Here at Convoy of Hope, we take financial accountability and transparency very seriously. To that we end, we work tirelessly to ensure we meet and exceed the best practices of our industry. Every year since 2002, Convoy of Hope has received the highest possible rating from industry watchdog, Charity Navigator.
Currently, 90 percent of every dollar raised by Convoy of Hope goes directly to programming. The remaining 10 percent covers our administrative and fundraising costs. Convoy of Hope’s commitment to keeping our overhead low demonstrates our determination to efficiently deliver help and hope to people in need.
Convoy of Hope’s profile on Charity Navigator can be found here.
Since 1994, Convoy of Hope has never wavered in its passion to serve the poor and suffering around the world. Our goal has always been to serve those in need while maintaining their dignity and value — never to boost our numbers.
That said, crossing the 100 million served milestone is something to be celebrated! We are forever grateful to you, our ever-growing circle of supporters, for the commitment you have made to those in need of hope. From survivors of disasters, to children who receive a hot meal at school, to women and farmers who can now provide for their families, and hurting people around the United States … the relief you’ve made possible has touched more than 100 million lives.
Each year, Convoy of Hope hands out thousands Gardens in a Bag at Community Events across the U.S. Each Garden in a Bag includes Baker Creek seeds, helpful tips and endless possibilities for Guests of Honor to start growing their own food, regardless the amount of land they have.
One way to start growing vegetables in a small space and on a small budget is vertical wall planting. Learn how to make a hanging basket out of a two-liter soda bottle below!
What you’ll need:
two-liter soda bottle
Cut around the body of the soda bottle until it is in two parts. Poke 2-4 holes in the bottom of the bottle for drainage and poke two holes in the sides to tie string to.
Fill the bottom half of the bottle with potting soil.
With your finger, dig a small hole in the soil. Place 2-5 seeds in the hole and then fill in the hole, overing the seeds with soil.
Helpful Tip: Planting multiple seeds in one spot, helps maximize the chance of sprouting.
Cut a long piece of string and tie each end to the holes that were cut in the side of the bottle.
Hang up your new hanging basket where it will get plenty of sunlight. Make sure to read the instructions on the back of the seed packet to know how much sun and water the plant will need.
Keys for first completely rebuilt home in Puerto Rico presented to homeowner.
Joany has lived through many hurricanes, but Maria was one of the worst — destroying many homes in the Puerto Rican village of Villa Esperanza, including Joany’s. From a friend’s home in another village, Joany could see everything being blown away at home.
“It was a really crazy experience, because coming back and not having anything and seeing everything destroyed, you feel like you have nothing else to hold onto,” Joany says.
Convoy of Hope arrived in Puerto Rico just days after Hurricane Maria struck the island and began distributing relief supplies to families in need. As the response transitioned from meeting immediate needs to longterm relief, Convoy began helping repair and rebuild homes destroyed by the storm.
Groups from all over the U.S. came to Puerto Rico in partnership with Convoy as Field Teams. The teams helped in the rebuilding houses around Villa Esperanza — from laying the foundation to the final coat of paint.
Joany’s house was the first of many to be completed in that area. As the Convoy team handed Joany the keys to her new home she was overcome with happiness.
“I started to cry,” says Joany of the moment she received the keys to her new home. “But I was crying happy tears, because I have a house.”
The continued support of people like you makes these moments of hope possible. For Joany and many others in Puerto Rico, home is where the hope is.