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Transforming the World Because of Your Kindness

In 2016, we saw firsthand that kindness does change everything!

Thanks to you — our loyal friends and generous corporate and ministry partners — we served a record number of people in 2016. We also saw more donated product come in and be distributed through our supply chain than ever before. There were other significant milestones too — including more than 80 million people served since we were founded in 1994.

All of these accomplishments can be traced back to your trust, kindness and partnership.

As a child, my family relied on the kindness of friends and strangers. I can recall days when our shoes had gaping holes in the soles and our cupboards were bare. But what I remember even more were the days when someone would come by with a bag of groceries or a new pair of shoes — just in the nick of time.

I also remember taking part in a program that enabled children, from families like mine, to attend a San Francisco 49ers game. Fast forward 40 some years. Last December, we partnered with the 49ers and their players at Levi’s Stadium to bring much-needed provisions and hope to impoverished families.

As you can see, Convoy of Hope has been — and will continue to be — on the frontlines charging into disparity, hunger, poverty and suffering with the light of kindness, help and hope.

We believe that with your partnership, when the world is the darkest, we can all shine the brightest. Thank you for the trust, financial support, prayers, partnership and for being determined to transform our world with kindness.

God bless you,

Hal Donaldson

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From The Founders

Life Fights for Life

A scientist placed a plant in a room with no light. He was experimenting how long it would take for the plant to die from lack of sunlight. As the days passed, the petals wilted and turned brown. The plant struggled to live.

As he left for a trip, the scientist accidentally brushed the curtain by the door, which let a sliver of light into the room.

When he returned from his trip expecting to see the plant dead, he was astounded to see that the plant’s branches were stretching toward the thin beam of light that shone through the curtains. That tiny bit of light sustained the plant, even in surrounding darkness.

Every time I think of that story, I’m energized. To think that new life and new growth can form in just a tiny amount of light; that renewal and regeneration come from a single beam…especially now, as we’re surrounded by light with the spring season upon us.

This time of year is a favorite for many because the cycle of new life pushing its way out of the soil presents itself as a metaphor for our own lives. It’s as if we are all afforded fresh, new opportunities.

Just like the opportunities you, as a friend to Convoy of Hope, provide to women all over the world that enable them to grow crops and provide for their families. Through your partnership, we’ve been able to educate and train more than 5,500 women and girls in six countries around the world — 3,091 of those women were given seed capital to start their businesses.

Women who could not give their children food before are now running successful businesses, building their own homes and sending their children to school — things they never expected to be able to do.

Thank you for helping us give women a better life for their families — for being that sliver of light to a wilting plant.

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From The Founders / Inspiration

Family: The Tie That Binds

When I was nine, my father was killed and my mother debilitated when a drunken driver slid across the divide and crashed into their car head on. For several months, my mother lay in the hospital fighting for her life. I was scared about where my siblings and I would end up. My older brothers Hal and Steve and my sister Susan were seemingly all I had, and I wondered if we would be able to stay together, or be separated and sent to live with relatives and friends. After all, who would take in four children between the ages of six and twelve?

The Davis family stepped up and took in all four of us. They had a small trailer and two children of their own, but the eight of us became bound together. I was so grateful to have that feeling of a close-knit family.

That’s the way we look at things at Convoy of Hope too: like a close-knit family. We want to be the common bond that ties together our friends who give and our friends who receive. We want to be like the Davises to every person we come in contact with, no matter which side of the equation they’re on.

We’ve served more than 70 million people since 1994, but there’s no way we could’ve done that without our faithful partners who continually give their time through volunteering, and their resources through gifts and donations.

Together, we’ve provided shoes, flu shots, food, medical screenings, Bibles, water, medicine, education and training, and even power washers to those in need.

Thank you for being a part of our family: for trusting us with your gift, so we can continue to be that bond — just like the Davises.

On behalf of Convoy of Hope and the more than 70 million others, we appreciate you.

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From The Founders

Gather: Together We Do More

This Christmas, families with gather around tables, trees and fires. They’ll share memories of Christmases past, open gifts, eat meals, enjoy each other’s company, worship and look toward the New Year.

Since Convoy of Hope was founded more than 20 years ago, we’ve seen the power of gathering — even during some of history’s darkest days.

After Hurricane Katrina obliterated portions of the Gulf Coast, I saw our teams gather with families as they picked through the remains of their homes. On the evening of January 12, 2010, our teams gathered to launch a massive response that would best help the people of Haiti as news of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake spread. Recently, I sat at a lunch table in Ethiopia that was filled with wide-eyed schoolchildren who ate bowlfuls of nutritious food provided by Convoy of Hope.

When we gather together, incredible things happen.

Together, we turn disasters into opportunities to feed more children, build homes for the homeless and help communities get back on their feet. Together, we give hope and a hand up to working poor families in the United States. Together, we give impoverished mothers and fathers the tools and training to provide incomes that transform the futures of their families. Together, we put shoes on the shoeless and food into the mouths of the hungry.

Thanks to you, we’ve helped more than 70 million people.

Thanks for partnering with us this year! I look forward to what we’ll do together next year in the States and around the world.

God bless you for gathering with us to help those who are impoverished and hurting.

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From The Founders
Children in Ethiopia after they have been served lunch. Children in Ethiopia after they have been served lunch.

A lesson from the poor

I’m always inspired by what the impoverished can teach us. They can teach us so much, like being grateful.

The line was especially long at Costco as my wife and I joined the throng of shopping carts overflowing with groceries stacked like mountainous peaks.  We could hear a growing chorus of fellow shoppers complaining because the pace of the checkers did not meet their expectations.

I couldn’t help but contrast that moment from just a few days earlier when I had watched hungry children from the Kenya’s Mathare Valley slums joyfully waiting for a bowl of soup. I can assure you they did not complain if their soup did not arrive quickly.

The poor can teach us the simplest things. There are countless times I’ve been fortunate enough to witness many instances just like the one in the Mathare Valley. The poor are humble and grateful that we are working tirelessly to bring them a healthy meal. You can see it in children’s faces as they hold up an empty bowl to be filled with food. Whether they are in the Philippines, Central America or Haiti where we’re feeding thousands, it’s important to keep in mind the lessons these incredible individuals can teach us.

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From The Founders / Program Updates