We feed more than 145,000 children in 10 nations. Nutritious food opens doors for education, clean water, a sense of hope and much more. Currently, children are fed in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.
Why Feed Children?
The goal of our Children’s Feeding Initiative is to see lives changed as we promote healthy children and communities that are free from poverty and hunger. Many of the children enrolled in our initiative have their only meal of the day at school — a meal provided by Convoy of Hope and our numerous partners.
We believe that the children we feed are essential members of their communities who can, one day, become leaders who bring positive change to their countries by breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger. To accomplish our goal, we use the daily meal as a starting point to build strong, loving communities that have clean water, healthy living environments, education and livelihood opportunities.
Children enrolled in Children’s Feeding Initiative.
Countries where we feed children.
Children who are fed each school day.
(on average) to feed a child for an entire school year through Convoy.
Life transformed every time a child is enrolled in our Children’s Feeding Initiative.
We feed and monitor the health and growth of children each day in far-flung places such as El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Ethiopia, South Africa, Guatemala and Tanzania. We implement appropriate sustainability programs based on the needs represented in each country.
Clean and Safe Water
Clean water is life sustaining. That’s why Convoy of Hope has committed to the collection of water, distribution of water filtration systems, and training and equipping local partners where safe water is not available.
Healthy Living Environments
Dangerous structures and improper sanitation can derail a child’s life. We create healthy living environments by teaching appropriate sanitation practices, completing school rehabilitation projects and showing locals how to build proper latrines.
Kevin Rose joined the team in 2009 and was instrumental to our response to the 7.0 Haiti earthquake January 2010. Since, Rose has helped enrollment in the children’s feeding initiative scale from less than 20,000 children to more than 145,000.
feedONE is a passionate, creative community dedicated to eradicating hunger one person at a time. We believe if the emerging generation is unleashed to solve the world’s great challenges, they will produce a whole new world. The world is rich with complex problems ranging from conflict to disease, and the way forward is not always clear. However, we believe when it comes to one of mankind’s most fundamental needs, the solution is clear; let’s all just feedONE other person.
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.
A couple years ago, Scott and Janet Howard had the opportunity to travel with Convoy of Hope team members on a trip to Kenya. During the trip, the Howards visited a school in Nairobi and were led through the back gate into a slum.
A boy Janet noticed kneeled low in the dust; he had no food and no energy to get up off the ground. His suffering was burned into Janet’s mind; as she walked back into the school, she saw the happy, healthy face of a young girl enrolled in the Kenya Children’s Feeding Initiative.
There was such a difference in the countenance of the two children — she and Scott agreed right then to do whatever it took to help the children who lived outside those gates to become part of the feeding initiative. They became wholeheartedly dedicated to supporting our organization financially.
When Janet, a brilliant artist, returned home from the trip, she created oil paintings of the two children in Kenya and recently presented those as a gift to the organization. “The kneeling boy represents the face of despair,” Janet says. “The smiling girl represents the face of hope. The contrast of the two children shows the mission of Convoy of Hope in a despairing world.”
We’re grateful to the Howards for their beautiful gift, for their financial support and for recognizing our passion to feed children and transform lives.
Every once in awhile we get cards from children here in the U.S. and around the world. Hearing from children is one of our favorite things, so we wanted to share some of them with you. Enjoy!
“I think you put people’s needs before yours, you put rainbows in peoples lifes!! — McKenzie, student at Springfield, Mo., Public Schools.
Do you need a rainbow in your life? McKenzie says that’s what we do and sure, we’ll take that.
This one showcases the beauty that is the Philippines. And inside the card? Even more beautiful. Mahalica, who attends Divisoria Elementary School in the Philippines where we feed 200 kids every school day wrote, “Thanks for the feeding you are giving us. May you never get tired of helping us.”
You’re welcome Flordeliza! We love you and we love the Philippines!
This cover of this card says it all …well almost all. Check out the inside:
“To the sponsors of Convoy of Hope, thank you for giving me foods in our feeding. My weight improved. Thank you very much. God Bless you. — Janella Faye, Divisoria Elementary School, the Philippines.
Relief to the hurting.
Feeling the love from the Philippines and here in the U.S.
Kids are amazing.
“Dear Convoy of Hope, Thank you very much for feeding me. You and your group have a gold heart.” — Joshua,Divisoria Elementary School, the Philippines.
Thanks to Joshua for the card and the awesome message. You have a gold heart too!
Today, as the world marks the 5th anniversary of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 that killed hundreds of thousands and caused mass devastation, we take note of the incredible journey we’ve taken with the Haitian people.
On that fateful day in 2010, Kevin Rose, senior director for international programs, was on a trip to Haiti that started like any other. Convoy of Hope had already begun a feeding program in the country where we were feeding around 25,000 children; Rose was in Haiti to monitor the program.
“Our feeding program was in its infancy, but of course the events of January 12th changed that,” says Rose, recalling the day of the earthquake.
In fact, the events of that day not only changed the lives of the Haitian people, it also shaped the trajectory of Convoy of Hope. Immediately after the strong tremors shook the island nation, Rose and a few others were in the streets assessing the insurmountable damage and beginning what would become one of the biggest disaster response efforts in Convoy of Hope’s history.
Because of our strong alliances with partners and organizations, we were one of the first humanitarian aid groups to distribute food to earthquake survivors. Within weeks, we were able to distribute millions of meals and install water purification units in some of the hardest hit areas of Port-au-Prince.
We’ve been on the ground and have continued work in Haiti ever since. Through our budding Children’s Feeding Initiative in Haiti, we’re now feeding more than 62,000 children every school day. That’s more than 37,000 more than we were feeding before the earthquake!
We’ve also piloted an Agricultural Initiative in Haiti, where we are teaching farmers the skills they need to produce crops that yield significant returns. The farmers are now able to feed their families and provide food to our Children’s Feeding Initiative.
The good news doesn’t stop there. Along with our generous partner, Mission of Hope Haiti, we’ve built a new 30,000 square-foot warehouse just outside Port-au-Prince. The new facility helps us work more efficiently in preparation for natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes.
“To be a part of the transformation and healing of the Haitian people has truly been a humbling experience for us as an organization,” says Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder. “Thanks to the many individuals and partners who have supported our efforts over the last five years, we’ve saved lives and brought hope to tens of thousands of hurting people.”