Delivering Hope Since 1994

Our Beginnings

Our Beginnings

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.

Our Mission

Our Mission

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response.

How We Do It

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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Cyclone Pam Response
Response Update | An up-to-the-minute update on our response effort.

Cyclone Pam ResponseMore teams and 80,000 pounds of emergency food, water and supplies directed to Vanuatu

March 26, 2015 | 9 AM
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Tornado strikes northern Illinois; Disaster Services team en route

10:39:42 PM

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team will be in Rochelle in the early morning hours ready to start processing local volunteers. They will be taking debris removal supplies and gear to help coordinate volunteer efforts in the areas affected by the storm.

12:17:44 PM

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services has a team en route to northern Illinois where a strong tornado destroyed dozens of homes. The team will connect with local contacts to see if Convoy of Hope can be of any help to survivors of the storm. The tornado, with 150 mph winds, hit the tiny town of Fairdale, Ill., wiping some homes off their foundations. Media reports say that 11 people have been hospitalized.

As tornado season nears its peak in the U.S., the Disaster Services team continues to closely monitor storm development and implement response plans when warranted. Updates on the situation in Illinois will be posted here as information from the team becomes available.

 

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The Framework of Compassion: Partnership

“Together everyone achieves more” is a phrase that resounds in elementary schools everywhere. There is a lot of truth to this saying.

At Convoy of Hope, we learned a long time ago that if we want to see change in the world we need great friends with similar values.

For us, partnership happens on two levels. We partner with incredible organizations, so in turn we can partner with the communities we serve.

Without our partners and people like you, we would be limited in our ability to spread hope, but together we can help so many. That’s why partnership is an integral part of our compassion framework.

To celebrate the seventh week of our framework of compassion series, we encourage you to reflect on the partnerships in your life and think about how you can work with others to build a better world.

Check out some of our amazing partners — both big and small:

National Breast Cancer Foundation

Feed My Starving Children

Plum Organics

TOMS Shoes

Take Heart Apparel

Give Perf

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The Framework of Compassion: Unity

Without different colors how amazing could a sunset really be? With just one note would your favorite song sound so sweet?

It’s differences and variations coming together that lead to the wonderful things in our lives. Like the many notes in a song, or a palette of colors in the sky. We believe building bridges across our differences allows us to unite as a force for good, and create amazing things in our world.

As Mother Teresa said, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

This week, as part of our framework of compassion series we want you to think about the importance of unity in your life. By doing so, who knows what kind of great things you could be a part of?

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Clean water education is a hands-on experience Clean water education is a hands-on experience

World Water Day: It Filters Down to Education

In a Latin American classroom, a bright young girl listens intently as her teacher talks about safe water storage and hygiene. She is focused and excited because she knows this information will change her life.

At Convoy of Hope, we know it is education that creates sustainable change, not simply a new water filter.

“We are able to impact so many more people at a higher level with education, as opposed to simply putting a filter in people’s hands,” says Kevin Rose, senior director of International Program Operations.

“Education changes the way they collect and use water every day of their lives.”

To create lifelong habits, we combine the efforts of our Children’s Feeding Initiatives in schools with hygiene education programs to ensure the children get healthy and stay healthy. We ensure that those we serve have the potential to improve their own lives and change their communities.

This World Water Day, take a few minutes to educate yourself on water insecurity around the world, and consider what you can do to make pure, clean water available to others.

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