Poverty in underdeveloped countries is on the rise. Poverty is the number reason why families live without the basic necessities of life: food, shelter, medical care and education. Most families earn less than $1 per day and the rise homelessness among children is the greatest contributing factors. Because of the threat of disease and death, it becomes imperative for these families have a place to receive nutritious meals, medical attention, education and a place to live. The only way to break the cycle of poverty is to help provide these basics.
Recovery work continues in South Carolina as high water levels still plague residents and some communities remain cut off. In the midst of the catastrophe, Operation Compassion is on the move delivering critical disaster relief to the hardest hit areas. As of today 16 semi-trailers of critical relief supplies have been delivered to 5 temporary warehouses and a multitude of locations throughout South Carolina. Stories are pouring in from volunteers and partners telling what the response has meant to them through social media:
Many are still missing, several have been reported dead, and millions of people have been affected as rains continue to pound North and South Carolina. “The flooding is unprecedented and historical,” said Dr. Marshall Shepherd, a meteorologist and director of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia, in an email to The Associated Press. The National Weather Service in Charleston calls the event “Catastrophic” and Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina describes the rains as a 1,000 year event. Water mains have broken and boil water advisories have been issued as hundreds of thousands of residents prepare to be 3 or 4 days without potable water. Experts predict that life-threatening impacts would persist into the week. Entire towns are underwater.
As part of a long term strategy to reach out to African nations, Operation Compassion recently sent medical supplies and equipment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central West Africa. With many African countries facing economic difficulties, Operation Compassion has been trying to open doors into the Continent through strategic partnerships.
During a recent five week period, Operation Compassion received 2,800,000 Vitameal meals. Vitameal was originally developed to help stem starvation. It is a unique mixture of all the necessary vitamins and minerals that the human body needs to function properly. Vitameal is designed so that local spices can be added to make it appealing culturally. Meat, chicken, goat, pork, beef or fish can also be added for taste and texture.