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HURRICANE SANDY: Disaster Response and Recovery Projects

‘Superstorm’ Hurricane Sandy began its path of devastation the week of October 29, 2012–-and severely affected portions of the Caribbean, then continued on to bring devastation to the Northeastern United States. Impacting 24 states in the Eastern third of the country, President Obama signed the state of emergency declaration in the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, more »


Ibasho “A place where one feels at home.” Operation USA has focused its long-term recovery efforts following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated large portions of Japan on a community project in Ofunato, a coastal city located in Iwate Prefecture. Once a vibrant fishing community, Ofunato was badly impacted by the tsunami. Provisional counts 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: 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 »

HAITI: EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY PROJECT—School Rebuilding Project in Jacmel

The massive earthquake on January 12, 2010 brought unprecedented devastation to the island nation of Haiti. While the world’s attention focused on the extensive damage done in Port-au-Prince, a catastrophe of equal magnitude unfolded on Haiti’s southern coast in the city of Jacmel. As many as 70% of Jacmel’s homes were damaged or destroyed. Operation more »

JAPAN EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI: Immediate Response and Recovery Projects

On March 11, 2011 a 9.0 earthquake struck Japan. The most powerful recorded earthquake in Japan’s history struck 250 miles north-east of Tokyo—and generated a 10-metre-high tsunami that swept away everything in its path, triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami alert and raised fears of a nuclear catastrophe from damaged power plants. The Japanese National Police Agency more »

SRI LANKA: Post-Conflict Projects, 2012

In the aftermath of both the 2004 Tsunami and decades of civil war, Operation USA is addressing the humanitarian crisis that continues in Sri Lanka.


Operation USA is currently partnering with local Haitian NGO L’Athletique d’Haiti to construct a cafeteria to meet the increased demand created by recent disasters.

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: 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 »


East Africa is currently experiencing the worst drought to hit the region in 60 years. The UN has officially declared famine in parts of southern Somalia—regions of Lower Shabelle and southern Bakool. It is predicted that the entire south of Somalia will face famine within the next two months. Operation USA is working to assess 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: 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 »


Summer 2010. Unusually heavy monsoon rains hit Pakistan—and bring the country its worst floods in recorded history. 20 million people were impacted—more than a tenth of the population. Homes, roads, bridges, crops and livestock were washed away. The flood ploughed a swathe of destruction from northern Pakistan to the southern province of Sindh. The floods more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA Mobilizes as Tropical Storm Tomas Approaches Haiti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OPERATION USA MOBLIZES TO SEND EMERGENCY AID AS TROPICAL STORM TOMAS APPROACHES HAITI LOS ANGELES, CA (November 4, 2010)— Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will provide support to partners on the ground in Jacmel and Port-au-Prince to alleviate damage and suffering as needs arise from the more »

NEWS RELEASE: Cholera Outbreak in Haiti–Operation USA Readies Aid

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN HAITI: OPERATION USA READIES AID LOS ANGELES, CA (October 28, 2010)— Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will direct sanitary and disease prevention materials to partners in the City of Jacmel and Port-au-Prince in response to the cholera outbreak that brought over 300 deaths and more »


SITUATION REPORT: PAKISTAN, MONSOON FLOODS September 1, 2010 Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs The Government now reports that over 18 million people have been affected by the floods. The death toll stands at 1,667. Over 1.2 million houses have been damaged or destroyed. Floodwaters are receding in many areas, and more »

NEWS RELEASE: Operation USA Responds To Pakistan Flood Disaster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OPERATION USA RESPONDS TO SOUTH ASIA FLOOD DISASTER LOS ANGELES, CA (August 3, 2010)—Los Angeles-based International relief agency, Operation USA announced that will provide disaster relief assistance in response to unusually heavy monsoonal flooding in a wide region of northwest Pakistan and northeast Afghanistan. Many of the areas which were devastated by more »

NEW ORLEANS: Post-Katrina Mental Health Program for Children

Through the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans, this program provides specialized programs for children and families in the greater New Orleans area, with an emphasis on mental health, child welfare and advocacy.


In the 10 years since Hurricane Mitch devastated the region, Operation USA has made a long-term commitment to the village of Santa Rosa, Nicaragua.

HAITI: EARTHQUAKE RECOVERY PROJECT—St. Damien’s Pediatric Hospital/St. Luke’s Schools

St. Damien is the only free pediatric hospital in Haiti. Run by Father Rick Frechette, an American doctor and community organizer who’d been working in the slums of Port-au-Prince for over two decades, he and his small team have also built an orphanage, medical clinics, alongside St. Luke’s, a network of neighborhood schools. OpUSA has more »