An international relief and development agency specializing in medical and disaster relief and long-term recovery. Projects in 82 countries, all of which are privately funded.
Also known as: OpUSA or Operation California, Inc.
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Projects are typically short-term (1-3 weeks), but may range up to several years. Areas deal with medical supplies & equipment, medical training, disaster relief, long-term economic development and micro-enterprise loans, schools, and health facilities.
Experienced health care professionals for volunteer (only) work. Experienced people with office skills for Los Angeles headquarters volunteer work. Experienced warehouse staff for volunteer work in our Port of Los Angeles warehouse.
Projects are done on a volunteer (self-pay) basis with some limited funds available for highly specialized professionals in biomedical engineering, irrigation systems, and warehouse database/inventory systems.
Web Site: www.opusa.org
8320 Melrose Avenue #200
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Registration / Application
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Operation USA web site for details about the organization.
History: Incorporated in 1979. Operation USA began as a disaster relief group airlifting emergency relief supplies to SouthEast Asia and then expanded to global relief efforts.
Current age range of advisors: 22 to 65 years
Current average advisor age: 30 years
Field Projects executed: 31 in 2001.
Advisors sent on field projects: 20 in 2001.
Budget: $7,500,000 (fiscal 2001) - 90% international
Total USAID Funding: $20,000 (1999)
Ocean Freight Reimbursement Worldwide Program: $20,000
Operation USA currently has projects in 41 countries in 9 Regions (Africa: 5, Asia: 10, Central America: 5, Caribbean: 2, Eastern Europe: 5, Middle East: 2, North America: 2, South America: 5, Southeast Asia: 5)
Operation USA assists developing communities here and abroad in addressing problems relating to natural and man-made disasters and chronic poverty through the creation of sustainable health, nutrition and disaster response programs. We provide essential materials, training, advocacy and financial support for such programs.