Children’s Feeding: More Than Just a Full Belly

Tanzania is one of the many places where Convoy of Hope is changing lives. Children at multiple primary schools eat meals every school day thanks to your generosity. We recently saw how your partnership is making a difference.

Founded by Pastor Glorious Shoo, Fountain of Hope Primary School has more than 300 students, and 70% of them are either living in poverty or are orphaned. Pastor Shoo said he started the school because he felt called to love children through education. But to truly help them, he needed resources and food that he didn’t have.

After partnering with Convoy of Hope, students at the school are now fed every day the doors are open.

“We thank God for the heart you have … we are really enjoying the manna packs you have for us,” said Pastor Shoo. “You are good, and we are blessed for what you have done for us.”

Each of the containers Convoy of Hope sends contains food like fortified rice, manna, and different kinds of bread for the children to eat. Two of the shipping containers are already empty, and the third is almost finished. The school is planning on turning the containers themselves into libraries.

“This manna pack is just good, and all of us like it,” said Vera, one of the 300 students at Fountain of Hope. She shared that, to her, the manna packs were more than just a full belly. She said they changed her life and the lives of her entire family.

Fountain of Hope is only one of the many schools that Convoy of Hope partners with in Tanzania. This work is multiplied all over the country through the generosity of our network of supporters and partners. Because of the work being done today in the lives of children, the future of the communities we serve is bright. 

To join our efforts and provide help where it is needed most, click here.

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Children's Feeding

Daytona 500 & NASCAR Fans Go the Distance to Deliver Help

After the Daytona 500, NASCAR fans and other community members teamed up with Convoy of Hope to help serve the Daytona Beach area. Although the weather that day was dreary and unseasonably cold, the occasion was quite the opposite. 

The drive-thru distribution event provided groceries, socks, and other necessities to those affected by the pandemic or who found themselves in need of a little extra help and hope to get by. The NASCAR Foundation, Joey Logano Foundation, and Convoy Nation all worked together to make a difference in the community.

As a result of this event, more than 2,800 bags of groceries, 3,500 pairs of socks, and 120 cases of water were given out to more than 700 families. 

“Thank you so much for doing this,” Guest of Honor Eva Benitez said. She and her four children came to the event after she saw an Instagram post promising groceries and other necessities. Her husband, a construction worker, is the family’s sole provider but has been struggling to find consistent work. Thankfully, the Benitez family found the help that they needed at the event. “It helps. Thank you.”

“We are proud to host this food distribution event immediately following the Daytona 500,” Nichole Krieger, Executive Director of The NASCAR Foundation said. “We have been a proud partner alongside the Joey Logano Foundation and Convoy of Hope since the pandemic began to bring more than 180,000 pounds of food and supplies to 4,000 families in our racing communities in need. We couldn’t be happier to work with ONE DAYTONA and Daytona International Speedway to reach the local community right here in our hometown of Daytona Beach.”

“Convoy of Hope … has put a big shining light on a lot of people’s faces that need it right now. We just want to say thank you,” said Michael from the Joey Logano Foundation. “This has been an amazing event so far.” 

“Bringing something like this — where we can give back and give to our community, give to the folks that are here — really does go a long way to help,” Krieger concluded. “Thank you to Joey Logano Foundation and Convoy of Hope. This is the fifth time that we’ve done an event with them. They’re just great partners to work with and we’re thrilled to be able to do this.”

The event was an extension of Convoy Nation, one of our innovative initiatives. Convoy Nation works in the entertainment, entrepreneurial, and sports worlds to bring kindness and help to families who need it most.

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With Consistent Nourishment, Omar Realizes His Passions

“This place has changed my life in a lot of ways,” Omar said.

Since he was 3 years old, Omar has relied on one of Convoy of Hope’s program centers in Honduras to sustain him. Now 15, he has started pursuing a life outside the cycle of hopelessness.

“The food that we get here is different than what we get at home. Sometimes I don’t have food at home, but I know I will get food here,” Omar said.

Unfortunately, food insecurity was only one of the hurdles Omar had to overcome in his childhood. “My mom died when I was 6 years old, and my dad left. I was raised by my siblings,” he said. 

Despite the hardships he’s faced, Omar enjoys math and drawing. One day, he hopes to combine his passions and pursue a career as an architect. When he isn’t working on freelance projects, Omar remains devoted to furthering his education. “I’m just about to start at a technical school where I can study finance because I like math too.”

Ana Victoria, the director of the program center that Omar attends, takes pride in how nutritious the food is that Convoy of Hope provides. 

“The kids don’t normally get sick here,” Ana Victoria said. “We have very strong kids with a lot of energy.”

Omar’s program center serves 30 other kids. While there, they receive the nutrition they need to stay healthy, grow, and continue having hope.

To join us in changing lives and promoting healthy communities free from poverty and hunger, click here.

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