why it was a huge help when Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, visited their community and brought much-needed relief.
Each family received hygiene kits, clothes, and food items that would last for a week. More than the material relief, the beneficiaries received the message of hope and bayanihan in times of crisis.
“We are very happy and thankful to know that there are people who are willing to help us. It’s a huge relief for us because we do not need to worry where to get food in the coming days,” Jennily said with a huge smile.
While your generosity has reached thousands of families in need, there are still more who are reeling from the pandemic’s overwhelming impact – especially those who are below the poverty line.
You can help us reach more!
Spark hope to our kababayans today by giving online, via GCash (Operation Blessing), or through these bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:
The massive flood brought by the recent typhoons has turned hectares of rice fields into lakes.
Because of this, farmers like Ignacio Victoria cannot help but look over the flooded fields and lament over their huge loss. It is hard for him to absorb that their main source of livelihood is now submerged in floodwaters, and they are not able to salvage any of it.
“I feel sick just by looking at our rice fields. It was our family’s only source of food and income. We tried to recover some sacks of wet grains, but they are rotting already,” Ignacio grieves.
Even before Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses razed our country, the lives of our farmers are already challenging.
And now, like Ignacio, hundreds of farmers are wondering how they would feed their families in the coming days. They are wondering where to find hope and encouragement amid all the storms that struck their lives.
In helplessness, they found relief.
Thanks to your partnershipwith Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines – Ignacio’s family would not have to worry about their meals for a week.
Ignacio and his co-farmers in Lopez, Quezonreceived much-needed food, non-food items, and hygiene kitswhen the Operation Blessing team visited their community.Apart from the relief goods, the beneficiaries were also given the chance to hear the saving love of God and encouraging prayers through our church partners.
Today, Operation Blessing’s disaster response team is in Cagayan to send aid to families who are severely affected by Typhoon Ulysses. If you are looking for ways to lend a helping hand, you are in the right place! Become part of our relief efforts to the Cagayanos by partnering with us!
Hand in hand, we can continue to send relief, hope, and healing to our disaster-stricken kababayans!
Your faithful donation, whether big or small, means a lot in helping them get back on their feet. You may support them by giving throughOperation Blessing’s website, through GCash (Operation Blessing), or through the following bank accounts with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.:
Banco De Oro (BDO)
Peso Account: 003-000-055-279
Dollar Account: 103-000-11-3333
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Union Bank of the Philippines
Peso Account: 00-216-072163-9
Dollar Account: 13-216-000170-0
Swift Code: UBPHPHMM
Peso Account: 270-3-27050273-4
Dollar Account: 270-2-27000282-4
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM
Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Peso Account: 3001-0040-33
For more information on how you can extend help, you may contact 0939–921–5543 or 0918–906–7753. To know more about how Operation Blessing helps our kababayans in need, you may visit Operation Blessing’s Facebook page.
Braving the chilly cold winds, raging floods, and heavy rains brought by Typhoon Ulysses, CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, the Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines team, is now prepositioned in Albay to conduct nonstop relief efforts.
The Operation Blessing’s disaster response team, together with faithful church partners and selfless volunteers, are now on standby – ready to deliver much-needed food and non-food items to more than 500 displaced families in Camalig, Polangui, and Libon.
As soon as the government declared the quarantine, many kababayans rushed to their home provinces to be with their families.
However, such was not the case for AlnajalJalmaani.
Alnajal is one of the trainees of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) who got stranded in a dormitory in Manila because of the Luzon-wide quarantine.
“We were advised to standby. In case the processing of our application resumes, we would be able to report to training by then,” Alnajal shares.
While stuck in their dorm,Alnajal and his co-trainees started feeling restless about their condition. They received no financial help nor support as all their relatives are in Mindanao. They do not know where to seek help for food and some other basic needs. In addition to those burdens, they are really concerned about their families in the province.
“It’s very difficult for all of us, especially to me who doesn’t have a source of income here. I’m also worried about my family in Mindanao.I don’t know who can help me here,” he expressed.
Aside from food insecurity, they are also anxious about their health and safety in case they need to seek food or help outside their dormitory.
That is why it is a huge relief for Aljanal and his co-trainees when the Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB) heard about their condition. Operation Blessing immediately visited their dorm and provided much-needed food packs, hygiene kits, and otheressential commodities to help alleviate their difficult condition.
“Although we will still be stranded here for quite a while, what Operation Blessing has given us is a huge help to us. Everyone in our boarding house was given relief items, and we are very grateful to Operation Blessing for reaching out to us,” Alnajal said, smiling behind his face mask.
They also received prayers and words of encouragement from the Operation Blessing team to help uplift their spirits. They realized that it is God who sees and will provide for their needs, as said in the Bible:
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
More kababayans like him are still stranded and they need your help.
You can be a blessing to them by partnering with Operation Blessing now! Your generous giving will help lessen their plight and will lessen the worries of their families left in their respective provinces.
Reach out by sending in your donationsonline, through Paypal ([email protected]) and GCash (Operation Blessing), or through banks with account name: Operation Blessing Foundation Phils., Inc.
For weeks now, the nation has been obliged to live a lifeof “new normal” amid COVID-19.
Vulnerable families and individuals were greatly affected by thepandemic. Some lost their jobs;others lost their loved ones.
Health workers and other frontliners arerisking their lives with hopes of saving one.
You can help them by supporting CBN Asia’s humanitarian arm, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines (OB), in the fight against COVID-19.
Here are some of the moments captured by the OB Team when they reached out to public and private hospitals and vulnerable communities all around the country:
“We’re very much grateful because we know how critical the situation is, yet you still remembered us here living in the mountains,” said Felix Acayin, while looking into the contents of thefood pack they received from OB. Their family is part of the Dumagats, an indigenous group residing in Rizal, OB is reaching out to through its Bless-A-Child program.
Food packs were also given to the deaf and mute kababayans in Parañaque. Aside from nourishment to the body, they also received prayers and words of encouragement to help uplift their spirits!
Operation Blessing also paid a visit to the Victory Fort Bonifacio in Taguig that serves as a temporary housing facility for frontline healthcare workers who live far from the hospital where they work.
Health workers from St. Luke’s Medical Center in BGC and Rizal Medical Center received preventive care kits which includes soap, face shield, face mask, and alcohol.
Meanwhile, this crisis has also taught the people that service workers are one of the most important workforces. They cannot afford to get sick at a time like this so Operation Blessing handed over preventive care kits to these unsung heroes, to help protect and boost their immune system.
The Armed Forced of the Philippines, guards, and volunteers who were manning the checkpoints also received preventive care kits and oranges from our partner, NICE inContact.
Farmers who find it difficult to take their produce to the market due to the quarantine are also having a hard time feeding their own families.
Because of your continuous support, a group of farmers in Tuy, Batangas received food packs and preventive care kits that they can bring home to their families.
Aside from them, social workers in Valenzuela who are dedicated to assisting families-in-need also received their share of blessing.
They received preventive care kits to ensure their protection so that they can continue to serve those who need their helping hands.
Barangay workers from Zone 75 in Manila were also given preventive care kits. They, too, are frontliners who provide immediate services to the community.
More of our kababayansfrom different sectors need your help, now more than ever. You can reach them out by supporting Operation Blessing’s nonstop relief efforts.
Be part of the fight against COVID-19 by sending your donations through the following: