About Us
 
OAA Vision, Mission and Values
“Give freely and spontaneously. Don’t have
a stingy heart. The way you handle matters
Vision: Be a faith-based organization of excellence responding to
like this triggers GOD, your God’s, blessing
the needs of the most vulnerable people and communities in Latin
in everything you do, all your work and
ventures. There are always going to be
America.
poor and needy people among you. So I
Mission: Effectively mobilize resources and partners for relief, &
command you: Always be generous, open
preparedness, advocacy, and sustainable development.
purse and hands, give to your neighbors in
Values: Compassionate, Christ-centered, solidarity, integrity,
trouble, your poor and hurting neighbors.”
Deuteronomy 15:10-11 MSG.
hope-giving, and kingdom building.
Our History
First disaster
Mobilized 20
Founded as
relief response
EchoCuba by a
(117,000
million pounds of
group of
victims
humanitarian aid
North
Started the
assisted) after
with 36
American
capacity
Hurricanes
international
Christians to
building and
Gustav and
NGOs and the UN
support the
small business
Ike, Cuba’s
in response to
emerging
initiative (200
worst natural
the devastating
independent
faith-based
disaster in
Cuban church.
NGOs trained
recorded
earthquake in
in Cuba).
history.
Haiti.
2015
1994
1999
2004
2007
2008
2010
2011
2017
First large
Implemented
Formed 1,200
Partnered with Feed My
humanitarian
the Americas
small business
Starving Children, Mathew
donation to Cuba
Relief Team
and 80
25 Ministries, and Feeding
(20,000 pounds of
(ART) and the
independent
the Nations to provide over
dry milk packets
Port Resilience
libraries in the
4 million pre-packaged
for 4,000
Program
Caribbean
meals to vulnerable
vulnerable
(PReP)
Basin.
children, pregnant women,
children).
initiatives.
people with disabilities, and
elderly.
OAA Model
Relief
Advocacy
Development
Provide disaster preparedness &
Advocate for human rights through
Empower vulnerable communities
assistance, humanitarian aid &
the promotion of freedom of
through capacity building and
respond to recovery efforts.
religion, expression, and assembly.
civil society strengthening.
Our purpose is to provide aid; alleviate the suffering; improve the dignity and quality of life of individuals,
families, and communities, and ferments positive change toward democracy and freedoms. OAA promotes citizen
participation in developing community programs.
Our key distinctive - Our strength is the trust we have earned over more than 24 years of experience; OAA
has proven methodologies and tools to provide capacity building and assistance to vulnerable people and
communities through faith-based local partners. OAA targeted interventions improve the lives of the poorest
and most disadvantaged people; people who permanently or during crisis do not have the resources to live active
and healthy lives.
OAA Growth and Success Statement
The expansion of the organization relies in its network of partners collaborating to effectively advance and
execute entrepreneurship, organizational skills, education, religious freedoms, and social services programs.
OAA is firmly committed to good stewardship of funds to use gifts wisely and effectively.