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NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Domestic Relief Efforts in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OPERATION USA TO AID HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF EFFORTS IN US LOS ANGELES, CA (October 30, 2012)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it is providing emergency aid where needed across the Eastern Seaboard in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The storm, which has left millions of people without power more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA Readies Aid for Hurricane Sandy Relief in Cuba and Haiti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OPERATION USA TO AID HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF EFFORTS IN CUBA AND HAITI LOS ANGELES, CA (October 27, 2012)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will provide emergency aid to Cuba and Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. While Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas took direct hits from more »

NEWS RELEASE: Honeywell and Operation USA Break Ground on Elder Community Center in Japan

HONEYWELL AND OPERATION USA BREAK GROUND ON ELDER COMMUNITY CENTER IN OFUNATO, JAPAN Honeywell Ibasho House to open next spring to support residents affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami OFUNATO, IWATE, JAPAN – October 24, 2012 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Operation USA announced today that they will begin construction on an more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Earthquake Relief Efforts in Costa Rica

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OPERATION USA TO AID EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS IN COSTA RICA IMPACT ON NICARAGUA AND PANAMA ALSO BEING ASSESSED LOS ANGELES, CA (September 5, 2012)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will provide emergency aid to Costa Rica as necessary following a 7.6 earthquake that struck this morning. The more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA to Aid Hurricane Relief in New Orleans and Gulf Coast

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OPERATION USA TO AID HURRICANE RELIEF IN NEW ORLEANS AREA AND ON THE MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST RELIEF EFFORTS IN HAITI TO CONTINUE LOS ANGELES, CA (August 29, 2012)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will provide emergency aid to the New Orleans area and the Mississippi Gulf Coast more »

NEWS RELEASE: RHYTHM & SOUL FOR RELIEF II – Operation USA’s Annual Benefit Concert Set for September 29 at The Roxy

For Immediate Release: RHYTHM & SOUL FOR RELIEF II Operation USA’s Annual Benefit & Awareness Concert for International Relief Featuring the Legendary Booker T. Jones, Quinto Sol, Fanny Franklin & the Gents, Buyepongo, Penny Reel, BlackLight All-Stars featuring Nikki Grier, Chyno Soul, Jason Joseph Saturday, September 29, 2012 @ The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles, CA more »

NEWS RELEASE: OpUSA Readies Aid for Haiti in Wake of Hurricane Isaac

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OPERATION USA TO AID HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS IN HAITI LOS ANGELES, CA (August 25, 2012)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will send emergency aid to Haiti as necessary as part of relief efforts responding to Hurricane Isaac, which made landfall yesterday and continues to bring torrential rain. more »

FIELD VISIT: Jacmel, Haiti. CNN Visits ‘Ecole Nationale JM Henriquez’ and first annual Soccer Tournament held

Operation USA hosted our first annual soccer tournament at ‘Ecole Nationale JM Henriquez’ — the school we rebuilt in partnership with Honeywell. We were delighted to welcome dignitaries from Honeywell — as well as CNN’s Soledad O’Brien — to the days festivities! view album on Flickr

NEWS ALERT: Huge quakes off Indonesia stir panic. Tsunami watch ultimately lifted. Watching reports from remote areas.

Operation USA is assessing whether emergency international relief assistance is needed in Aceh, Indonesia after a pair of huge earthquakes offshore.   A powerful 8.6 magnitude earthquake and a series of strong aftershocks struck off Indonesia on Wednesday, sending people scurrying from buildings as far away as southern India, but there seemed little risk of more »

IN THE NEWS: Haiti-partner LADH gives deprived children sporting chance

Source: Alertnet // Anastasia Moloney Children receive free schooling and sports coaching at L’Athletique d’Haiti, a sports centre run by Haitian Boby Duval on the outskirts of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince. By Anastasia Moloney PORT-AU-PRINCE (AlertNet) – Former Haitian soccer star Boby Duval has spent most of his life fighting on and off the pitch. In more »

SITUATION REPORT: Southeast Asia Floods

SITUATION REPORT SOUTHEAST ASIA FLOODS October 28, 2011 Since July, multiple tropical storms and heavy monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding across Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, and the Philippines, resulting in approximately 900 deaths, affecting an estimated 9 million others, and inundating thousands of houses and acres of cropland. To date, more »

HAITI NEWS: L’Athletique D’Haiti Girls Team Wins at Homeless World Cup

Operation USA is proud to share this good news from our friends and long-time partner in Port-au-Prince, L’Athletique D’Haiti. From Boby Duval, LADH: “A group of young women organized by L’Athletique D’Haiti beat overwhelming odds to win the Women’s Plate in Paris.  First, the team almost did not make it to the tournament for which more »

ALERT: Ready for Irene — A message from CEO Richard Walden

Like you, Operation USA is closely monitoring reports of Hurricane Irene’s path of destruction as it makes its way north.  65 million people are in its path.   We want you to imagine that you are here with us at Operation USA headquarters in Los Angeles as we watch the storm–and prepare to be useful more »

NEWS RELEASE: Boeing, RwandAir and Operation USA Partner to Deliver Books to Kigali, Rwanda

