In the past 24 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 was established, we’ve brought help and hope to 126 countries and counting. This has been made possible, in part, thanks to Convoy of Hope Europe.
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 91,822 children at 389 program centers. Haiti was also the pilot country for our Agricultural 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.
We began feeding children in El Salvador in 2007, and the program has seen positive growth in the years since. Currently, 22,700 children are being fed at 141 program centers. We also piloted our Mothers’ Club program in this country, which provides poverty-stricken mothers with entrepreneurial skills they can use to provide for their families.
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 895 Lebanese and Syrian refugee children at three schools and camps. We’ll continue to work with our partners to serve even more children and families in these war-torn communities.
There’s a great need to feed hungry children and families in Honduras. We established a feeding program there in 2011, where 6,299 children currently receive daily nutritious meals at 70 program centers. We also started a Mothers’ Clubs program here after its success in neighboring El Salvador.
We expanded the Children’s Feeding Initiative to Nicaragua in 2007, and we’re currently feeding 20,905 children at 88 program centers.
We began feeding children in the Philippines in 2009, and it’s become one of our largest feeding countries. Currently, 19,438 children have enrolled in the initiative at 153 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.
The feeding program in Tanzania was established in 2013, and we’re currently feeding 2,210 children at four program centers. We’ve also implemented our Empowered Girls program and the women’s micro-enterprise program, which equips women with financial education, vocational training, cooperative saving groups and even start-up capital.
We are currently feeding 2,708 children at 15 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 ground water, 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.
Our feeding program in Ethiopia began in 2013. Currently, 1,650 children are being fed at five program centers. Ethiopia is home to the pilot of our women’s micro-enterprise program, which equips women with financial education, vocational training, cooperative saving groups and even start-up capital.
Expanding our presence on the African continent, we added South Africa to our Children’s Feeding Initiative in 2012 through out partners at Blessman International. Currently, 8,459 children are being fed at 120 program centers.
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 nearly 600 children in three program centers. In addition to the feeding program, we’ve facilitated agriculture trainings to nearly 300 participants that addresses 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.
Convoy of Hope Europe
Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) was founded in 2003 and is an integral part of our driving passion to feed the world. COHEU serves the less fortunate in 49 countries throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Visit www.convoyofhope.eu for more information about their work.