There is hope in every storm.

We are highly regarded for our scalable distribution model, Disaster Services teams, six international warehouses and a Mobile Command Center. Consistently, we are among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. We have helped millions of people in the aftermath of disasters by working with and through churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits.

Why Respond?

In 1998, we responded to our first disaster — flooding in Del Rio, Texas, after Tropical Storm Charley. Since then, we have responded to hurricanes, typhoons, ice storms, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires and floods in the United States and throughout the world. Our goal? To give people help and hope in times of great need. Already, we’ve responded to more than 225 disasters and have had the opportunity to bring food, water, ice, emergency supplies and long-term solutions to families reeling from tragedy.

Our Impact

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    234

    International and domestic disaster responses.
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    2,117

    Tractor trailers of food and relief supplies distributed to people facing disaster.
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    Total volunteer hours.
  • 37,548

    Disaster response volunteers.
  • 1,516

    Local church and organization partners.

Our Approach

  • Monitoring

    Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response Teams constantly monitor developing weather situations, earthquake activity, wildfires and other forms of natural disasters from the team’s Operations Center at our World-Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo. By staying up to date on potential situations we are able to deploy assessment teams and supplies immediately.

  • Assessment

    Our Disaster Response Team consistently sends assessment teams to the field to gauge our level of response. In many instances our teams are on the ground even before a storm passes. Our assessment teams gather critical information and report that back to our Operations Center where the scope of our response is determined.

  • Response

    Disaster response efforts vary depending on the nature of a disaster but typically consist of rotating response teams in the field and the shipment of loads of disaster relief supplies from our World-Distribution Center. Teams in the field distribute relief supplies to storm survivors, coordinate volunteers and assist in cleanup efforts. Coordination with local, state and federal officials is also an essential part of our disaster response work.

  • Recovery

    Long after the media’s spotlight has lifted from a disaster area we continue our work for months, sometimes even years. Our goal is not only to be one of the first organizations to respond to a disaster, but also one of the last to leave. In doing so, we bring immediate and long-term relief to those who are suffering.

Experts in the field

Nick Wiersma

Volunteer Services Director - Disaster Response

Nick Wiersma has been on the front lines of numerous disaster responses in places such as: Haiti, Chile, New York, Japan, Oklahoma and the Philippines. He’s clocked countless hours helping others in their time of need yet he’s quick to credit his colleagues and volunteers for their support and dedicated teamwork.

Project Spotlight

Joplin Homes

Rebuilding smarter and stronger.

In 2011, we broke ground on the first of 13 disaster-resistant and energy-efficient homes for survivors of the May 2011 EF-5 tornado that left a mile-wide swath through Joplin, Mo. In 2014, another family will have the peace of mind of owning a brand-new, energy-efficient home that is disaster resistant.

Our response to the Philippines

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Kristen Rogers sorts through books she gathered up to give to children at the Community Outreach. Kristen Rogers sorts through books she gathered up to give to children at the Community Outreach.

Sharing Hope through Literacy

Within the first few minutes of meeting 9-year-old, Kristen Rodgers, it’s clear she is wise beyond her years. She stands in a tent on a rainy day at one of our community events in Kansas City, Mo., passing out free books to children.

Kristen first came up with the idea when she volunteered at the event the year before. “I realized there were no books,” she says. And she is right. At an average community event, guests of honor can receive a multitude of goods and services which may include:  free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job placement assistance and a kids carnival.

After the event in 2013, Kristen decided to take action. She started a book drive to collect books that could be given out at the event this year. Kristen worked with family members, friends, her school and other organizations in her community to raise more than 2,000 books to pass out at the community outreach.

Kristen saw the effect of her project immediately. One child was overheard telling her, “Thank you. I was getting really tired of re-reading the same book.”

We complimented Kristen on being so young and taking the initiative to help others. When asked what she would tell those who don’t think they can make a difference because they are just kids, she says, “It’s not impossible — you just have to try.”

 

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Girls in the program are familiar with adversity, as they grew up in traditional Tanzanian settings where women are not always given the same opportunities as men. Girls in the program are familiar with adversity, as they grew up in traditional Tanzanian settings where women are not always given the same opportunities as men.

A Place in Society

On a sunny day in Tanzania, a sense of hope is evident as we meet with Pendo and Zainabu, two teenagers from our Empowered Girls program. They beam as they talk about their new self-confidence and their dreams and aspirations for the future.

Empowered Girls is a program in our Women’s Empowerment Initiative that brings educational programs to schools and communities in East Africa. Sessions include contextually appropriate topics such as self-esteem, gender-based violence, and harmful cultural beliefs and practices. Professionals from the community visit the schools to provide lessons in health, women’s rights, leadership and family planning.

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Pendo, Zainabu and many of the other girls in the program are familiar with adversity, as they grew up in traditional Tanzanian settings where women are not always given the same opportunities as men.

