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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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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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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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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In Ethiopia some of our women's businesses have grown to the size where they have their own employees! In Ethiopia some of our women's businesses have grown to the size where they have their own employees!

International Women’s Day: Empowering Women and Changing Families

Just a hand up. Sometimes that’s all a person needs to rise out of a poverty and feel like they’ve finally made it. A simple hand up can mean the difference between a success story and a life lived in despair. And that’s what we’re here to help provide: a hand up to families who need it.

Our Women’s Empowerment Initiative began five years ago, and was birthed out of a desire in our hearts to change the circumstances of women who were marginalized in society, with no hope of ever becoming more. Many we saw were homeless, with no job skills or income, and no way to provide food or shelter for their children.

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We wanted to help women like Murida, who was forced onto the streets when she could no longer afford her house when her husband left her and their four children. With no income or formal training for employment, she survived on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She tied a long scarf to herself and around her children at night so they wouldn’t be kidnapped while they slept.

For 14 years she lived this way — but her life, and her children’s lives, have changed now.

Murida was chosen to enter our Ethiopia Micro+ program and was trained on how to make and market “njera,” a staple Ethiopian food. After her training, she was given seed capital to start her business. Today, her children are living in a home, with no threat of being kidnapped when night falls on Addis Ababa.

Because she’s able to provide for herself and she’s running a successful business, Murida couldn’t be happier. “To have someone look me in the eyes and to feel their care,” she says, “I know I am human and worth something.”

“Of an estimated 1.3 billion people living in abject poverty, 70 percent of those are women.” says Kara Edson “That’s unacceptable. We’re helping women break the cycle of poverty.”

On this International Women’s Day, we will continue to provide a hand up to women and families who need it all over the world — because we want every woman to know, like Murida, that they’re worth more than they ever thought.

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In honor of International Women’s Day we are giving away this beautiful hand made bracelet engraved with the seven countries where we are striving to change the lives of women. Comment on this blog or share our Facebook post for a chance to win!

 

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