Operation Compassion Broadens Scope of Tsunami Relief

By , February 1, 2005

Within hours of the news breaking across televisions, Operation Compassion was receiving offers of cash assistance, medicines, food and various other disaster relief products. From the outset, Operation Compassion made a commitment that every dime of financial support received would go directly to in-country tsunami relief.

Operation Compassion’s international partners began coming forward with commitments of shipping and procurement which covered Operation Compassion’s overhead. These commitments solidified our commitment to send all donated monies directly to the in-country relief effort. Through direct financial support, Operation Compassion has fed 4,000 families living in Banda Aceh and refugee camps.

In addition, this financial support has provided the trucks, fuel and workers to transport and deliver food from unaffected areas in Indonesia into the disaster zone as well as provide assistance to medical clinics.
In India, Operation Compassion was able to send enough financial assistance to provide villagers with one hundred cooking pots and food so they can feed their families while living in temporary shelters.
Food for the Poor, one of our international partners, responded with a donation of twenty-one million dollars of medicines plus the cost of air freight to Indonesia. These medicines will be distributed in the Madan area. Food for the Poor has recently donated a second plane of disaster medicines valued at fifteen million dollars. These medicines include cholera, malaria and other disaster specific medicines.

Another international partner, Feed the Children has provided medicines through their network of pharmaceutical partners. These medicines will be sent by containers for use over the next two years on the Island of Sumatra. Operation Compassion has been contacted daily for medicine donations that will be distributed over the next several years.

From the outset of this disaster, Operation Compassion’s international partners have offered tremendous support. For some this represented new commitments in new parts of the world. Food for the Poor has spent the past twenty-two years working the Caribbean basin. Through their partnership with Operation Compassion, Food for the Poor has a new opportunity in Asia.
Food for the Poor has offered Operation Compassion free shipping on five hundred containers. As Operation Compassion started procuring products to fill up these containers, Feed the Children committed enough products to fill all five hundred containers.

A newly formed foundation in Indonesia has partnered with Operation Compassion to provide long term practical relief. The Foundation of Love and Care Indonesia is in the process of completing the legal work for Compassion Village. The concept is to build duplex homes away from the water areas complete with community center, medical clinic and churches. These villages will be located in several areas and is a joint effort between the Church of God, the Foundation and Operation Compassion.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax

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