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Hope takes teamwork: Drew Brees teams up with Convoy of Hope

More than seven years ago Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans devastated as more than 80 percent of the city went underwater. Many residents wondered where they could find hope in the midst of such adversity. Hope came from an unexpected place.

Following a season of playing all of their games on the road in 2005, the New Orleans Saints began a years-long quest which would eventually culminate in them becoming Super Bowl Champions in 2009. The victory meant more to the city than just a trophy, it was a sign that New Orleans had bounced back. Hope was renewed.

During the long march to the Super Bowl, Drew Brees, the Saints’ Super Bowl MVP quarterback and his teammates, carried the weight of the city on their shoulders and inspired countless fans. Convoy of Hope has partnered with Drew to bring help and hope to the shores of New York and New Jersey, which suffered catastrophic damage after Hurricane Sandy made landfall last fall.

To raise awareness for Hurricane Sandy relief we’re giving away four footballs that Drew autographed while he was with us filming our commercial to run on all domestic American Airlines flights in August.

Convoy of Hope is thankful to be serving with Drew and the Brees Dream Foundation as we continue our campaign to restore homes, lives and hope to our friends on the East Coast.

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Thanks to the Convoy of Hope program, this woman now runs a catering business. She was making injera, the local bread, to sell to restaurants and hotels. Thanks to the Convoy of Hope program, this woman now runs a catering business. She was making injera, the local bread, to sell to restaurants and hotels.

Women’s Empowerment Program in 417 Magazine

The current issue of one of Missouri’s premier magazines includes a feature about our women’s empowerment program in Ethiopia. Below is a short excerpt, but the entire story and several great photos of the program can be seen at 417Magazine.com.

This simple plan of educating women, training them for a vocation and helping them get started originally had a goal of graduating 96 women. To date, the program has graduated more than 1,200. Women who were making $11 a month are now making $300. Inspired by the success, Convoy has expanded the program, taking it to Tanzania and eventually El Salvador. After the initial grant for the program ran out, Convoy decided to fund the program and make it its own department.

To Edson, these are not facts and figures that point to the greatness of Convoy; rather, it’s about the women …

See the rest.

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In the News / Program Updates / Women's Empowerment

Half of Molokai participates in Convoy of Hope Community Outreach

The following is an excerpt from  story about our recent community outreach in Molokai, Hi., by themolokainews.com

Almost half of Molokai’s estimated population of 7,200 people came out to Kaunakakai Ballfield Saturday evening to take part in Convoy of Hope Hawaii’s event.

Convoy of Hope Hawaii, a faith-based organization, called the event the “Day of Compassion.” Unlike anything that has come to Molokai before, this impressive organizational effort involved 563 volunteers, 12 churches (most of the churches on Molokai) and financial support from numerous individuals and companies.

As residents were funneled into the ball field  volunteers handed out wristbands for specific services, tickets for groceries and information sheets. According to Convoy of Hope, this is what was distributed: 1,200 pairs of children’s shoes, 175 family portraits, 185 haircuts.

An estimated 2,546 guests came to receive free food and/or services. More than 5,000 bags of groceries were distributed. A total of 1,456 guests prayed and received encouragement. A free lunch of stew was also available. Guests also enjoyed musical entertainment, a “Kids Zone,” community services, health services and prayer.

Visit themolokainews.com for the rest of the story and more photos from what was a historical day for Molokai and Convoy of Hope.

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Community Outreach / In the News / Program Updates

Our recent community outreach in Kansas City, Mo., drew positive attention from local news. Watch this feature from Kansas City’s Fox News 4.

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Community Outreach / In the News
Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers hauls tornado debris in Moore, Okla. with Convoy of Hope. Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers hauls tornado debris in Moore, Okla. with Convoy of Hope.

Working hard, bringing hope

After an E-F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013, thousands of individuals began reaching out through social media, by phone, on our website and through email. It was immediately clear that there would be massive needs and an equally massive desire to help. One such message came from the Jonas Brothers who have been partnering with Convoy of Hope since 2009.

Recording artist Joe Jonas arrived in Moore just a few days after the tornado struck, wearing his Convoy of Hope volunteer t-shirt and ready to help. His first few minutes in the field included a live interview with CNN. “Right after we’re done I’m going to be helping clean up with Convoy,” he said to CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin. “I’m looking forward to be working with some of the people there.”

The people Jonas went to work with were a group of about 50 volunteers that over the next two days cleared many homes of debris left by the tornado. Other than the brief moment to snap a picture with a survivor who recognized him, Jonas and crew stayed busy hauling downed trees, destroyed fences and twisted sheet metal out of one yard after the next. On his second day of volunteering, one volunteer leaned over to Joe and with a kind smirk said, “you’re probably the only celebrity spending Memorial Day weekend in work gloves pushing a wheelbarrow.” To that, Jonas smiled then blended back in to the sea of blue shirts working hard to bring hope to the people of Moore.

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In the News / Volunteering