In the past 25 years, Convoy of Hope has provided disaster response, conducted Community Events, and directed nutritional programs and sustainability projects in 48 states.
Day two, no help was in sight … until your Convoy of Hope pulled into our city. It was literally a blessing. We have never seen such a sight. Your company of volunteers came with a smile, a warm handshake and a word of encouragement.Tom Milar, Former Deputy Police Chief, Picayune, Mississippi
Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center and corporate offices are located in Springfield, Missouri. At the “crossroads of America” where U.S. 65 and I-44 intersect, Springfield is an ideal location for the rapid transportation of goods. We transfer loads of food and other relief supplies to and from our warehouse weekly.International
Since Convoy of Hope was established, we’ve brought help and hope to 127 countries and counting.
In 2019, Convoy of Hope launched in Bangladesh through an exciting new partnership. Bangladesh is the most densely populated country in the world with nearly 163 million people, and one third of the population is under the age of 15. We will be serving the children and families in Bangladesh for years to come.
Convoy of Hope began working in Burkina Faso in 2019. We are feeding nearly 1,000 children at five program centers. As our work in Burkina Faso develops, we will meet urgent needs emerging in West Africa. Our Children’s Feeding, Women’s Empowerment, and Agriculture programs will have an immediate impact in rural areas often struggling due to drought.
We began feeding children in El Salvador in 2007, and the program has seen positive growth in the years since. Currently, 68,926 children are being fed at more than 150 program centers. We also piloted our Family Health Empowerment program in this country, which provides mothers with entrepreneurial skills they can use to provide for their families.
Our feeding program in Ethiopia began in 2013. Currently, 3,399 children are being fed at ten program centers. Ethiopia is home to the pilot of our Economic Empowerment program, which equips women with financial education, vocational training, cooperative saving groups, and even start-up capital.
Convoy of Hope has a strong history with Guatemala because of our response to natural disasters. With a population of nearly 17 million people, Guatemala has some of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world. Having just started our program there, Convoy of Hope is addressing this need by establishing Children’s Feeding and Women’s Empowerment programs throughout the country.
We began feeding children in Haiti in 2007, but our program expanded immensely following the 2010 earthquake. Alongside our partners at Mission of Hope, we’re feeding 104,307 children at nearly five hundred program centers. Haiti was also the pilot country for our Agriculture program. Through this initiative, we’re educating rural farmers on how to produce crops so they can better their lives and the lives of hungry children.
There’s a great need to feed hungry children and families in Honduras. We established a feeding program there in 2011, where 22,674 children currently receive daily nutritious meals at more than 250 program centers. We also started our Family Health Empowerment program here after its success in neighboring El Salvador.
Convoy of Hope began our partnership in India in 2018 with a strategic partner who focuses on educating children. Prior to 2018, Convoy of Hope had actively been seeking the best way to serve the overwhelming needs of the country. Currently, Convoy of Hope’s focus is on school feeding programs to complement the children’s education as well as their nutritional health. We are currently feeding more than 2,400 children at 11 program centers in India.
We are currently feeding 4,715 children at 25 program centers in Kenya. After establishing the program in 2009, we also began helping the Maasai people find ways to get clean water to their villages. Tribes in one region discovered a solution within Mount Suswa, an active volcano. Underground lava flows heated existing groundwater, which turned into steam and became trapped in the earth. The Maasi came up with an ingenious solution: insert pipes in the ground to release the steam and allow it to condense on the pipes as distilled water. We’ve funded the work at 12 sites where the Maasai utilize this method.
Since 2014, we have worked with local partners to provide vital resources to refugees fleeing Syria, including food, heaters, newborn health kits, hygiene kits, coats and more. In 2016, we implemented an emergency-based feeding program in Lebanon. We’re now regularly serving more than a thousand Lebanese and Syrian refugee children at five schools and camps. We’ll continue to work with our partners to serve even more children and families in these war-torn communities.
In 2015, Convoy of Hope responded to a devastating earthquake in Nepal. We added the country to our Children’s Feeding initiative the very next year. Today, we’re feeding more than 1,300 children in over a dozen program centers. In addition to the feeding program, we’ve facilitated agriculture trainings to nearly 600 participants that address underlying food security issues. Community members, teachers and parents all report significant changes in their communities, including better school attendance since the children are sick less often.
We expanded the Children’s Feeding Initiative to Nicaragua in 2007, and we’re currently feeding 39,879 children at more than 240 program centers.
We began feeding children in the Philippines in 2009, and it’s become one of our most active operation centers. Currently, 15,941 children have enrolled in the initiative at more than a hundred program centers. The Philippines is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons, so having an efficient feeding network allows us to respond quickly when disasters strike the island nation.
Expanding our presence on the African continent, we added South Africa to our Children’s Feeding initiative in 2012 through our partners at Blessman International. Currently, 13,018 children are being fed at 140 program centers.
In response to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that occurred in 2005, Convoy of Hope responded with food aid and critical relief supplies. In 2018, at the request of a strategic partner, we began working to feed children in Sri Lanka on a long-term basis. Convoy of Hope is feeding more than a thousand children located in key areas of need around the country. This feeding supports efforts in the areas of education and community development.
The feeding program in Tanzania was established in 2013, and we’re currently feeding 3,030 children at seven program centers. We’ve also implemented our Girls’ Empowerment and Economic Empowerment programs in Tanzania. Our Economic Empowerment program in Tanzania equips women with financial education, vocational training, cooperative saving groups, and even start-up capital.
Togo is a small country in comparison to some of its West Africa neighbors. With a 53.5% poverty rate and 69% of rural households facing severe food insecurity, the pressing need could not be overlooked. Convoy of Hope decided to launch our first feeding program there in 2019. Nearly 2,000 children are enrolled in our Children’s Feeding program in Togo. We’re pleased to expand the capacity of families and communities in Togo in the months ahead.
Convoy of Hope began working in Uganda in 2017. Our entry into the country is in response to the refugee crisis from the conflict in South Sudan. Our partnership in Uganda is focused on feeding children between 3 and 8 years old in schools. Most of our activities benefit refugee children in three different settlements. These meals provide much-needed nutrition and encourage pre-primary school attendance. We are currently feeding more than 15,000 children in Uganda.
Our work in Europe is an integral part of our driving passion to feed the world. We serve the less fortunate in 11 countries throughout Europe.