Diego Traverso, director of International Disaster Relief from Operation Blessing Mexico, appeared on Thursday's edition of CBN News' Faith Nation to give an update on the OB teams already in the Bahamas to help with relief efforts.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Operation Blessing, the Virginia Beach-based global humanitarian organization, sent an international disaster relief team to Nassau, Bahamas, on Wednesday to provide emergency aid in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.
The Bahamas were devastated by 185 mph sustained winds for several days straight. Dorian destroyed or severely damaged roughly 13,000 homes and left a still unknown number of people dead.
Led by Diego Traverso, director of International Disaster Relief from Operation Blessing Mexico, the team of first responders flew out of Dallas, Texas, arriving in Nassau. The team includes two water treatment experts and a medical doctor.
— Operation Blessing (@operationbless) September 6, 2019
Upon its arrival, the Operation Blessing team met with local strategic partners (Water Mission, Wave 4 Water, and Third Wave Volunteers) as well as emergency management officials. Once an initial assessment was made, the team began providing basic aid focusing on clean water, medical aid, food, and shelter.
A second Operation Blessing team arrived in the Bahamas on Thursday.
Operation Blessing will initially distribute 500 solar-powered lights to promote safer shelter, 5,000 strips of Aquatabs and 200 Katadyn Gravity Filters to provide clean water. The team will also be carrying an Aquifer 360 solar-powered mobile water treatment system, an easy-to-use, lightweight, and portable device that can purify up to 15 gallons per hour (57 Liters/hour) of purified water from salty, brackish, or freshwater.
Thanks to your ongoing support, Operation Blessing's U.S. Disaster Relief team is moving from #SC to #NC in anticipation of #HurricaneDorian's impact. Meanwhile, another team will soon arrive in the #Bahamas to begin relief work there. Help now at: www. https://t.co/EUME7EQXx7 pic.twitter.com/Y7YjqGsxXT
— Operation Blessing (@operationbless) September 4, 2019
The charity aid organization provides humanitarian services such as strategic disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, clean water, and community development. Founded in 1978, Operation Blessing has touched the lives of millions of people in more than 90 countries and every US state.
CBN's Operation Blessing is preparing to send additional teams to the Bahamas to provide urgently needed supplies, along with medical care, clean water, solar lights, water filtration systems, and food. Plans are also being made to send OB doctors into the Bahamas, but OB needs your help.
To give to Operation Blessings Disaster Relief Fund, click the link above or call 1-800-700-7000.
You can also mail donations to:
Disaster Relief Fund
Virginia Beach, Va. 23463