Children’s Feeding Initiatives
Convoy of Hope is celebrating the life of eleven-year-old Kevin and children just like him around the world in observance of World Food Day.
Kevin lives in El Salvador in a modest shack with his mother, grandmother and sister; finding himself as the man of the household at a very young age. Eight years ago, his father was murdered — a victim of the gang violence that has plagued El Salvador. One of more than 125,000 children around the world enrolled in Convoy of Hope’s children’s feeding initiative, Kevin is fed at school by Convoy of Hope and is able to bring food home to his family.
“We’re celebrating the lives of the children we are feeding today and we’re honored to be part of a global movement to end world hunger,” says Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope.
Convoy of Hope is also piloting agricultural initiatives with Haitian farmers that target the root of the world food security problem.
“We’ve increased the income of some families income by 50 percent over the last year after teaching farmers how to grow their own bean crops,” says Jason Streubel, agriculture specialist for Convoy of Hope. “Through buying locally, transferring knowledge through education, focusing on soil health and demonstrating best Haitian practices we are seeing a change in the cycle of poverty.”
As part of the initiative, Convoy of Hope is buying back some of the crop at fair prices to be used to feed Haitian children enrolled in our children’s feeding Initiative.
Convoy of Hope has served 4,844,635 people and distributed 19,378,539 pounds of product in 2012.