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.
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    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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The view above Ethiopia's capitol city of Addis Ababa. The view above Ethiopia's capitol city of Addis Ababa.

No, I am just visiting

An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I often think of that proverb when I consider the work we’re doing around the world together.

We are unifying people, businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies around a movement of hope. We’re going far, and we’re doing it together.

Once as I was walking through immigration in Ethiopia, I learned I had mistakenly omitted the answers to a few questions on the admittance form. The security agent asked, “Occupation?”

I replied with a little chuckle, “No, I am just visiting.”Ethiopia-March-2014__0864 copyThis is the mindset of all who are involved with Convoy of Hope. We’ll travel to the ends of the earth to give of ourselves — not as occupiers but as visitors working together.

Alazer, a young boy in our feeding program in Ethiopia, is the reason we do what we do.The red dust on the playground swirls into the air as Alazer, 5, leads a group of about 30 children in dancing in circles and singing at his school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“Come, follow me!” he tells them.

It’s evident Alazer is a leader as the boys and girls fall in line behind him, following him around in circles.

Alazer and the other children in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Initiative at his school just received a lunch meal of injera (traditional Ethiopian bread) and sauce. Their energy level is high as they play.

“When I did not have food in my lunchbox, I was sad,” says Alazer, an aspiring doctor. “Now I am happy and satisfied.”

Genet Abay, program coordinator in Ethiopia, says 400 children are now being fed every school day in Ethiopia.

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From The Founders / Program Updates
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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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