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UPDATES: Ecuador Earthquake Recovery

Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images   May 2, 2016 Two weeks after the earthquake, the official death toll has surpassed 660 people, with more than 30,000 injured. According to official reports, damage is estimated at $2-3 billion, with as much as 90% of infrastructure destroyed in some areas. Operation USA continues to collect in-kind materials and relief more »

Nepal Earthquake Recovery: One Year Later

On April 25, 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal. The tremor was the worst to hit the country in 80 years, and it caused massive damage across Nepal–which already faced challenging conditions before the disaster–killing more than 9,000 people and injuring more than 20,000 more. Less than a month later, on Tuesday, May 12th, more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in Ecuador Following Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake

Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that is assessing needs in Ecuador following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. The agency will focus on medical and educational recovery while providing aid to communities most in need in the aftermath of the deadly tremor. The earthquake—the deadliest to hit Ecuador since 1987—struck the country’s more »

A Note on Cuba from President & CEO Richard Walden

On Monday, March 21, President Barack Obama will become the first American President to visit Cuba since 1928, when Calvin Coolidge attended the Pan American Conference in Havana. In 1996, President Clinton signed the Helms-Burton Act, transferring the authority to remove the far-reaching trade embargo to Congress, and thereby limiting a president’s ability to alter more »

UPDATE: Drought and Famine in Ethiopia

Operation USA has a unique history in Ethiopia. During the east African famine of 1984-85 we flew the very first 747 cargo jet ever to land at Addis Ababa’s airport, thereby doubling its capacity to receive emergency aid. Our 120-ton shipment of emergency supplies was matched by a second flight we arranged for USA For more »

BLOG: International Women’s Day 2016 – Breaking Down Barriers in Girls’ Education

March 8th is International Women’s Day–a worldwide celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year, the movement is all about gender parity. In 2015, the World Economic Forum reported a slowed rate of progress, indicating that true gender equality might not be reached until 2133. In light of this disappointing more »

Tropical Cyclone Winston Recovery: How To Help

On Saturday, February 20, Tropical Cyclone Winston—the largest storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere—made landfall in Fiji. The Category 5 storm battered the islands with winds as high as 224 mph, and heavy rains caused severe flooding across the country. Tropical Cyclone Winston, Photo: The Washington Post A reported 8,000 people have been rendered more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA To Aid Recovery Efforts in Fiji Following Tropical Cyclone Winston

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency seeking donations for relief after record-breaking storm Los Angeles, Calif., February 22, 2016– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it is assessing needs and planning recovery efforts after Tropical Cyclone Winston—the strongest tropical storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere—hit Fiji this weekend. The Category 5 more »

Update: Winterization Project in Fyakse, Dhading, Nepal

On Saturday, April 25th, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake–the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in more than 80 years–struck just outside the country’s heavily populated capital, Kathmandu, impacting areas across the country and its neighboring borders with India, China, Bangladesh and Tibet. The disaster triggered deadly avalanches on Mount Everest and in the Langtang Valley, and more »

BLOG: 5 Tips for Giving Back this Holiday Season

Did you know that on average charities receive about 40% of their total yearly donations in the last three months of the year? Some groups report receiving almost 30% of their yearly gifts in December alone, with 10% coming in the last two days of the year. At Operation USA, the trends are no different–we more »

Update: Operation USA Makes Grant to Awesome Girls Program, Louisiana, USA

The Awesome Girls Program in New Orleans has served at-risk girls in the area for nearly 18 years. Girls participating in the program face many challenges, and also encounter many barriers to healthy growth and development such as poor schools, lack of physical safety in neighborhoods and schools, disrupted family dynamics and poverty. Though the more »

3 Ways to Support Operation USA This #GivingTuesday

There’s a day for giving thanks. There’s two days for getting deals. There’s a day for giving back! This year, #GivingTuesday is December 1st. Are you ready? #GivingTuesday (now in its fourth year) is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in more »

Update: Operation USA Makes Grant to Fyakse, Dhading District, Nepal

The remote village of Fyakse, in the Dhading district of Nepal, was hit hard by the two major earthquakes which struck the country in April and May. OpUSA staff visited the village in July of this year, and we have since decided to focus our relief and long-term recovery efforts in the area. As educational more »

