Delivering Hope Since 1994

Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 by the Donaldson family. Their inspiration for starting the organization can be traced back to the many people who helped their family after their father, Harold, was killed by a drunk driver in 1969. Today, more than 70 million people have been served throughout the world by Convoy of Hope. We are proud that we work through churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits to provide help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

As a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically based in Springfield, Missouri — the crossroads of America — our goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

We do this by:

ENGAGING

Each year — in dozens of communities throughout the nation — guests of honor receive free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job-placement assistance and much more at our signature events.

CARING

We partner, resource and empower rural churches through training, mentoring and coaching so they can enhance their presence in their communities. The strategy works best when church leaders partner with community leaders and stakeholders.

NOURISHING

More than 145,000 children in 11 nations are being fed nutritious meals by us. The food opens doors for education, clean water, a sense of hope and much more. Currently, we are feeding children in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.

GROWING

Impoverished farmers and families are equipped with the skills, tools and seeds to produce life-sustaining crops through the agricultural work we conduct throughout the world. Each year, tens of thousands of meals are harvested for our children’s feeding work and income is generated for farmers.

RESPONDING

Consistently among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. We are highly regarded for our scalable distribution model, Disaster Response teams, six international warehouses and Mobile Command Center.

PARTNERING

We empower like-minded organizations, who are doing good work among the poor and suffering in their communities. This is accomplished by providing such friends with food, water, supplies and much more.

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A card from a child in the Philippines. A card from a child in the Philippines.

Kids say it best — Letters from the field

Every once in awhile we get cards from children here in the U.S. and around the world. Hearing from children is one of our favorite things, so we wanted to share some of them with you. Enjoy!

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“I think you put people’s needs before yours, you put rainbows in peoples lifes!! — McKenzie, student at Springfield, Mo., Public Schools.

Do you need a rainbow in your life? McKenzie says that’s what we do and sure, we’ll take that.

 

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This one showcases the beauty that is the Philippines. And inside the card? Even more beautiful. Mahalica, who attends Divisoria Elementary School in the Philippines where we feed 200 kids every school day wrote, “Thanks for the feeding you are giving us. May you never get tired of helping us.”

 

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You’re welcome Flordeliza! We love you and we love the Philippines!

 

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This cover of this card says it all …well almost all. Check out the inside:

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“To the sponsors of Convoy of Hope, thank you for giving me foods in our feeding. My weight improved. Thank you very much. God Bless you. — Janella Faye, Divisoria Elementary School, the Philippines.

 

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Relief to the hurting.

 

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Feeling the love from the Philippines and here in the U.S.

 

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Kids are amazing.

 

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“Dear Convoy of Hope, Thank you very much for feeding me. You and your group have a gold heart.”  — Joshua, Divisoria Elementary School, the Philippines.

Thanks to Joshua for the card and the awesome message. You have a gold heart too!

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The Haitian people are the prefect example of perseverance with joy. The Haitian people are the prefect example of perseverance with joy.

The Haiti Earthquake – Our Journey with the Haitian People

Today, as the world marks the 5th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 that killed hundreds of thousands and caused mass devastation, we take note of the incredible journey we’ve taken with the Haitian people.

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On that fateful day in 2010, Kevin Rose, senior director for international programs, was on a trip to Haiti that started like any other. Convoy of Hope had already begun a feeding program in the country where we were feeding around 25,000 children; Rose was in Haiti to monitor the program.

“Our feeding program was in its infancy, but of course the events of January 12th changed that,” says Rose, recalling the day of the earthquake.

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In fact, the events of that day not only changed the lives of the Haitian people, it also shaped the trajectory of Convoy of Hope. Immediately after the strong tremors shook the island nation, Rose and a few others were in the streets assessing the insurmountable damage and beginning what would become one of the biggest disaster response efforts in Convoy of Hope’s history.

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Because of our strong alliances with partners and organizations, we were one of the first humanitarian aid groups to distribute food to earthquake survivors. Within weeks, we were able to distribute millions of meals and install water purification units in some of the hardest hit areas of Port-au-Prince.

We’ve been on the ground and have continued work in Haiti ever since. Through our budding Children’s Feeding Initiative in Haiti, we’re now feeding more than 62,000 children every school day. That’s more than 37,000 more than we were feeding before the earthquake!

We’ve also piloted an Agricultural Initiative in Haiti, where we are teaching farmers the skills they need to produce crops that yield significant returns. The farmers are now able to feed their families and provide food to our Children’s Feeding Initiative.

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The good news doesn’t stop there. Along with our generous partner, Mission of Hope Haiti, we’ve built a new 30,000 square-foot warehouse just outside Port-au-Prince. The new facility helps us work more efficiently in preparation for natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.

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“To be a part of the transformation and healing of the Haitian people has truly been a humbling experience for us as an organization,” says Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder. “Thanks to the many individuals and partners who have supported our efforts over the last five years, we’ve saved lives and brought hope to tens of thousands of hurting people.”

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Convoy of Hope marks milestone of bringing smiles to 70 million people around the world. Convoy of Hope marks milestone of bringing smiles to 70 million people around the world.

MILESTONE: 70 million people served!

Great news! Convoy of Hope has now helped more than 70 million people throughout the world.

While we’ve passed that milestone, we haven’t forgotten what matters most — changing lives one smile at a time. Over the last 20 years, we’ve brought hope to families in despair, helped people pick up the pieces of their lives after a disaster and put healthy meals in front of children on a daily basis. It all leads back to that one smile on someone’s face that makes all the difference in the world. Thank you for being a part of our efforts and here’s to bringing hope to the next 70 million!

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Kristen Rogers sorts through books she gathered up to give to children at the Community Outreach. Kristen Rogers sorts through books she gathered up to give to children at the Community Outreach.

Sharing Hope through Literacy

Within the first few minutes of meeting 9-year-old, Kristen Rodgers, it’s clear she is wise beyond her years. She stands in a tent on a rainy day at one of our community events in Kansas City, Mo., passing out free books to children.

Kristen first came up with the idea when she volunteered at the event the year before. “I realized there were no books,” she says. And she is right. At an average community event, guests of honor can receive a multitude of goods and services which may include:  free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job placement assistance and a kids carnival.

After the event in 2013, Kristen decided to take action. She started a book drive to collect books that could be given out at the event this year. Kristen worked with family members, friends, her school and other organizations in her community to raise more than 2,000 books to pass out at the community outreach.

Kristen saw the effect of her project immediately. One child was overheard telling her, “Thank you. I was getting really tired of re-reading the same book.”

We complimented Kristen on being so young and taking the initiative to help others. When asked what she would tell those who don’t think they can make a difference because they are just kids, she says, “It’s not impossible — you just have to try.”

 

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