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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Rural Compassion volunteers help to repair a church roof in Seneca, Ill. Rural Compassion volunteers help to repair a church roof in Seneca, Ill.

Rural Compassion impacts small Illinois town

Convoy of Hope’s Rural Compassion Initiative recently helped coordinate a team of 30 volunteers from Calvary Church of Naperville, Ill., who helped renovate a church and held a community outreach event in Seneca, Ill., just west of Chicago.

“We were there for an entire week to show support for the people of Seneca,” says Kent Anderson, church care network coordinator for Rural Compassion. “It was incredible to see people from one community investing so much time and love in one another.”

The community event was a deemed “Mom’s Day” and included free haircuts, car washes, gift bags, oil changes, books and more for 100 guests of honor.

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Rural Compassion
Jason Streubel, Ph.D and director of agriculture for Convoy of Hope, sits on a Kubota tractor preparing the soil behind our World Distribution Center for a Community Garden. Jason Streubel, Ph.D and director of agriculture for Convoy of Hope, sits on a Kubota tractor preparing the soil behind our World Distribution Center for a Community Garden.

Cultivating Hope with Community Gardens

On a cloudy day in a field behind Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo., Jason Streubel, Ph.D and director of agriculture for Convoy of Hope, sits on a Kubota tractor grinning from ear-to-ear.

Here, in the heart of the city of more than 160,000 residents, an eight-foot barbed wire fence surrounds land on one side. On the other, a deer darts into a wooded area. The smell of freshly-tilled soil fills the air.

Streubel will use this half-acre in collaboration with local universities to plant fall crops and conduct variety trials. The team will collect soil samples, monitor growth rates and yield, and harvest crops.

“This field allows us to do research,” says Streubel. “As our organization gains academic credibility, it opens up relationships so that we can improve our techniques and feed more children.”

According to Streubel, the study also provides opportunity for grants that can be used to develop agriculture initiatives worldwide. Community gardens like this one have also been launched to aid the working poor in targeted areas, like Detroit. In Haiti, 3,600 farmers have been trained by Streubel’s team in management practices specific to their region.Cultivating Hope 1 Cultivating Hope 3

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Agriculture / Program Updates

In Plains, Mt., members of this small, rural town of 1,000 are putting their hands to work to meet the needs of their community. One way is by falling, splitting and delivering free firewood to those who need it to survive the tough, long winters of Montana. They’re using local resources to provide local solutions. And helping resource and train them along the way has been members of our Rural Compassion team. Pretty cool stuff.

Pastor Jim Sinclair of Church on the Move is at the helm of this effort and I was encouraged by his quote from a recent interview — “You can only be a sheep for a little while. Then you have to become a ranch hand.”

What steps can you take TODAY to stop being a sheep and become a ranch hand? Share your ideas on Facebook or Twitter and mention @convoyofhope.

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Inspiration / Rural Compassion
4,700 guests of honor were served in Long Island, N.Y. 4,700 guests of honor were served in Long Island, N.Y.

How 1,479 Long Islanders spent their weekend

The Long Island Convoy of Hope community outreach events took place in Elmont, Hempstead and Bellport, N.Y., this year where more than 4,700 guests of honor were served on the same day.

“Returning to these communities in Long Island is important to us,” says Jason Bachman, outreach director for Convoy of Hope. “We’ve been active in response and recovery since Superstorm Sandy made landfall in 2012 and these community events send the message that Long Islanders haven’t been forgotten.”

Bachman says the day of hope and community togetherness was only possible because of the help of more than 1,400 volunteers who spent their weekend to help their neighbors.

“We had a group of volunteers all the way from Missouri as well as cooperation from local pastors, community leaders and dedicated volunteers,” he adds. “This type of teamwork is what community transformation is made of.”

Long Island Stats at a glance:

Guests of Honor: 4,762
Participating churches and organizations: 238
Volunteers: 1,479
Portraits taken: 1,005
Gardens in a Bag: 2,100
Shoes distributed: 950

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Community Outreach