Hope begins with a meal.

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.

Our Impact

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    146,676

    Children enrolled in Children’s Feeding Initiative.
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    10

    Countries where we feed children.
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    102,484

    Children who are fed each school day.
  • $120

    (on average) to feed a child for an entire school year through Convoy.
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    Life transformed every time a child is enrolled in our Children’s Feeding Initiative.

Our Approach

  • Nutritious Meals

    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.

Experts in the field

Kevin Rose

Senior Director -- Children’s Feeding Initiatives

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.

Program Spotlight

feedONE

If you can’t feed 100 people, then just feed one.

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.

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A card from a child in the Philippines. A card from a child in the Philippines.

Kids say it best — Letters from the field

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!

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“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.

 

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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.”

 

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You’re welcome Flordeliza! We love you and we love the Philippines!

 

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This cover of this card says it all …well almost all. Check out the inside:

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“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.

 

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Relief to the hurting.

 

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Feeling the love from the Philippines and here in the U.S.

 

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Kids are amazing.

 

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“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!

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The Haitian people are the prefect example of perseverance with joy. The Haitian people are the prefect example of perseverance with joy.

The Haiti Earthquake – Our Journey with the Haitian People

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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Convoy of Hope marks milestone of bringing smiles to 70 million people around the world. Convoy of Hope marks milestone of bringing smiles to 70 million people around the world.

MILESTONE: 70 million people served!

Great news! Convoy of Hope has now helped more than 70 million people throughout the world.

While we’ve passed that milestone, we haven’t forgotten what matters most — changing lives one smile at a time. Over the last 20 years, we’ve brought hope to families in despair, helped people pick up the pieces of their lives after a disaster and put healthy meals in front of children on a daily basis. It all leads back to that one smile on someone’s face that makes all the difference in the world. Thank you for being a part of our efforts and here’s to bringing hope to the next 70 million!

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Kelly Nesvold trains to run 100 miles. Kelly Nesvold trains to run 100 miles.

Running with Purpose

In a world full of adventure races, marathons and 5K events, many exercise enthusiasts find themselves asking, “What’s the point?”

Kelly Nesvold, 39, was one of those people. Nesvold and a group of friends got together and started competing in different events like the Tough Mudder, a half marathon and even a 50 kilometer trail run.

While Nesvold enjoyed spending time with his friends and getting in shape, he found himself asking that very question —”What’s the point?” Other than personal gain, there was really nothing inspiring him to compete.

Early in 2014, Nesvold got the idea to run 100 miles — with a purpose. He decided to raise money for kids all over the world and set a hefty goal of $25,000, which would feed 100,000 children in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Initiative for a week.

He trained for months. The event took place on October 11 when he left St. Paul, Minn. around 6:00 a.m. and was prepared to run for the next 24-plus hours.

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Along the route, friends, family members and even strangers joined in on his mission to end world hunger. “It gets pretty emotional when you run for so long,” recalls Nesvold. “It made a huge difference to have that support.”

Nesvold crossed the finish line on Sunday, October 12 in Austin, Minn., —27 hours after he started the race— and was greeted with cheers of support. Nesvold ended up crushing his fundraising goal and brought in over $33,000 to feed kids around the world.

“Raising money for the kids has been phenomenal,” says Nesvold.

He hopes his mission to help others will encourage people everywhere to do the same. He also hopes to set an example for his children that there are no limitations to what you can do when helping others.

While Nesvold will be taking it easy for a while, he reflects on his experience, “It’s made me a  much stronger person. I’m glad I could step up and do my part.”

To learn more about Nesvold’s journey, visit http://100m4hunger.com/

 

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