Zainabu, 14, lost her father at the age of five and struggled for many years with grief. She said getting involved in the Empowered Girls program has made a great impact.

“I would hear other people talk about their families and it made me miss mine” says Zainabu as her eyes start to water. “I felt so sad, but when I come here, they encourage me.”

There is a strong emphasis on the future as well. Pendo, 16, hopes to encourage and empower other girls in their community.

“I am a girl,” says Pendo proudly. “And I have a place in society.”

Pendo loves to sing and is a self-proclaimed bookworm.

Zainabu also has big dreams. She plans on becoming a lawyer someday so she can help educate others on women’s rights. When asked about advice she would give other young women, her answer was simple.

“They can do anything,” Zainabu says. “They have to be proud to be girls.”

This year, we have watched more than 1,200 girls develop this sense of pride through the Empowered Girls program.

“They have a lot of potential,” says Daudi Msseemmaa, Africa field operations director. “And potential is a beautiful thing.”

 

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Building materials provided by Convoy of Hope being distributed to small islands in the Philippines in 2013. Building materials provided by Convoy of Hope being distributed to small islands in the Philippines in 2013.

Relief in the Philippines in wake of Typhoon Hagupit

UPDATE: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2014. 11: 30 a.m. CST

As Typhoon Hagupit exits the Philippines, cleanup from the storm’s aftermath begins. The rains are still falling over many of the islands, with 10-15 inches of rain expected. Flooding is severe in many areas, including Lucena, where one of our Philippine Women’s Empowerment Initiatives is based.

“Our team is working to deliver relief supplies to the women in our program,” says Raul Manuel, Philippines national director. “Food and construction supplies are badly needed for distribution.”

Property damage from strong winds has rendered many homeless, especially in hard-hit areas of Delores, Leyte, Samar and Tacloban, where the typhoon first made landfall. Roads are still blocked with fallen debris to many areas still left to survey.

Several of the homes recently constructed by Convoy of Hope have suffered major damage.

As the typhoon approached our team was fast at work staging food and supplies.

“Residents will have a steady food supply,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director. “We are working to ensure that those who need food are fed.”

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Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. 1:30 p.m. CST

“Our Tacloban reconstructed homes were in the path of Typhoon Hagupit and we know several got destroyed again. Food and water is badly needed.”
Raul Manuel, Philippines nation director for Convoy of Hope

A little more than a year ago our Disaster Response team deployed to the Philippines to bring emergency food, water and supplies to tens of thousands of families who were reeling from Super Typhoon Haiyan. In the following months, our team built and repaired homes for dozens of impoverished families who had lost everything during Haiyan.

Unfortunately, this past weekend, another typhoon [Hagupit] made landfall in areas where we did much recovery work this past year. Our in-country teams report that many of the homes we worked on and built took direct hits from this most recent typhoon.

“Our Tacloban reconstructed homes were in the path of the typhoon and we know several got destroyed,” says Raul Manuel, Philippines nation director for Convoy of Hope. “Food and water is badly needed.”

Manuel adds that Hagupit brought heavy rains and flooding to vulnerable areas inhabited by thousands of impoverished residents. Many families have sought safety in evacuation centers. In many areas, electricity and communications are down.

Please know that our teams in the States are deploying to the Philippines and our in-country teams have already begun distributing food.

“Our in-country team is working diligently to bring relief to families,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director. “As soon as flights and shipping lanes open we will have emergency supplies and food in the hands of desperate families.”

As more details become available, we ask that you join us in praying for the families impacted by Typhoon Hagupit and consider making a tax-deductible gift.

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(Photo: NOAA/NASA) (Photo: NOAA/NASA)

Monitoring Super Typhoon Hagupit’s path toward the Philippines

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team is closely monitoring Super Typhoon Hagupit, a potentially catastrophic tropical cyclone in the western Pacific Ocean, which forecasters are predicting to make landfall in the Philippines.

“Our in-country staff, as well as our team in the Convoy of Hope Operations Center in Springfield, Mo., are closely watching this storm as it nears the Philippines,” says Chris Dudley, disaster services response director. “If a response is warranted, we’ll act quickly and efficiently.”

Forecasters are warning of the possibly of life-threatening winds, storm surge and flash floods caused by Typhoon Hagupit. As the Disaster Services team monitors the situation, updates will be posted here on the Hope Supply.

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Convoy of Hope Europe: Alik’s story

Alik is an inspiration. As a child, he lost the use of both legs from disease and learned to walk on his hands, dragging his legs behind. But this didn’t stop him from attending a Convoy of Hope Europe event in Glinjeni three years ago.

Since then the COHEU team has stayed in close contact with Alik. They provided him with new furniture and renovated and cleaned his home and property. He was also given a modified bike that he pedals with his hands. Thanks to the bike, Alik is finally able to transport himself independently for the first time in his life.

Read more of Alik’s story at COHEU’s website.

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