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World Refugee Day

Wars, conflict and persecution have forced more people to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere than at any other time in recorded history. Today, there are 65 million refugees, more than half of whom are children. It is the greatest humanitarian crisis since WWII — and it will be the crisis that defines my generation.

Refugees are afraid, desperate, and often have nowhere to go. They’ve narrowly escaped the bombs and bullets, just to be slowly tormented on the inside by the humiliation of being chased away like criminals. Refugees are lost: physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Since the start of the crisis, Convoy of Hope has been able to help nearly 80,000 refugees with life-saving food rations, warm blankets and a message of hope in the Middle East and all along the route that refugees take to reach a safe haven. We are currently implementing an emergency-based Children’s Feeding Initiative for 350 hungry refugee children in Lebanon. This means these children can now attend school without worrying about having to try and earn a bit of money just so they can eat that day.  This might be the first time some have ever attended school. Many families have been in these refugee camps since the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011, causing this group of children to be called “the lost generation.”

Today, we celebrate the courage and strength of the 65 million displaced people around the world; it inspires us to work hard for the 30 million children who deserve their childhood.

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Children's Feeding / In The News / Program Updates

Convoy Receives Charity Navigator’s 4-Star Rating

Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities, awarded Convoy of Hope the prestigious 4-star rating for the 13th consecutive year.

“This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Convoy of Hope from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust,” says Ken Berger, president & CEO of Charity Navigator.

According to Charity Navigator, receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that an organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Less than 1% of the charities rated in America have received at least 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations.

“We’re honored to receive Charity Navigator’s highest rating,” says Hal Donaldson, president and co-founder of Convoy of Hope. “As a faith-based organization, we strive to be fiscally responsible and abide by the highest standards for our business practices.”

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In The News / News

Springfield-based Charities Earn High Marks for Financial Health, Transparency

The following is an excerpt from a story at News-Leader.com by Jackie Rehwald.

Two Springfield-based charities have earned top ratings by Charity Navigator, which bills itself as the nation’s largest independent charity evaluator.

Ozarks Food Harvest and Convoy of Hope both received four stars, the watchdog organization’s highest score.

Jeff Nene, national spokesman for Convoy of Hope, praised the organization’s high standards.

“Charity Navigator has changed and tightened up their standards in a good way through the years,” said Nene. “I think they are looking at all the right things: financial transparency, financial integrity and the big thing — that you do what you say you are going to do.”

Nene said 2015 was the 12th consecutive year Convoy of Hope earned four stars from Charity Navigator. Convoy of Hope has not yet been evaluated in 2016.

Read the full story at News-Leader.com.

 

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In The News / News
You can help Elevate the people of Nepal! You can help Elevate the people of Nepal!

5 Ways You Can Help Elevate Nepal

We’re so grateful for the amazing response of our friends around the world to bring hope to the people of Nepal. Here are 5 simple ways you can help elevate Nepal.

1. Stay Informed

Nepal is nestled between China and India, surrounded by the majestic Himalayan Mountains. Being isolated from the rest of the world, it is often overlooked and forgotten.

What many people don’t know is that Nepal is one of the poorest countries in Asia. An earthquake of this magnitude crumbled their delicate infrastructure and will hinder cultural advancement. Stay informed on our response here.

2. Share Their Story

Many have begun to show their support for Nepal survivors by posting their own creative content to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. We’ve put together a graphic to help you get you in on spreading hope using #ElevateNepal.

Click on the image below and save it to your phone. Then ask a friend to snap a picture of you showing your support.

Elevate-Nepal-Phone
Elevate Nepal Phone

You can say something like:

“The people of Nepal have lost so much in this earthquake but together we can #ElevateNepal! Get involved with @ConvoyofHope and check out fundraise.convoyofhope.org/elevatenepal”

Or if you’re a tweeter:

“Join me in helping survivors of the Nepal earthquake. Partner w/ @ConvoyofHope fundraise.convoyofhope.org/elevatenepal #ElevateNepal”

3. Donate to Convoy of Hope

Everyone can play a part in elevating Nepal. Donate what’s possible and remember even a $10 goes a long ways.

4. Pray for the Nepalese

Pray for protection and encouragement into the lives of the Nepalese and those responding to this crisis. Never underestimate the power of prayer.

5. Join Together with Friends

The elevation begins with you! Take it upon yourself to make a lasting impact on the people of Nepal.

Sign up to fundraise. Invite friends, family, and coworkers to get in on the action with personal messages. Share the graphics and the resilience of the Nepalese people. Together Nepal will rise again!

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