July 8, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.
Springfield, Mo. Below is a report from each of our regions regarding our response to COVID-19:
- Individuals served: 712,428
- Meals served: 13,259,151*
- Countries served: 30
- Masks distributed: 228,050
- Hygiene kits distributed: 15,552
- WASH training participants: 40,635
- Churches, organizations & operational partners: 1,108
- Communities served: 752
Africa – Our teams provided COVID-19 awareness and prevention training to different audiences throughout Tanzania, including community health workers and church leaders. The training included the provision of hygiene items and locally-made hand washing machines.
Eurasia – Emergency distributions of take-home rations and hot meals continue in India and Bangladesh in response to both COVID-19 and Cyclone Amphan. Our team in Nepal continues to do distributions as well.
Europe – In Bulgaria, distributions have been very well received within the Roma communities of Nessebar, Bulgaria. Our team in Europe is assessing and developing project proposals for long-term involvement as they recognize the continued need for empowerment. Church partners in Amiens, France, are hoping to start distributions to nearby communities soon. There has been great success with COVID-19 training at the Bira Camp in Bosnia,where 400 refugees received information on awareness and prevention.
Latin America & the Caribbean – In Guatemala, each Children’s Feeding participant received bags of food that included an educational flyer on COVID-19 prevention measures. This past week, 1,500 relief packages were assembled and delivered to church leaders for distribution to pastoral families in Nicaragua. The second phase of distributions to pastoral families took place this week in Honduras. Additionally, the team began new deliveries to the children involved in our Children’s Feeding initiative. The team aims to reach 50,000 children in the next three weeks.
Oceania – The team in Australia delivered 3,500 masks to the Novotel in Sydney, which is operating as a quarantine hotel for residents of New South Wales who are arriving from overseas. Through the connection, RVTLS Church has also served the Novotel with more than 350 food kits for staff whose hours have been significantly cut back. Free warehouse space has been provided through an existing church relationship at Forbes in rural New South Wales. Their generosity will assist with storing and distributing large quantities of goods for rural and remote areas of New South Wales.
*Includes meals distributed through Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding initiative.
July 1, 2020 | 10:15 a.m.
Springfield, Mo. Here is a report from each of our regions regarding our response to COVID-19:
Individuals served: 678,224
Meals served: 12,330,291*
Countries served: 30
Masks distributed: 228,050
Hygiene kits distributed: 14,668
WASH training participants: 37,445
Churches, organizations & operational partners: 1,042
Communities served: 728
Africa – In Ethiopia, implementing partners procured food rations for the third round of distributions that will occur in the coming weeks. Last week, church leaders in Tanzania gathered to reassess needs created in communities as a result of COVID-19 and strategize for future relief efforts. Partners in Togo will carry out another distribution of corn and rice in the coming days.
Asia Pacific – As the Philippines continues to lift restrictions, the government is focusing on specific cities where there is an increase in COVID-19 cases. June 23 was the highest increase in cases the country has seen, with 1,150 people infected. Despite the rise in cases, our in-country team continues to distribute relief supplies to families in need.
Eurasia – Agriculture initiatives were launched in all of Nepal’s project areas this week. We distributed orange and lemon saplings, as well as other agricultural supplies, in Petku, Samurai, and Kimtang.
Europe – During World Refugee Day, the Convoy of Hope Europe team had the opportunity to serve refugees at Harmanli Camp in Bulgaria during a small Community Event in their honor. Distribution continues in Greece to families in need. Additionally, relief products are being staged in Paris and distributions will last four weeks.
Latin America & the Caribbean – Distributions continue in Honduras and Guatemala to pastoral families and other vulnerable people. In Guatemala, two additional schools received take home rations. Because of strong regional partnerships, more than 3,000,000 meals have been distributed to families affected by COVID-19 in Puerto Rico.
*Includes meals distributed through Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding initiative.
June 25, 2020 | 5:35 p.m.
Springfield, Mo. Around the world, Convoy of Hope is partnering with local churches, businesses, civic groups, and health organizations to bring much-needed food and supplies to those suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our team in Europe is equipping groups across the continent with the supplies they need to make a difference in their communities. Watch this video to see the difference you’re helping them make by partnering with Convoy of Hope.
June 24, 2020 | 3:40 p.m.
Springfield, Mo. Life is not easy where Marivel and her family live. Their house in the Philippines sits next to a creek that overflows whenever the hard rain hits their community. And yet they press on, sending their kids to school and working toward a better future.
Marivel is the mother of two children, both of which are participants in Convoy of Hope’s Children's Feeding program. Last November, Marivel joined one of our Mother’s Club and began volunteering her time to serve meals at the program center.
Then COVID-19 hit, complicating her already difficult life. When their community locked down, Marivel lost her part-time job as a maid and her husband couldn’t find work as a construction mason. To feed their children, they are attempting to sell black pepper and condiments in their local market.