BLOG: The Devastating Impact of Man-Made Disasters

When you think about “disaster relief” around the world, what comes to mind? Often, when we think about disaster relief, we think about damage and destruction brought on by natural events such as earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, typhoons and floods. We think about disease epidemics in countries already weakened by broken health care systems, or more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in Mexico Following Hurricane Patricia

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency seeking donations as strongest storm on record makes landfall Los Angeles, Calif., October 23, 2015—Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that is assessing needs in Mexico as Hurricane Patricia causes “catastrophic” damage. The agency is planning to deliver recovery aid to affected communities, and will call on more »

A Letter from President & CEO Richard M. Walden

Dear Friend, The cost of the upcoming 2016 elections will surpass $8 billion at all levels. These funds come from private donors who might otherwise provide necessary funds to strengthen communities here at home and throughout the world. Donors who support political campaigns too often shift funds away from charities during election cycles, significantly impacting more »

Donor Spotlight: Kaiser-Permanente helps Operation USA supply Care Harbor Los Angeles 2015

Operation USA would like to give special thanks to Kaiser-Permanente for their role in helping thousands of people from the greater Los Angeles area receive much-needed health care this week as part of Care Harbor’s annual health clinic. Kaiser-Permanente is Operation USA’s largest equipment and disposable medical supply donor. With a heavy concentration of hospitals more »

Happy Birthday Julie Andrews!

Today we’re wishing a very happy 80th birthday to Julie Andrews, who helped found Operation USA more than 36 years ago. Julie has stayed active and helped us reach 100 countries with emergency disaster relief and long-term recovery projects since 1979. We love you, Julie! To make a donation in honor of Julie’s birthday, click more »

Syria Refugee Crisis: How To Help

While Operation USA primarily responds to natural disasters, we recognize that man-made disasters often cause equally devastating conditions for all those who are impacted. Currently, the world is facing the worst refugee crisis in decades, with an estimated 4.1 million people having fled Syria to neighboring countries, some of whom have been resettled in countries more »

Status Report: Nepal Earthquake Recovery

On Saturday, April 25th, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake–the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in more than 80 years–struck just outside the country’s heavily populated capital, Kathmandu, impacting areas across the country and its neighboring borders with India, China, Bangladesh and Tibet. The disaster triggered deadly avalanches on Mount Everest and in the Langtang Valley, and more »

OpUSA Volunteer Profile: Meet Evelyn

Meet the faces of our organization! Our Staff Profile blog series will introduce you to the people behind Operation USA. This month, get to know our summer intern, Evelyn! NAME: Evelyn HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA WORKING AT OPUSA SINCE: 2015 TITLE: Intern PRIMARY JOB FUNCTIONS: Helping out around the office and finding creative ways to more »

Situation Report: Nepal

UPDATE May 19, 2015 1:00 p.m. PST In-kind materials, generously donated by corporate partners, are currently being prepped at the OpUSA warehouse in Port of LA for shipment to partner organizations in Nepal. Thanks to all those who have donated so far, including: United Airlines, Cascade Designs (Therma-a-Rest, MSR, Platypus, SealLine, and Packtowl), Servicon Systems, more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Ship Relief Supplies to Nepal Following Second Major Earthquake

Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency delivering material aid and cash grants to partner agencies Los Angeles, Calif., May 12, 2015– Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that it will ship three sea containers of material aid supplies to Nepal, and will continue to assess needs in the country and surrounding areas following more »

Nepal Earthquake Recovery: How to Help

The earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015 was the worst to hit Nepal in 80 years. The quake hit Nepal’s heavily populated capital, Kathmandu, and impacted areas of India, Bangladesh, Tibet and China. As of May 8, more than 8,400 deaths have been confirmed, with millions more people injured, displaced and facing more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in Nepal Following Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake

Operation USA to Aid Recovery Efforts in Nepal Following Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake Los Angeles-based non-governmental agency seeking donations to aid recovery amidst destruction Los Angeles, Calif., April 25, 2015 — Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international relief agency, announced today that is assessing needs in Nepal and the surrounding countries following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, more »