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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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Advocacy / Community Outreach / Inspiration / Join The Convoy / Program Updates

World Humanitarian Day

According to the United Nations, “World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises all over the world.”

Did you know?

  • International humanitarian assistance increased for the third consecutive year, reaching a record high of $28 billion in 2015. In 2016, it amounted for $27.2 billion.
  • In 2015, 287 aid workers were victims of major attacks: 109 killed, 110 wounded and 68 kidnapped.
  • A recent report by the World Health Organisation indicates that between 2014 and 2015, approximately a thousand people died as a result of attacks on medical facilities and workers in 19 countries.

Convoy of Hope’s Humanitarian Affairs team is tasked with monitoring and researching crises around the world, creating a response plan and implementing programs to assist people suffering as a result of those tragedies.

We asked the team what it means to be a humanitarian. This is what they said.

Working to advocate for humanitarianism is a very rewarding, yet overwhelming task. While providing relief and help to many in need, the experience of their poor conditions, the sense of suffering, the realization of what they have lost and the reality of their lack of safety weighs on me and compels me to keep working hard to do our part to bring that much-needed hope. — Tamar

Being part of Convoy’s humanitarian affairs team is humbling in many respects, but when I think of the work COH does for and among refugees, I can’t help but wonder that the true “humanitarians” in these situations are the mothers walking across hostile terrain and in harsh climates to protect small children and infants or the fathers who must make near impossible decisions – decisions most of us could never imagine – for the safety and future of their families. — Tom

It is really counter-cultural, counter self-preservation, counter tribal instincts and rights demanded under the threat of scarcity. The individuals we serve model the moral and spiritual grounds for intervention. It is generally they who first secured some vestiges of sanity in chaos to survive, who answered violence with peace, who placed the needs of their community and family ahead of their own safety. — Kari

Being a humanitarian is not an action that only exists while in a refugee camp or in the aftermath of a natural disaster: It is a commitment to a lifestyle from which we choose to view the world. In the realm of humanitarian affairs, we put ourselves in places where people require the most need, sometimes the areas are dangerous and most of the time the areas are thousands of miles from our families. Though our sacrifices can be great, it is minuscule compared to the pain our beneficiaries have gone through and sacrifices they have made to reach the safest places attainable to them. — Roshani

Please join us today as we pray for the humanitarians who are doing good work to help the poor and suffering throughout the world — no matter the risk.

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In The News / Inspiration / Staff Spotlight

Spend Your Next 24 Hours With Kindness

Our President, Hal Donaldson’s, new book Your Next 24 Hours — One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything was released today in-stores and online.

Through powerful stories of kindness lived out, this book shows the enormous difference we can make through small acts of kindness that can transform entire communities. Every encounter with another person is an opportunity to be kind.

We are celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week this week by encouraging our staff and friends to join us in a kindness revolution. Each day, we challenge our followers to complete an act of kindness and encourage their friends to do the same. If you would like to join our kindness revolution, check out the challenges below:

Monday — Let someone go first.

Tuesday — Pay it forward.

Wednesday — Compliment a stranger.

Thursday — Homeless Care Kits.

Friday — Purchase Your Next 24 Hours for a friend.

We hope this week is just the start of a kindness movement that lasts for months — and even years — to come.

Go with kindness.

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Advocacy / Inspiration / Join The Convoy

Teamwork: Time Together Makes Us Better

Nothing invigorates and engages me quite like teamwork, partnership and networking.

My greatest joy at the moment is leading and serving with the Convoy of Hope International Program team. We have nearly 100 diverse and dynamic staff members, interns, volunteers and other great partners serving with us. Seeing the impact our collective calling is having around the world is inspiring.

Perhaps because our team is separated by great distances and we are so highly deployable, we cherish every moment we have together.

The conversations are rich, the camaraderie is robust and the sense of common call is remarkable.

In light of all of this, we understand that time together makes us better.

Every time we come together, we leave feeling renewed, refreshed and recalibrated. We love to connect, we long to collaborate and we have learned to honor one another and those we serve.

I want to encourage you to discover what we have come to know for yourself in new and exciting ways.

I am confident that as you build your team culture, you will discover all of this and more. There is nothing greater than sharing life together.

Believe me — it’s worth it!

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Inspiration / Join The Convoy / Staff Spotlight

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