FUNDRAISER: Back to School with Operation USABy Mary Dolan • Aug 16th, 2013
At Operation USA, we believe education is the cornerstone of sustainable development. It has the power to transform lives with a lasting effect beyond nearly any other kind of aid. Unfortunately, around the world, and even here in the United States, many students struggle to gain access to basic educational resources. That’s why this year we’re renewing our commitment to education — and we hope you’ll join us!
Read on to learn more about our programs supporting education around the world, including right here in the US.
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The massive earthquake that struck on January 12, 2010 brought unprecedented devastation to the island nation of Haiti. Immediately following the earthquake, Operation USA sprang to action, aiding relief efforts across the country. Years later Operation USA remains committed to the people of Haiti. Focusing on the city of Jacmel, where in partnership with Honeywell Hometown Solutions we constructed a nine-building school complex, our work in Haiti centers on education and children’s nutrition, which research has directly linked to literacy and capacity for learning.
After Hurricane Mitch struck Nicaragua in 1999, Operation USA focused relief efforts in Santa Rosa, located in the Nueva Segovia province. Over the span of a decade, we built 69 houses, a pre-school, a library and computer center and extensive irrigation systems in the village. We also established a micro-credit “village banking” system, and provided funds to cover the cost of attendance at an area high school for all children. Our efforts in Santa Rosa also have allowed for post high school training, a hook-up to a regional power grid as well as a micro-hydro-power system, methods of alternative crop development and much more. Today, our commitment to the people of Santa Rosa remains strong, concentrating on education, health and agricultural development.
The Awesome Girls Mentoring Program has successfully mentored at risk girls throughout the greater New Orleans area since 1977. Offered year-round, the programming not only appeals to girls’ interests, but also enables staff and volunteers to foster the healthy growth and development of happy, self-sufficient young women. Operation USA has been an enthusiastic supporter of the program since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans in 2005. Under the steady guidance of director James Rogers and his dedicated staff, the girls are given a safe place to learn and grow. Nutritional programs, self esteem and confidence building classes, scholastic tutoring and physical activities are just a few of the many services the program makes available to the girls and their families. Through these valuable programs, the girls are given the tools to cope with the many challenges that life presents and the confidence to overcome them.
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