BOEING DELIVERS RWANDAIR’S FIRST 737 BOEING SKY INTERIOR RwandAir becomes first African carrier to own and operate 737 with Boeing Sky Interior Boeing, RwandAir and Operation USA partner to deliver 1,500 school books SEATTLE, Aug. 25, 2011– Boeing today delivered a Next-Generation 737 with the new Boeing Sky Interior to RwandAir, making it the first more »

NEWS RELEASE: Julie Andrews Appeals For Support For East African Drought & Famine Victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULIE ANDREWS, OPERATION USA FOUNDING BOARD MEMBER APPEALS FOR SUPPORT FOR EAST AFRICAN DROUGHT & FAMINE VICTIMS LOS ANGELES, CA (August 15, 2011)— A message from Julie Andrews, Operation USA Founding Board Member: “Like many of you, I’ve been watching the developing story of yet another famine in East Africa. The images more »

DROUGHT CRISIS IN EAST AFRICA & BEYOND: A message from Richard Walden, President & CEO

Operation USA is focusing on providing safe (e.g., purified) water to refugees from Somalia languishing in the world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, and to internally displaced drought victims in southern Ethiopia. We are working with local partners including Oxfam America and Africa Humanitarian Action, an Ethiopia-based Pan-African NGO. Both are excellent NGOs and more »

NEWS RELEASE: OpUSA Responds to Drought Crisis in East Africa

For Immediate Release OPERATION USA TO AID DROUGHT RELIEF EFFORTS IN EAST AFRICA FAMINE CONDITIONS DECLARED BY UN LOS ANGELES, CA (July 21, 2011)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will send emergency aid to East Africa as part of relief efforts responding to the worst drought to hit the region more »

MATERIAL AID SHIPMENTS: Japan, Cambodia and The Philippines receive vital medical and emergency supplies

MATERIAL AID SHIPMENTS: 2011 From antibiotics to vitamin A, water purifications tablets to surgical packs—Operation USA has been delivering material aid in the form of donated medical supplies and equipment, medicines and vitamins, education and shelter materials to people in need from its earliest days forward. A cornerstone of our work, Operation USA is proud more »

NEWS RELEASE: Rhythm & Soul for Relief–Concert for Japan, Haiti & the World

For Immediate Release RHYTHM & SOUL FOR RELIEF: Concert for Japan, Haiti & the World Featuring Dilated Peoples, Breakestra, Very Be Careful, Boogaloo Assassins & Others The Echoplex on Sunday, May 22, 2011 All Proceeds Donated to Operation USA   Los Angeles, CA (April 8, 2011)—The Echoplex will host the inaugural Rhythm & Soul for Relief: Concert more »

NEWS RELEASE: Snoop Dogg and Neff Headwear Launch Benefit T-shirt for OpUSA’s Japan Relief

For immediate release SNOOP DOGG TEAMS UP WITH NEFF HEADWEAR TO RAISE MONEY FOR OPERATION USA’S RELIEF EFFORTS IN JAPAN WITH “SNOOP DOGG X NEFF JAPAN TEE” LOS ANGELES, CA (March 21, 2011)—Music legend, Snoop Dogg and lifestyle brand, Neff Headwear have teamed up in efforts to raise money for those affected by the recent more »

SITUATION REPORT: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Japan • Earthquake & Tsunami Situation Report 15 March 2011 This report is produced by OCHA. It was issued by the Regional Office in Asia Pacific with input from the UNDAC team in Tokyo. It covers the period from 14-15 March. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES • There has been a third explosion at the Fukushima Nuclear Power more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA and Honeywell Inaugurate School Campus in Jacmel, Haiti

For Immediate Release OPERATION USA AND HONEYWELL INAUGURATE THE LARGEST SCHOOL IN SOUTHEAST REGION OF HAITI Nine-Building, 40,000 sq. ft. Complex, Serving More Than 400 Local Children, Rises Just Seven Months After Groundbreaking Following Devastating January 2010 Earthquake JACMEL, HAITI (March 11, 2011) — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Chairman and CEO Dave Cote and Honeywell Hometown more »

Backpacks for Pakistan. Sequoyah School supports OpUSA’s Flood Relief Projects

Many thanks to the Sequoyah School! In response to the massive flooding that hit much of Pakistan in the summer of 2010, the “Over There” Class (5th and 6th grades) collected school supplies to add to Operation USA’s relief efforts focusing on education. We are always greatly impressed by the enthusiasm and generosity of our more »

NEWS RELEASE: Haiti–One Year Later: OpUSA Continues Commitment to Recovery and Education

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HAITI—ONE YEAR LATER: OPERATION USA CONTINUES COMMITMENT TO RECOVERY AND EDUCATION LOS ANGELES, CA (January 6, 2011)— As the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti approaches, Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA reaffirms its dedication to recovery in Haiti, and specifically the City of Jacmel. Construction continues more »

SITUATION REPORT: Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Haiti • Cholera Situation Report 16 November 2010 Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Situation Overview The Ministry of Public Health (MSPP) reports the latest statistics on the cholera epidemic as 1,034 deaths and 16,799 hospitalised cases according to data collected up to 14 November. To date, cases have been more »