Operation USA is an international relief agency that helps communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease and endemic poverty by providing privately-funded relief, reconstruction and development aid.
Working with grass-roots partners on the ground, Operation USA provides material and financial assistance necessary in the face of a disaster, as well as to combat the effects of systemic poverty. Dedicated to rebuilding with commitment and listening to communities’ voices to determine the best way to assist them, Operation USA stays in the field long after many others leave. Long-term projects are supported that promote education and health services, sustainable development, leadership building, income generating activities and advocacy on behalf of vulnerable people worldwide.
Since 1979, the Los Angeles-based Operation USA has worked in 99 countries, delivering over $350 million for relief and development projects.
Operation USA was a co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as part of “The International Campaign to Ban Landmines”.
In 2001, Worth Magazine named Operation USA as one of its “100 Best Charities in America”.
Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, gave Operation USA its highest 4-star rating for six consecutive years beginning in 2003. And in 2008, named OpUSA the “#1 Exclusively Privately Funded Charity”.
A world of difference
Operation USA has scored a number of ‘firsts’ among American NGO’s involved in international relief—being first on the ground during or immediately after disasters and/or conflicts in: