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 view above Ethiopia's capitol city of Addis Ababa. The view above Ethiopia's capitol city of Addis Ababa.

No, I am just visiting

An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I often think of that proverb when I consider the work we’re doing around the world together.

We are unifying people, businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies around a movement of hope. We’re going far, and we’re doing it together.

Once as I was walking through immigration in Ethiopia, I learned I had mistakenly omitted the answers to a few questions on the admittance form. The security agent asked, “Occupation?”

I replied with a little chuckle, “No, I am just visiting.”Ethiopia-March-2014__0864 copyThis is the mindset of all who are involved with Convoy of Hope. We’ll travel to the ends of the earth to give of ourselves — not as occupiers but as visitors working together.

Alazer, a young boy in our feeding program in Ethiopia, is the reason we do what we do.The red dust on the playground swirls into the air as Alazer, 5, leads a group of about 30 children in dancing in circles and singing at his school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“Come, follow me!” he tells them.

It’s evident Alazer is a leader as the boys and girls fall in line behind him, following him around in circles.

Alazer and the other children in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Initiative at his school just received a lunch meal of injera (traditional Ethiopian bread) and sauce. Their energy level is high as they play.

“When I did not have food in my lunchbox, I was sad,” says Alazer, an aspiring doctor. “Now I am happy and satisfied.”

Genet Abay, program coordinator in Ethiopia, says 400 children are now being fed every school day in Ethiopia.

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From The Founders / Program Updates
14 pre-med and science students from Evangel University joined Convoy of Hope's Agriculture Initiative in Haiti to help provide education to local Haitian farmers. 14 pre-med and science students from Evangel University joined Convoy of Hope's Agriculture Initiative in Haiti to help provide education to local Haitian farmers.

What does education carry?

When we stepped into the church building in Turpin on a mild morning, 55 men and women were already seated on the narrow wooden benches, ready to learn. This particular Convoy of Hope Agriculture training session was one of four that we conducted in Haiti that week. We had a group of 14 pre-med and science students from Evangel University with us. Each of them had prepared to teach topics, ranging from basic plant nutrition to pest control methods, to new farmers in our ongoing seed program. It was an invaluable opportunity for everyone involved.

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When I look back on this week, a few things stand out to me that highlighted the significance of this trip, and of education.

I can picture the eagerness in the eyes of the Haitian farmers as they drank in the information that we gave them about how to make their crops grow well, so that they can provide for their families.

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I can see the kids filling up the doorways on either side of the church building, their curiosity getting the best of them as they passed by.

I also see the initial hesitancy on the faces of the university students as they stepped outside of their comfort zones and became the teachers, and then the way that their enthusiasm blossomed as the trainings progressed. There is a special joy that comes from having the opportunity to teach something meaningful, that you’ve learned, to others.

As a recent college graduate and someone who loves learning, these feelings are all familiar to me. I know, first hand, the worth of a good education. It is something that many people do not have access to all over the world. It is something that people are willing to pay a great price for, whether that is taking out thousands of dollars in loans or making the lengthy journey on foot to get to a place of learning. An education is something that these 14 university students from southwest Missouri now have in common with just over 3,400 farmers in the mountains of Haiti and beyond through our Agricultural Initiatives—and that number keeps growing.

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Our Agriculture program at Convoy of Hope provides many tangible resources to our farmers in Haiti but what I am most passionate about is that we are able to provide expertise in agriculture that has all but disappeared from the country. I believe that this education is the irreplaceable tool that we can place in their hands to create sustainable change. Although the resources that we can provide eventually reach a limit, education carries immeasurable potential. It is a long-term investment that can carry over from generation to generation, continuing to provide meals and lift people out of poverty for years to come.

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Gail Starnes, a local volunteer coordinator for the Convoy of Hope community event in Wichita was recently interviewed on the Brett and Sierra show on KWCH12. Gail Starnes, a local volunteer coordinator for the Convoy of Hope community event in Wichita was recently interviewed on the Brett and Sierra show on KWCH12.

Expecting great things in Wichita

We’re expecting an incredible day for thousands of guests of honor and volunteers on Saturday, August 2, at our community event in Wichita, Kan. Watch this local news story to see what volunteers and guests of honor experience at a Convoy of Hope community event.

Learn about attending, volunteering and more Wichita Community Event

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