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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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Agriculture / Program Updates
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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Community Outreach / In The News / Program Updates
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

Singing and clapping, laughing, squealing and children’s feet playing. This is the chorus that greets visitors to the schools and children’s homes where our Children’s Feeding Initiative feeds more than 146,000 children throughout the week. It’s the sound of happiness.

Yet, if you’re reading this blog post on a computer or mobile device, these children have almost certainly never known the comforts of life that you know. In fact, in most cases they have experienced great loss and poverty. It’s what they enjoy, not what they have, that makes them happy.

Enjoy much today.

Then, consider giving something you have to our work throughout the world — you might just enjoy that too!

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