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  • September 4, 2020 | 11:15 a.m.

    Springfield, Mo. Convoy of Hope staff around the world continue to courageously serve the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the virus continues to affect each of us, low-income communities are experiencing the most severe fallout from the virus.

    Travel in a number of the countries where Convoy of Hope works is limited, and we are finding creative solutions to ensure that we can serve as many people as possible. Children are still being fed, women are still being trained, thousands are still learning how to grow better crops, and disaster survivors are still being helped.

    Thanks to the support you provide for our international teams, Convoy of Hope is doing incredible good in these incredibly trying times.

    • Individuals served: +1 million
    • Meals served: +18 million*
    • Number of Countries served: 31
    • Masks distributed: 237,800
    • Hygiene kits distributed: 26,902
    • WASH training participants: 64,554
    • Churches, organizations & operational partners: 1,156
    • Communities served: 826
    *Includes meals distributed through Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding initiative.

  • August 13, 2020 | 4:15 p.m.

    Springfield, Mo. Convoy of Hope’s response to COVID-19 and Tropical Storm Amanda got a boost this week by an air shipment of products delivered with the help of the U.S. Southern Command. In partnership with the U.S. Embassy of El Salvador and the People Helping People Network, Convoy’s local team was able to receive more than 60,000 lbs. of food and hygiene supplies.

    COVID-19 and its impact on the economy of El Salvador are causing food shortages across the country, hitting low-income families especially hard. Despite a strict lockdown, cases of the virus continue to climb.

    In an article published by the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador, Ambassador Ronald Johnson said, “This donation is an indication that the ties between the U.S. and El Salvador go beyond government to government relations. U.S. NGOs like Convoy of Hope and People Helping People, are also carrying out impactful work on behalf of El Salvador.”

    Relief delivered for the people of El Salvador included: rice, sugar, powdered milk, dehydrated potatoes and fruit, canned goods, instant soups, and more. The delivery of food is expected to serve nearly 30,000 people in the coming weeks.

    The value of partnership is central to Convoy of Hope’s mission to feed hungry people. By working together, tens of thousands of people are receiving help. Without your support, we wouldn’t have the food to send. Thank you for continuing to care, and give as we continue to serve the people of El Salvador.

  • August 11, 2020 | 4:50 p.m.

    Springfield, Mo. INTERNATIONAL COVID-19 RESPONSE

    • Individuals served: 802,995
    • Meals served: 16,375,909*
    • Countries served: 31
    • Masks distributed: 237,300
    • Hygiene kits distributed: 21,247
    • WASH training participants: 52,489
    • Churches, organizations & operational partners: 1,145
    • Communities served: 790

    Below is a report from each of our regions regarding our response to COVID-19:

    Africa – The closure of churches in Togo has created a crisis for local pastors whose livelihood normally comes from weekly church offerings. This week, the team in Togo distributed dry food rations to 200 pastors in the east central region. Distributions in Ethiopia to children in our strategic feeding program continue through our local partners.

    Asia Pacific – Metro Manila was placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. The government found it a necessary step to relieve exhausted frontline medical associations and to decrease cases of COVID-19.

    Eurasia – In Sri Lanka, our partners have been able to provide two weeks’ worth of food for 1,000 families. A majority of these families are headed by daily wage earners who, as a result of the lockdown, have had no means of earning money.

    Europe – Convoy of Hope Europe held distributions in Slovakia, Bulgaria, and the cities of Bilbao and Zaragoza, Spain. People in five additional Spanish cities were served through our ongoing partnership with Fiet Gratia.

    Latin America & the Caribbean – Our teams in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras are preparing to feed more than 1,700 families in the next few weeks. In addition, a cargo flight sponsored by the U.S. military will carry more than 45 pallets of product to San Salvador this Saturday. This product, in combination with more than 2,000 hygiene kits delivered by United Airlines, will help us serve hundreds more families affected by the pandemic in El Salvador.

    Oceania – Convoy of Hope Australia continues to supply masks to people around the country. There has recently been a large uptake in mask requests from the state of Victoria, which is experiencing a strict lockdown and requiring masks to be worn for the next six weeks.

    *Includes meals distributed through Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding initiative.

  • July 29, 2020 | 2:15 p.m.

    Springfield, Mo. Our team in the Philippines has been working relentlessly to make sure those across the islands are cared for during the COVID-19 pandemic. They created the video posted here to share the good work they’ve been doing during these trying last few months.

