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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Kristen Rogers sorts through books she gathered up to give to children at the Community Outreach. Kristen Rogers sorts through books she gathered up to give to children at the Community Outreach.

Sharing Hope through Literacy

Within the first few minutes of meeting 9-year-old, Kristen Rodgers, it’s clear she is wise beyond her years. She stands in a tent on a rainy day at one of our community events in Kansas City, Mo., passing out free books to children.

Kristen first came up with the idea when she volunteered at the event the year before. “I realized there were no books,” she says. And she is right. At an average community event, guests of honor can receive a multitude of goods and services which may include:  free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job placement assistance and a kids carnival.

After the event in 2013, Kristen decided to take action. She started a book drive to collect books that could be given out at the event this year. Kristen worked with family members, friends, her school and other organizations in her community to raise more than 2,000 books to pass out at the community outreach.

Kristen saw the effect of her project immediately. One child was overheard telling her, “Thank you. I was getting really tired of re-reading the same book.”

We complimented Kristen on being so young and taking the initiative to help others. When asked what she would tell those who don’t think they can make a difference because they are just kids, she says, “It’s not impossible — you just have to try.”

 

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Girls in the program are familiar with adversity, as they grew up in traditional Tanzanian settings where women are not always given the same opportunities as men. Girls in the program are familiar with adversity, as they grew up in traditional Tanzanian settings where women are not always given the same opportunities as men.

A Place in Society

On a sunny day in Tanzania, a sense of hope is evident as we meet with Pendo and Zainabu, two teenagers from our Empowered Girls program. They beam as they talk about their new self-confidence and their dreams and aspirations for the future.

Empowered Girls is a program in our Women’s Empowerment Initiative that brings educational programs to schools and communities in East Africa. Sessions include contextually appropriate topics such as self-esteem, gender-based violence, and harmful cultural beliefs and practices. Professionals from the community visit the schools to provide lessons in health, women’s rights, leadership and family planning.

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Pendo, Zainabu and many of the other girls in the program are familiar with adversity, as they grew up in traditional Tanzanian settings where women are not always given the same opportunities as men.

Zainabu, 14, lost her father at the age of five and struggled for many years with grief. She said getting involved in the Empowered Girls program has made a great impact.

“I would hear other people talk about their families and it made me miss mine” says Zainabu as her eyes start to water. “I felt so sad, but when I come here, they encourage me.”

There is a strong emphasis on the future as well. Pendo, 16, hopes to encourage and empower other girls in their community.

“I am a girl,” says Pendo proudly. “And I have a place in society.”

Pendo loves to sing and is a self-proclaimed bookworm.

Zainabu also has big dreams. She plans on becoming a lawyer someday so she can help educate others on women’s rights. When asked about advice she would give other young women, her answer was simple.

“They can do anything,” Zainabu says. “They have to be proud to be girls.”

This year, we have watched more than 1,200 girls develop this sense of pride through the Empowered Girls program.

“They have a lot of potential,” says Daudi Msseemmaa, Africa field operations director. “And potential is a beautiful thing.”

 

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Building materials provided by Convoy of Hope being distributed to small islands in the Philippines in 2013. Building materials provided by Convoy of Hope being distributed to small islands in the Philippines in 2013.

Relief in the Philippines in wake of Typhoon Hagupit

UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2014. 11: 30 a.m. CST

As Typhoon Hagupit exits the Philippines, cleanup from the storm’s aftermath begins. The rains are still falling over many of the islands, with 10-15 inches of rain expected. Flooding is severe in many areas, including Lucena, where one of our Philippine Women’s Empowerment Initiatives is based.

“Our team is working to deliver relief supplies to the women in our program,” says Raul Manuel, Philippines national director. “Food and construction supplies are badly needed for distribution.”

Property damage from strong winds has rendered many homeless, especially in hard-hit areas of Delores, Leyte, Samar and Tacloban, where the typhoon first made landfall. Roads are still blocked with fallen debris to many areas still left to survey.

Several of the homes recently constructed by Convoy of Hope have suffered major damage.

As the typhoon approached our team was fast at work staging food and supplies.

“Residents will have a steady food supply,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director. “We are working to ensure that those who need food are fed.”

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Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. 1:30 p.m. CST

“Our Tacloban reconstructed homes were in the path of Typhoon Hagupit and we know several got destroyed again. Food and water is badly needed.”
Raul Manuel, Philippines nation director for Convoy of Hope

A little more than a year ago our Disaster Response team deployed to the Philippines to bring emergency food, water and supplies to tens of thousands of families who were reeling from Super Typhoon Haiyan. In the following months, our team built and repaired homes for dozens of impoverished families who had lost everything during Haiyan.

Unfortunately, this past weekend, another typhoon [Hagupit] made landfall in areas where we did much recovery work this past year. Our in-country teams report that many of the homes we worked on and built took direct hits from this most recent typhoon.

“Our Tacloban reconstructed homes were in the path of the typhoon and we know several got destroyed,” says Raul Manuel, Philippines nation director for Convoy of Hope. “Food and water is badly needed.”

Manuel adds that Hagupit brought heavy rains and flooding to vulnerable areas inhabited by thousands of impoverished residents. Many families have sought safety in evacuation centers. In many areas, electricity and communications are down.

Please know that our teams in the States are deploying to the Philippines and our in-country teams have already begun distributing food.

“Our in-country team is working diligently to bring relief to families,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director. “As soon as flights and shipping lanes open we will have emergency supplies and food in the hands of desperate families.”

As more details become available, we ask that you join us in praying for the families impacted by Typhoon Hagupit and consider making a tax-deductible gift.

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(Photo: NOAA/NASA) (Photo: NOAA/NASA)

Monitoring Super Typhoon Hagupit’s path toward the Philippines

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team is closely monitoring Super Typhoon Hagupit, a potentially catastrophic tropical cyclone in the western Pacific Ocean, which forecasters are predicting to make landfall in the Philippines.

“Our in-country staff, as well as our team in the Convoy of Hope Operations Center in Springfield, Mo., are closely watching this storm as it nears the Philippines,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director. “If a response is warranted, we’ll act quickly and efficiently.”

Forecasters are warning of the possibly of life-threatening winds, storm surge and flash floods caused by Typhoon Hagupit. As the Disaster Services team monitors the situation, updates will be posted here on the Hope Supply.

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