Fortunately, Convoy of Hope has supplied Marivel and her family with take-home rations of food. The meals they’ve received are irreplaceable during this time. With her eyes full of tears, Marivel expressed her thanks to everyone who has helped provide meals for her and her children.
“I am very grateful to Convoy of Hope because the food ration is such a big help,” she says. “I am very much grateful.”
June 19, 2020 | 11:40 a.m.
Springfield, Mo. COVID-19 has affected all of Convoy of Hope’s international programming projects in some way. However, our staff and partners around the world continue to serve people living in difficult circumstances due to disaster, humanitarian, and/or COVID-19 related situations.
As the requests and needs around the world continue to skyrocket, Convoy of Hope and our partners around the world are helping as many families and communities impacted by COVID-19 as we are able.
Africa – Kenya partners continue to distribute meals, hygiene kits, and masks to include three new locations where children were only receiving one meal a day. Because of generous donations, children are now able to receive 3 to 4 meals a day, depending on household size. Additionally, partners in Kenya provided take-home rations to two schools that will last at least three days. Tanzania partners continue to distribute hygiene kits and train individuals on the local hand washing machine.
Asia Pacific – Due to elevated numbers of COVID-19 infections, the national government in the Philippines has extended the community quarantines until June 30. Public transportation is still not fully functional. Despite these restrictions, Convoy of Hope continues to distribute relief supplies to several families in need with the blessing of the local governments.
Eurasia – Due to restrictions in place for COVID-19, travel to various districts within India and Bangladesh are very difficult and limits distribution of relief products. COVID-19 and Cyclone Amphan distributions continue throughout the region.
Europe – Supplies and groceries continue to be distributed in Madrid and to a refugee population in Athens. Several locations across the region are expecting the delivery of product soon, while others have received product and are preparing them for distribution. In Spain, Fiet Gratia continues to deliver goods to victims of human trafficking. At the end of this week, a special Community Event for a refugee population in Bulgaria will take place.
Latin America & the Caribbean – Early this week, restrictions in El Salvador that were previously hindering field activity were lifted, allowing distributions to increase. Other distributions continue across Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Oceania – Convoy of Hope Australia continues to distribute food and goods to families in need across Australia. Because of partnerships with several churches in the country, the team has been able to give out 145,000 meals to families affected by COVID-19.
June 16, 2020 | 3:30 p.m.
Springfield, Mo. Staff from all over the world are sending in pictures of Convoy of Hope's international response to COVID-19. Convoy of Hope is delivering relief to people on six continents as the pandemic and its effects continue to grow.
Thus far, Convoy of Hope has delivered more than 9 million meals in our international COVID-19 response.
To see a gallery of photos submitted by our staff and volunteers click here.
June 10, 2020 | 4:45 p.m.
Springfield, Mo. Just like in the United States, COVID-19 has hit the people of the Philippines hard. To make matters worse, a massive typhoon recently struck the islands. Watch how the Convoy of Hope team in the Philippines is reaching out and spreading hope during this difficult time.
June 8, 2020 | 4:50 p.m.
Springfield, Mo. The amazing Convoy of Hope team in Tanzania is still serving those throughout the country despite the difficulties brought on by COVID-19. They are focused on doing everything they can to protect children and community members against the effects of the virus.
In the country’s Women’s Empowerment program, the women enrolled have found a new confidence and boldness in finding ways to solve the problems they face. Training has been transformative and helped them gain the self-realization and determination they need to change for the best.
"After the training, I went home and started my own group of 10 women,” said Ana, one of the women in the program. “We made an agreement to start changing the grass-roof houses we currently have. That way, everyone will have a house covered with iron sheets and we can stop the worry we have during the rainy season.”
In addition, 62 girls were trained on COVID-19 awareness, goal setting, and menstrual hygiene. Girls were provided with hand sanitizer, face masks, and hygiene towels. Community volunteers for Girls’ Empowerment are highly engaged and motivated to bring girls to the training.
Thankfully, everyone in the Tanzania office has remained healthy. Their good work has given hope to so many during a tumultuous time. We’re thankful for everything they do.
May 26, 2020 | 11:15 a.m.
Springfield, Mo.As the coronavirus continues to affect millions, the stories of families Convoy of Hope has helped keep pouring in. We hear time and time again how hope is being restored in those who have struggled to find it during this pandemic.
In Guatemala, a farmer named Yolanda had been struggling to feed her three children for years. She had recently been accepted to Convoy of Hope’s Agriculture program — and then COVID-19 hit.
“A few weeks before I was praying and cried to the Lord with tears in my eyes that He would provide me with a new hoe and rake so that I could continue working the land during this time,” she said. “When I heard about the coronavirus outbreak, I was sad because I thought that the trainings were going to be cancelled.”