    INTERNATIONAL COVID-19 RESPONSE STATS

    • Individuals served: 742,667
    • Meals served: 14,305,024*
    • Countries served: 31
    • Masks distributed: 235,160
    • Hygiene kits distributed: 20,897
    • WASH training participants: 48,985
    • Churches, organizations & operational partners (to date): 1,120
    • Communities served: 805
    • Below is a report from each of our regions regarding our response to COVID-19:

      Africa – Distributions of food and hygiene kits continue in Togo and Kenya. The team in Tanzania was busy this week providing COVID-19 awareness and WASH training to new participants in our Women’s Empowerment and Agriculture programs, as well community leaders from various sectors. The team also purchased two thermal scanners for a local college.

      Asia Pacific – Several Convoy of Hope program centers in Bicol and Mindoro are piloting a community kitchen approach that will cater to elementary schools and daycare centers. This is a creative way to feed children despite schools being shut down.

      Eurasia – Lockdowns in Nepal have been eased, but domestic travel from district to district remains banned until the middle of August. Projects in Nepal will slowly begin again in accordance with government restrictions and suggested safety measures.

      Latin America & the Caribbean – The COVID-19 response in El Salvador decreases as government restrictions are lifted and the team is able to reinstate regular Children’s Feeding program activity. Vitamin and hygiene kits have been delivered to many communities in Honduras. Because of the closure of schools, Children’s Feeding participants in Guatemala are receiving regular take-home rations. The team in Nicaragua continues to distribute emergency food rations. In Puerto Rico, an amazing partnership with a local food bank will provide at least another month’s worth of food to distribute. These distributions will continue along with Convoy of Hope’s drought response in the region.

      Oceania – Distributions continue across communities in the region.

      *Includes meals distributed through Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding initiative.

    • July 20, 2020 | 4:45 p.m.

      Springfield, Mo. Convoy of Hope began working in El Salvador in 1998 after Hurricane Mitch devastated the country. While continuing to aid affected Central American countries in the wake of recurring natural disasters, Convoy of Hope launched the Children’s Feeding initiative in El Salvador in 2007. We’ve been spreading hope there ever since.

      Despite the hardships brought on by COVID-19, Convoy of Hope is committed to feeding the children and families in our Children’s Feeding program. Each of these 300,000 lives are important, and we want to make sure they are well-fed with bright futures ahead of them. Much thought goes into the types of food we send to each country. We also value the feedback we get from each program, since it helps us know what kinds of food we should send to each location.

      “Out of the soup mix that is donated, our beneficiaries prepare different recipes,” says Winny Menéndez, National Director for Convoy of Hope El Salvador. “If they do not have many ingredients to work with, they only add water. But they also prepare it with herbs we use for cooking, such as chipilin or mora, or they add chicken. The children love it!”

      Another favorite ingredient in our El Salvador program are dried peaches. This versatile ingredient is blended and used in drinks, jams, cooked in a regional dish called "dulce de panela," or just eaten as-is. “This is very helpful for them because they can't afford to offer a drink along with the meal, so the dried peach adds a great value to the meal and children really enjoy it,” says Winny.

      Convoy of Hope’s commitment to the children of El Salvador is unwavering. Thank you for helping us continue to feed these amazing kids.

    • July 15, 2020 | 2:15 p.m.

      Springfield, Mo. Teressa and her husband were street food vendors who used to go out and sell from their cart everyday. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Philippines, they lost their only livelihood and are now uncertain if and when they can get back to work.

      That doesn’t mean Teressa isn’t finding solutions. She currently sews facemasks to provide for their daily needs. It helps them get by, but they still struggle to put food on the table. That’s why they were overjoyed when they received supplies from Convoy of Hope. The very day they received food was the day they had run out of rice. 

      Stories like this one continue to pour in from all around the world. Convoy of Hope is thankful for the support of our donors and partners. Without them, we couldn’t keep helping people like Teressa.

      Below are our latest international updates by region: 

      Africa – Tanzania hosted a training event for 158 educational leaders over the weekend that covered COVID-19 and WASH. Togo continues to distribute food and hygiene kits, recently distributing meals to more than 500 individuals in eight different communities. The Convoy of Hope Kenya team recently distributed food and hygiene kits to 60 individuals and take-home rations through local schools.

      Eurasia – Emergency distributions of take-home rations and hot meals continue in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

      Latin America & the Caribbean – A donated commercial cargo flight will provide more than 2,000 hygiene kits to El Salvador this week. Our teams in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras are finishing up the third month of distributions for pastors and community leaders who have been affected by the virus.

      Oceania – Utilizing the partnership of Novotel, 1,000 food kits will be distributed to employees of all other Novotels within the state of New South Wales that have experienced a reduction in hours. The relief supplies will also be given to families who are in a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

    • 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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

    • 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.

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      “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. 

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