Convoy of Hope’s Supply Chain Delivers Help and Hope

There are many moving parts required for a successful disaster response. Some of those are familiar: the tractor-trailers with Convoy of Hope’s logo on the side, the friendly faces of the people passing out supplies, the people standing in front of a camera to deliver news about what we are doing around the world. But there are many others who work behind the scenes, such as Convoy of Hope’s Supply Chain team. 

“Some people want to be the one that’s actually out front passing out the water. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s needed,” Erick Meiers, Vice President of Supply Chain, states. “But if you’re on this side of the Supply Chain, you’ve got to be comfortable with pulling that product, counting that product, loading that product, and doing it again.” 

Supply Chain is responsible for sourcing, transporting, and delivering products to those in need. Erick usually stays out of the limelight. For him, applying his talents behind the scenes to help others is a calling that might as well be tailor made. 

Without people like Erick and the Supply Chain team, Convoy of Hope couldn’t have helped those affected by COVID-19. Erick’s team procured, stored, and distributed record-breaking quantities of product in 2020, and he encouraged his team to take heart despite the precarious circumstances. Although staying home and putting their work on pause was not an option, Erick saw this time as a chance for his team to face the challenge head on while maintaining a smart, safe approach to their work. 

“We knew from the very beginning that it wasn’t time to lay down. And we have a team that, when they’re asked to perform, they do. In the very beginning we said, ‘Alright, let’s be smart. Let’s be eating lunches by ourselves. When you’re talking to somebody, talk to them, but let’s use good precautionary measures because all of us need to stay healthy.’ That was a critical piece,” Erick explains. 

Erick stated that he is particularly excited for Convoy of Hope to complete our new distribution center, where the Supply Chain team can store even more product and expand our capacity to help others. 

Thanks to people like Erick Meier and the Supply Chain team working behind the scenes, Convoy of Hope is able to continue providing help and hope to those in need. 

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International Day of The Girl

Convoy of Hope is celebrating International Day of the Girl, a day that acknowledges the challenges girls face and defends their rights.

Supporting girls is central to Convoy of Hope’s work to end poverty and hunger. We believe in strengthening young women like Oriana in Burkina Faso. Someday, she and millions of girls will change their communities, countries, and our world for the better. 

Oriana’s sweet, shy smile lights up when she talks about her classes. “I like science best. I find it easy. But I like to study anything. Being in school makes me so happy.”

Oriana knows she is fortunate to attend school. Her parents, like many other adults in Burkina Faso, are farmers. Their livelihoods are dependent on the fickle West African weather. During the rainy season, storms can wash away seeds and knock down crops. In the dry season, a hot wind blows from the Sahara. Food security is tenuous, and families often worry about where their next meal will come from.

Thanks to Convoy of Hope and our partners in Burkina Faso, Oriana doesn’t have to worry about whether or not she will eat during difficult times. Rain or shine, she knows she’ll receive a meal at school.

Thank you for being part of Oriana’s solution. Because of partners like you, we’re helping vulnerable children like her become everything they were born to be.

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In the midst of COVID-19, Volunteers are vital

In a world where everything feels unpredictable, Convoy of Hope has been overwhelmed with the commitment of our volunteers, who work behind the scenes and help us complete hundreds of projects. Volunteering looks different right now (everyone is in masks and socially distanced), but 50 to 100 volunteers still regularly show up at Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center every Tuesday night to give their time at Hands of Hope. 

Thanks to the hundreds of Hands of Hope volunteers in Springfield, Missouri — the hometown of Convoy of Hope’s headquarters — we’ve been able to complete projects that help all our program areas. Just recently, Hands of Hope volunteers unloaded an entire tractor-trailer by hand, repalletized more than 2,000 cases of drinks that shifted during transit, quality-control checked and palletized 1,200 hygiene and 97 baby care kits, and readied more than 18,000 protein shakes. 

That’s a lot of product that is now ready to go out from our distribution center and into the hands of those who need it. And it’s just one example of one night of volunteering! 

Before COVID-19, we would have twice as many volunteers come to a Hands of Hope event. However, to keep our volunteers and staff safe, we’ve limited the number of volunteers who can participate each week. Numbers may have changed, but the work and the dedication of our volunteers hasn’t.

Thank you to all our volunteers serving with us during this difficult season. We could not do the work we do each and every day without your time and support.

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