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Head teacher Twati Mollel shows organic tomatoes growing in a greenhouse at his school near Arusha, Tanzania. Profit from the produce will feed students for years to come Head teacher Twati Mollel shows organic tomatoes growing in a greenhouse at his school near Arusha, Tanzania. Profit from the produce will feed students for years to come

10 tons of tomatoes grown in Tanzania increase sustainability

 

As the Tanzanian government increases its requirements for nonprofits, Convoy of Hope’s method of capacity building through nutrition programs has emerged as a leading model

For three days in December, high-ranking officials came from three government ministries to inspect Convoy of Hope’s programs. The delegation visited Ngaramtoni Primary School near Arusha, where Convoy has a feeding program.

What impressed the officials was the execution of Convoy’s plan in equipping the school to become self-sustaining, which enables the organization to move on and do the same with other schools.

Since Convoy entered Ngaramtoni in 2014, they’ve held community meetings, helped identify income generating opportunities, addressed hygiene and sanitation issues, empowered mothers to do business and taught students gardening techniques. The school is now poised to harvest and sell more than 10 metric tons of tomatoes per year, which will fund the lunch program in the future.

The officials asked Convoy of Hope to expand into other schools, and they marveled at how the organization invests in building capacity in the community.
“Where have you been all along!?” exclaimed one government official.

In fact, Convoy has received accolades from district government in recent years, and its development work has been featured on the evening news. Recognition from the national government, however, is new.

Michael Mlonga, who leads Convoy of Hope Tanzania, was summoned to Tanzania’s capital two weeks after the visit to present and train government officials on Convoy of Hope’s innovative model. “This is the new standard to which we want to uphold other NGOs involved in school-based feeding programs,” an official told Mlonga.

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Agriculture / In the News / Inspiration / News / Program Updates

Four easy ways to be more prepared

Being prepared for a disaster is important, but oftentimes it can seem overwhelming. Insurance information is complicated, buying supplies for a full-fledged emergency kit can become expensive and frankly the thought of what would happen if you face a disaster can be mentally and emotionally draining. These are still important steps to take over time, but you can start small with these easy tips and become more prepared:

1. Download your local news station’s news or weather app.

If a disaster is on it’s way, you will want to know sooner rather than later. Your local news station should have an app that you can download. When you do, make sure to turn on push notifications. Doing so will mean you will get notified of important news and weather events like a disaster headed to your area.

2. Determine the safest part of your house (or your neighbors’).

If a disaster calls for evacuation, it’s important that you do so. However, if you are not told to evacuate, you should determine the safest part of your home. During most severe storms you want to be indoors, as low and as far from windows as possible — basements, first floor bathrooms, etc. If you live in an apartment building and do not live on the ground floor, consider making friends with those below you. In the case of a severe storm you may ask if you can take shelter with them.

3. Collect the basics

You can find a list for what to include in a full-fledged emergency kit at ready.gov and we encourage you to start collecting these items. However, it’s a long list and you may not be able to afford everything all in one shopping trip. So start with the basics:

  • Battery powered flashlight
  • External battery charger for your cell phone
  • Bottled water
  • Important family documents

4. Save both personal and professional emergency numbers in your phone. 

If a disaster does happen, it’s important to know who to call for help. Make sure you have these phone numbers saved in your phone:

  • Each member of your household
  • At least one out-of-town friend or family member that may be better able to reach family members in an emergency.
  • FEMA: 800-621-FEMA (3362)
  • Emergency services — Police and Fire Department
  • Utilities
  • Medical providers
  • Veterinarians
  • Insurance companies

Always remember that if you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1. You should also mark at least one friend or family member as “ICE” in your phone’s contacts, which stands for In Case of Emergency.  This will help emergency responders know who to contact on your behalf if there is a need.

You can learn more about how Convoy of Hope prepares for and responds to disasters in the video below and at convoyofhope.org/ds.

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Inspiration

Good vs. Great: Students supporting feedONE

feedONE Collegiate Coordinator Tom Trask and his wife, Missi, have served as the University of Missouri Chi Alpha Directors for 13 years. They have spent half of that time advocating for feedONE, by empowering their students in acts of compassion, generosity and kindness.

When the group took on feedONE as their philanthropy partner nearly six years ago, they wanted to find something that reached beyond their own campus.

GOOD VERSUS GREAT

“I want them to understand good versus great,” Trask says. “This is not something that is good—it’s something that is great.”

In their first year as a feedONE partner, the University of Missouri Chi Alpha chapter raised a little more than $1,400. This past November, the students raised more than $40,000 during their annual feedONE month.

The students participated in creative and competitive fundraising as a way to raise support for children in the feedONE program. One small group set up a car bash, while other students held bake sales, threw special dinners, played in dodgeball tournaments and performed music.

In March, a group of students volunteered at the Convoy of Hope World Distribution Center, bagging hygiene kits and more than 5,000 meals.

“The difference it has made in the heart of our students — when they see a need, they step up,” Trask says.

FEEDING THE FUTURE 

Tom and Missi continue to instill a passion for feedONE and encourage a life of compassion for students on the University of Missouri campus. They are not only changing the lives of the children in feedONE, but also the lives of students and future leaders.

As they continue to make an impact at the University of Missouri, Tom and Missi look forward to other universities and schools partnering with feedONE.

“Just to watch the compassion grow, it’s contagious,” Trask says. “It’s contagious to inspire each other to greater things.”

feedONE and Convoy of Hope are proud to partner with students and leaders, like Tom and Missi, who actively demonstrate their compassion and kindness for children across the world. Find out how to get involved on your campus today at feedone.com/campus.

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Advocacy / Children's Feeding / Inspiration / Join the Convoy / Volunteering

An Open Letter to Our Generous Friends and Supporters

Friends,

It’s been an incredibly busy year for not only Convoy of Hope, but the entire world. We just want to take the time to thank everyone who donated to help us in our mission to feed the world.

A very special thanks to those who donated and kept donating with each need that arose. It was a particularly busy year for disasters, as one after another affected different areas of the world in such a short period of time. But you, our supporters, were there to help —donating faithfully to help those who needed it most.

With your help, we were able to serve millions of people throughout the world! That hope was so critical to so many. Thank you for taking the time to help others and donating whatever you could to help. Thank you also to those who could not donate, but helped us spread our message of hope. Every gift and act of kindness makes a difference!

We appreciate your partnership and hope you will join us to serve even more people in 2018.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Convoy of Hope

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Inspiration / Join the Convoy

Bradley Pinion Nominated for 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

Friend of Convoy of Hope, Bradley Pinion, has been named the San Francisco 49ers nominee for the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Along with the award, United Way Worldwide, the National Football League Foundation and Nationwide are donating $50,000 to the charity of choice for each team’s nominee. Pinon has chosen Convoy of Hope as his recipient for the donation.

As part of the award celebration, each nominee is participating in a social media charity challenge. The nominee whose competition hashtag is used the most will receive an extra $25,000 for their charity. To help Pinion raise an extra $25,000 for Convoy of Hope, use the hashtag #WPMOYChallengePinion.

Pinion has been a great supporter of Convoy of Hope this year. He acted as an advocate for our disaster relief work during the especially active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. He also recently represented Convoy of Hope on his cleats in celebration of the My Cause, My Cleats weekend. We’re also excited to, once again, have Pinon help us serve Bay Area Guests of Honor this week at our Community Event with the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.

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