Thankfully, while practicing proper social distancing, Convoy of Hope proceeded with Yolanda’s training and equipped her with a new hoe and rake. “It has been an answer to the prayers I was making these last weeks,” she said.” Thank you so much for your help Convoy of Hope. God bless you.”
Without our faithful supporters like you, helping women like Yolanda would not be possible.
Below are our latest international updates by region:
Africa – We have distributed family kits with maize, beans, and cooking oil to more than 1,200 families in Kenya.
Asia Pacific – Convoy of Hope has already distributed more than 35,000 meals in the Philippines in response to COVID-19. Distributions to multiple areas are underway as requests continue to pour in.
Eurasia – In Bangladesh, meal kits have been provided for 1,000 families. In Nepal, 800 families were provided with food rations in coordination with the local government. In India, Convoy of Hope is distributing relief to hundreds of vulnerable people whose lives were upended by COVID-19 and who were forced into dangerous circumstances. Brought into the light by the pandemic, Convoy of Hope is also looking to equip these people with additional training to improve their lives.
Europe – The Convoy of Hope Europe team is preparing to ramp up distribution activities in the coming weeks. Plans include distributions to nearly 10,000 beneficiaries living inside some of the most vulnerable communities in Austria, Bulgaria, England, France, Greece, Moldova, Slovakia, and Spain.
Latin America & Caribbean – Convoy of Hope teams in Central America continue to provide relief to families across the region. In-country staff are preparing to serve 7,700 families in need with food support and distribute seeds to families for home gardens.
Oceania – Convoy of Hope Australia has distributed relief boxes to communities recently affected by wildfires. They are exploring partnerships with churches and organizations across much of Australia and New Zealand to serve in even more locations.
May 7, 2020 | 2:35 p.m.
Springfield, Mo.With her community and country under lockdown due to COVID-19, Andrea, a Convoy of Hope volunteer in El Salvador, was watching a massive problem unfold in her community. They were out of food.
But Convoy of Hope was able to step in and fill that need. Despite the police and military enforcing mobilization restrictions for the rest of the area, two police officers accompanied Andrea to the warehouse to pick up food for 300 families.
Later that same day, she sent pictures and a video of the food being distributed. With tears in her eyes, her words of gratitude and appreciation confirmed her story and the story of many families who are not able to work due to the quarantine.
Stories like this are all too frequent these days as Convoy of Hope responds to the growing need around the world caused by COVID-19. Thus far, Convoy has distributed nearly 2.5 million meals in 19 countries. In the countries where Convoy of Hope has regular programming, our staff is working diligently to ensure that every child we serve in our program continues to receive the essential nutrients they need.
In addition to meals, Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 86,000 face masks, 1,600 hygiene kits, and trained 15,000 people in WASH and COVID-19 awareness.
Africa – Distributions continue in our program countries as they continue to provide food for Convoy of Hope program beneficiaries, their families, and other families in need. A partner in Togo will be helping to procure and distribute dry food rations to approximately 1,750 families.
Eurasia – Work in Sri Lanka and India is ongoing. Distributions through field partners in both countries are able to continue because we have been given special access by local authorities to distribute relief supplies.
Europe – Distributions of emergency food items and medical supplies have begun in Moldova, with a plan to broaden these distributions across Europe next week. In Spain, a partnership with Fiet Gratia will soon provide emergency resources for some of the most vulnerable families in the region.
Latin America/Caribbean – Convoy of Hope’s response is underway across Central America, serving hundreds of communities with needed food relief. These communities are struggling with the economic fallout due to COVID-19. The distribution of groceries continues in Puerto Rico, serving struggling families across the island. As of May 1, we have distributed 52,431 meals.
- Oceania – Convoy of Hope Australia continues to distribute masks to hospitals, aged care facilities, front-line community services, and hotels used to quarantine overseas travelers. The Australia team is also distributing family food kits via local churches and partners in various communities affected by COVID-19.
- Africa – Distributions continue in our program countries as they continue to provide food for Convoy of Hope program beneficiaries, their families, and other families in need. A partner in Togo will be helping to procure and distribute dry food rations to approximately 1,750 families.
May 1, 2020 | 11:00 a.m.
Springfield, Mo.In some ways, those in Kenya are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic just like people are here in the United States. In other ways, it looks very different. Across the nation, there is a curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., travel between counties has been halted, and jobs are being lost at an alarming rate. Burglaries and abuse are rising rapidly.
Many people in Kenya, especially those in poorer areas, earn an income by working as day laborers. “Mentally, guys are not doing well. Many people have been laid off,” said Convoy of Hope staff member Naomi Ateng. “Most people are not able to work right now. If you look at the industries, you'll find that most shops have reduced the number of employees.”
