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Hope for Families in San Antonio

“We hit the jackpot!” exclaims Sarah and Dre Valdez’s youngest son as he triumphantly holds two grocery bags loaded with food. He’s only seven, but even he understands the importance of what took place for his family — and thousands of others — at the San Antonio Community Event.

Like many people who attend Convoy’s Community Events, times have been tough for the Valdez family. Both Sarah and Dre recently lost their jobs and have been unable to find work. The free goods and services they received gave them a hand up during a difficult season in their life.

“You forget yourself and your burdens for a while,” says their mom, Sarah. “It was a blessing to come to Convoy of Hope and get things we needed.”

With smiles as wide as the Alamodome, the family of six poses for a photo. Afterward, they collect the new shoes and bags of groceries they received at the event and step into their futures with a renewed sense of hope.

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Community Outreach

A New Life for Sheri

Sheri, 7, and her family live at the base of a toxic garbage range in the Philippines. Their home is nothing but flimsy scraps of plywood, tattered sheets of plastic and bamboo strips held together by rusty nails and ropes. This is no place for children — especially ones whose parents can’t afford to send them to school.

When we first met Sheri, she was undernourished and sad because she didn’t have food and wasn’t in school. She spent her days caring for her little brother and wondering if she would ever get to go to school.

Because of generous friends, we were able to enroll Sheri in our Children’s Feeding Initiative. Today, her health, life and future are secure with daily meals, clean drinking water and wonderful days in school.

This newfound way of living has energized her and left a wide smile on her face.

Convoy of Hope’s friends have made a new life possible for Sheri.

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Children's Feeding

The Root of Hunger and Poverty

Undernutrition is most devastating to children because it impairs both mental and physical growth. Hungry children have slower cognitive development than their peers, which often perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Some of the severe effects of undernutrition include: stunting, reduced adult income, decreased offspring birth weight and an increased risk of death.

Though nutrition is a complicated issue, it’s one of the best vehicles through which we can transform a child’s health, education and future. To better understand what it takes to foster healthy, well-nourished children, we continue to adapt our model to fit best practice according to leading research and experts.

“By working with national staff, we develop, coordinate, manage and evaluate the children’s feeding program, women’s empowerment and agriculture training.”

Ten years ago it was about filling a belly. Now, it’s about nourishing and caring for a whole person.

After starting the feeding program in Haiti, we met Ana. A few months later, we got to visit with her again. She looked healthier, stronger and happier. She recalled the exact moment Convoy of Hope started the program.

“That was the day my life changed forever,” she said.

When we started feeding children, we focused on the “one.” Though our strategy has changed, we will never lose this focus because we know the extraordinary starts with one meal, child, family and garden.

And one day soon, we hope the roots of hunger wither.

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Children's Feeding

Kindness Expands

In 2016, we witnessed short-term disaster responses turn into long-term programs in Nepal and Lebanon. The results for communities high in the Himalayas and on the outskirts of refugee camps in the Middle East have been life-changing. Thank you for enabling us to bring hope in such desperate circumstances. The growth of Convoy of Hope’s programs are a direct result of your kindness!


Nepal

In 2015, Convoy of Hope responded to a devastating earthquake in Nepal. In 2016, we added 600 children at four schools to our Children’s Feeding Initiative. In addition to the feeding program, we’ve also facilitated agriculture trainings to nearly 200 participants to address the underlying food security issues. Community members, teachers and parents are reporting significant changes in the village from these programs including better attendance because the children are sick less often.

Lebanon

Since 2014, we have worked with local partners to provide vital resources to refugees fleeing Syria including food, heaters, newborn health kits, hygiene kits, coats and more.  In 2016, we were able to implement an emergency-based feeding program in Lebanon serving 650 Lebanese and Syrian refugee children at two schools and refugee camps. We will continue to work with our partners in the area to serve even more children and families in these war-torn communities.


 

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Children's Feeding