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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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Children's Feeding / Inspiration / Program Updates

The framework of compassion: advocacy

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. ~ Robert F. Kennedy

RFK’s quote from decades ago is timeless. He knew the importance of advocating for others. It’s an integral part of our mission to advocate and stand up for the hurting — particularly hungry children and the less fortunate.

Today, in our framework of compassion series, we’re highlighting the importance of advocacy in our every day lives.

In our work around the world, we’ve met tens of thousands of advocates for the poor and suffering — people helping people. Be an advocate for someone or something today. It’ll give them a “ripple of hope” they probably really need.

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The Framework of Compassion: Integrity

Continuing our framework of compassion series, today we’re talking integrity.

When thinking about integrity, we’re reminded of the Hansons, an incredible family we met in Las Vegas at our 1000th Community Outreach. They define integrity.

While living in poverty and having four children of their own, they adopted a fifth child in need and gave her a new life.

Inspirations like the Hanson’s remind us why integrity is one of our core values.

 

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The Disaster Services team unloads water for residents of the mobile home park. The Disaster Services team unloads water for residents of the mobile home park.

Water is Essential

Each day, we use water without thinking twice about where it’s coming from. We take showers, brush our teeth and drink it straight from the tap. That is a luxury that we have because of where we live. Oftentimes in our travels abroad, specifically during times of disaster, we see that many do not have that same luxury.

This week, we were surprised to see a water issue in our own backyard. Up until Wednesday, a mobile home park in Springfield, Mo. — home of our world distribution center — was without water. It had been shut off and more than 30 families were trying to get by without.

“You can’t go without water,” said Chet Hunter, director of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management. Hunter reached out to local organizations on Tuesday, including Convoy of Hope, and received supplies less than 16 hours later.

“Working together gives us the ability to reach out to those in need and work seamlessly in a productive environment,” said Hunter. “And that allows us to respond immediately.”

Convoy of Hope delivered two pallets of water to residents for drinking, cooking and hygiene needs. Many families wondered how they were going to get by. Antonio Clay, father of three, said the delivery was a huge blessing. “We’re glad someone is thinking about us,” he said.

While Convoy of Hope responds to disasters all over the world, it’s equally important for us to take time to remember our neighbors during their time of need.

“We are so thankful to have an organization like Convoy of Hope that does great work around the world right here in Springfield to assist our residents,” says City Manager Greg Burris.

In 2014, Convoy of Hope responded to 22 disasters in the U.S. and internationally providing life-saving food, supplies and water.

“Water is essential,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director. “Everyone deserves the right to have access to clean water.”

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