Where We Work

Domestic

Domestic

In the past 20 years, Convoy of Hope has been active in 48 states and providing disaster response, conducting community outreach events, and directing nutritional programs and sustainability projects.

Day two, no help was in sight…until your Convoy of Hope pulled into our city. It was literally a blessing. We have never seen such a sight. Your company of volunteers came with a smile, a warm handshake and a word of encouragement.
Former Deputy Police Chief Tom Milar, Picayune, Miss.

Convoy of Hope’s world-distribution center and corporate offices are located in Springfield, Missouri at the crossroads of America, where U.S. 65 and I-44 intersect. Springfield is an ideal location for the rapid transportation of goods. Loads of food and other relief supplies are transferred to and from the warehouse weekly.

International

International

Since Convoy of Hope was established it has brought help and hope to 113 countries and counting. This has been made possible, in part, thanks to Convoy of Hope Europe.

Focus Countries

Haiti

While we began feeding children in Haiti in 2007, our program expanded immensely after the January 2010 earthquake. After the disaster struck, we were on the ground immediately providing relief to survivors, including children. Today, we’re feeding 61,909 children at 264 feeding sites. Haiti is also the pilot country for our Agricultural Initiative where we’re educating rural farmers who are producing crops and bettering their lives and the lives of hungry children.

The Dominican Republic

Sharing the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, the Dominican Republic is also home to poverty-stricken communities and hungry children. We established our CFI there in 2011 and are currently feeding 3,000 children at 22 feeding sites.

El Salvador

We began feeding children in El Salvador in 2007 and the initiative has seen positive growth in the years since. Currently 10,663 children are being fed at 65 feeding sites in El Salvador and the country has served as our pilot country for our Mother’s Club program where we provide poverty-stricken mothers with entrepreneurial skills to earn a living and provide for their families.

Guatemala

Guatemala is also a very poor country in Latin American and with the help of partners, we began feeding children there in 2012. Currently 15,145 children are being fed at 169 feeding sites.

Honduras

There is a great need to feed hungry children and families in Honduras. Our CFI was established in 2011 and there are currently 2,933 children are being fed at 23 feeding sites. We’ve also started our Mother’s Clubs program in Honduras after its success in neighboring El Salvador.

Nicaragua

The Children’s Feeding Initiative started in 2007 and we’re currently feeding 6,345 children at 40 feeding sites.

The Philippines

We began feeding children in the Philippines in 2009 and it has become one of our largest feeding countries with 28,309 children currently enrolled in the initiative at 175 feeding sites. The Philippines is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons so having an efficient feeding network allows us to respond quickly when disasters strike the island nation.

Tanzania

One of our newer countries, our CFI in Tanzania was established in 2013 and we’re currently feeding 1,595 children at 5 feeding sites. Our women’s micro-enterprise program that equips women with financial education, vocational training, cooperative saving groups and even start-up capital is being implemented in Tanzania as well as our Empowered Girls program that brings educational programs to schools and communities.

Kenya

After establishing our program in Kenya in 2009, we began helping the Maasai people find ways to get clean water to their villages. Maasai tribes in one region had been desperately searching for ways to overcome their lack of water when they discovered the answer lied within Mt. Suswa, an active volcano. They found that the lava flow running beneath them was heating existing ground water, turning it into steam and trapping it in the earth. They began harvesting the steam by inserting pipes in the ground and collecting it as it turns to distilled water. We’ve funded the work at 12 sites where the Maasai are utilizing this method. There are currently 2,548 children being fed at 14 feeding sites in Kenya.

Ethiopia

CFI established in 2013. Currently 280 children are being fed at 1 feeding site. Ethiopia is home to the pilot of our women’s micro-enterprise program that equips women with financial education, vocational training, cooperative saving groups and even start-up capital.

South Africa

Expanding our presence on the African continent, South Africa was added to our CFI in 2012. Currently 7,710 children are being fed at 62 feeding sites.

Convoy of Hope Europe

Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) was founded in 2003 and is an integral part of Convoy of Hope’s driving passion to feed the world. COHEU has served the less fortunate in 36 countries throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Visit www.convoyofhope.eu for more information about the work of COHEU.

 

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An inspiration to empower women

In 1969 my parents’ automobile was hit by a drunken driver. My father was killed and my mother was seriously injured. Suddenly, my mother became a single parent and began looking for a job to support the family.

She did not have a college education or formal training. She wanted to care for her children but she found it difficult to find employment that provided adequate compensation. Although I was just a boy, I remember her leaving the house day after day to search for a job. She was determined that her family would not stay on welfare forever.

Finally, she was offered a temporary position which eventually led to full-time employment.  That was one of the greatest moments of her life.

In countries like Ethiopia, Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative, which teaches women skills to earn and save money through job training, is giving women an opportunity to earn an income that enables them to feed their children. In essence, they are accomplishing what my mother did many years ago.

Many of these women have been abandoned and abused their entire lives. But finally, through Women’s Empowerment, they are being given a chance at a better life.

I’ve had the opportunity to visit some of the businesses these women have started. I wish you could see their smiles and hear their words of gratitude.

Because the women are being taught how to save a portion of their earnings, no longer will they be living in the streets or struggling to make ends meet.  They have new skills and a greater understanding of business principles. As a result, their future is bright.

Thank you for caring and giving so Convoy of Hope can continue to meet the needs of women in places like Ethiopia, Tanzania, El Salvador and 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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