As the situation in Kenya becomes more desperate, Convoy of Hope is maintaining our Children’s Feeding and Agriculture programs operating there, while addressing new needs generated by the pandemic. Because schools are closed, Convoy of Hope staff and local school partners are coordinating with parents and children to come to the school on a staggered basis so they can receive take-home rations.
“We're trying to ensure that by the time schools open, we don't have severe cases of malnutrition. During this time, we know many of them are surviving on maybe one meal a day,” said Ateng.
Going beyond normal programming, local partners are distributing additional meals around the country to communities suffering from COVID-19. In addition to supplying meals, soap, and disinfectants, training on proper hygiene and social distancing are being taught. Convoy of Hope staff are focusing many of these efforts in densely populated urban areas, where an outbreak of the virus would be catastrophic.
While distributing relief in one urban area, residents told staff members, “God bless you. We've heard of you. We've heard you feed the children.”
“It was very good,” said Ateng, “because it shows us that this is something that they needed.”
April 28, 2020 | 3:15 p.m.
Springfield, Mo.Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Convoy of Hope has been fielding requests for assistance from all over the world. At this time, we are focusing on addressing needs in our active program countries and the beneficiaries we already serve. With the need growing around the world, we are closely monitoring other areas and plan to expand our reach as we are able.
Convoy of Hope has already provided more than 150,000 individuals with more than 1.1 million meals in response to the outbreak. These meals have been distributed in addition to our pre-existing Children’s Feeding program, where we provide meals for more than 300,000 children at local program centers.
In addition to providing meals, Convoy of Hope has conducted training in hygiene and sanitation to nearly 14,000 individuals in an effort to help curb the spread of the disease. More than 16,000 face masks have also been distributed in communities affected by the virus.
- Africa - Several projects are underway across the continent. These projects include food and hygiene relief in Kenya, food relief for an orphanage in Togo, and food relief and sanitation and hygiene training in Tanzania.
- Eurasia - Projects are taking place in India and Sri Lanka. In India, Convoy of Hope is working through local partners to assemble and distribute family relief packs. In Sri Lanka, dry food rations will be distributed to 1,000 families.
- Europe - Convoy of Hope is initiating a plan to serve communities in Moldova, Bulgaria, Spain, France, England, and Austria with bags filled with relief supplies. This project will last several months and includes the distribution of food to vulnerable families. In Moldova, distributions of food relief through local partners to 10 small communities have already begun. Convoy of Hope partners will also distribute personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer to smaller hospitals.
- Latin America - There are three priorities of response in the Latin America region. Our first priority is to continue serving our existing program beneficiaries. Our second priority is to serve vulnerable populations (women, children, elderly, etc.) by distributing food and hygiene items. Distribution of food and supplies in Puerto Rico is already taking place.
- Oceania - As positive cases for COVID-19 continue to rise in Australia, requests for masks continue increasing as well. The Convoy of Hope Australia team is actively vetting each request and providing N-95 masks whenever possible.
Convoy of Hope would like to thank everyone who continues supporting our work around the world amidst this global pandemic. Caring for at-risk communities overseas remains one of our highest priorities during this time.
To see what Convoy of Hope is doing here in the United States, and to give to our work here at home, click here.
April 3, 2020 | 4:57 p.m.
Springfield, Mo.In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, Convoy of Hope is pressing forward with our international work. Our aim during this time is to help communities respond to the pandemic while continuing to feed, train, and equip those who are already in our programs.
What impact is COVID-19 having on Convoy of Hope’s international work? All 18 countries where Convoy of Hope has regular ongoing program activity have been affected by the pandemic. The impact has disrupted normalcy of life, resulting in school closures and a negative economic impact on families and communities.
Are children still being fed through the Children’s Feeding initiative? While the majority of children are not receiving food in schools due to closures, our teams and partners are making alternative arrangements wherever possible through local churches and other partners to ensure food is available to the children and families we serve.
What happens to Agriculture and Women’s Empowerment programs? Our teams on the ground are working hard to stay engaged with the people we serve through digital communication and phone calls. We are also in the process of creating new, innovative ways to ensure progress can still be made during events such as these.
How is COVID-19 impacting field staff? The health and safety of our field staff is a top priority for Convoy of Hope. Like in the United States, the majority of in-country staff are working from home. Only a few essential staff members are running the warehouses and continuing distributions. We're asking our field staff to lead by example in their communities and follow the guidance of their local health authorities. Please keep them in your prayers.
Businesses and companies are struggling, so how is Convoy of Hope still providing food to programs? Just like with our domestic response, we have strong relationships with suppliers that continue to provide donations of food and supplies. Additionally, we are monitoring the ability to import food and making contingency plans for local purchases as needed.
Thank you for your continued support during this time of great need. To see what Convoy of Hope is doing in the United States, click here.