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Cyclone Pam ResponseMore teams and 80,000 pounds of emergency food, water and supplies directed to Vanuatu

March 26, 2015 | 9 AM
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Tornado strikes northern Illinois; Disaster Services team en route

10:39:42 PM

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team will be in Rochelle in the early morning hours ready to start processing local volunteers. They will be taking debris removal supplies and gear to help coordinate volunteer efforts in the areas affected by the storm.

12:17:44 PM

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services has a team en route to northern Illinois where a strong tornado destroyed dozens of homes. The team will connect with local contacts to see if Convoy of Hope can be of any help to survivors of the storm. The tornado, with 150 mph winds, hit the tiny town of Fairdale, Ill., wiping some homes off their foundations. Media reports say that 11 people have been hospitalized.

As tornado season nears its peak in the U.S., the Disaster Services team continues to closely monitor storm development and implement response plans when warranted. Updates on the situation in Illinois will be posted here as information from the team becomes available.

 

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The Framework of Compassion: Partnership

“Together everyone achieves more” is a phrase that resounds in elementary schools everywhere. There is a lot of truth to this saying.

At Convoy of Hope, we learned a long time ago that if we want to see change in the world we need great friends with similar values.

For us, partnership happens on two levels. We partner with incredible organizations, so in turn we can partner with the communities we serve.

Without our partners and people like you, we would be limited in our ability to spread hope, but together we can help so many. That’s why partnership is an integral part of our compassion framework.

To celebrate the seventh week of our framework of compassion series, we encourage you to reflect on the partnerships in your life and think about how you can work with others to build a better world.

Check out some of our amazing partners — both big and small:

National Breast Cancer Foundation

Feed My Starving Children

Plum Organics

TOMS Shoes

Take Heart Apparel

Give Perf

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The Framework of Compassion: Support

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed—Napoleon Hill

At Convoy of Hope we take Mr. Hill’s words to heart when thinking of our compassion framework, understanding that our success will be measured by how many lives we improve and people we empower.

Just like Sofia, a young girl from El Salvador, who spends much of the her time while her mother is at work with a local couple that operates the area’s Children’s Feeding Initiative.

By compounding a local organizations relationships and know-how with our resources we can come together to do so much more for those that need it most.

As part of our framework of compassion series, we encourage you to think about support and what you can do to help a local organization that is working to empower others.

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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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Clean water education is a hands-on experience Clean water education is a hands-on experience

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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