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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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Farmers in North Dakota Find Hope in Every Harvest

Just like most farmers, Russell and Holly Edgar have experienced hardships. The Red River Flood of 1997 caused mass destruction to their land in North Dakota and they were unable to plant crops on half their farm for more than two years. They were forced to sell their equipment and rent out the farm that had been in their family since the 1800’s. But Russell knew that wasn’t the end for them.

“I started thinking about what it would take to build a dairy heifer-raising facility on our land,” Russell explains. “I would wake up some mornings with design ideas.”

In 2004, the Edgars started construction on a 3,000-head facility. Once up and running, they were able to work toward getting their land back.

“I felt like God was telling me that since he had helped us through that difficult time, it was our turn to do something for others,” Russell adds.

Russell spoke with a friend of his who worked with the grain donation program, producing food for Convoy of Hope. Bob and LeAnn Bachman explained the program to the Edgar family, who decided that pinto beans would be the best fit for the children Convoy of Hope serves.

“I decided to donate 20 acres of pinto beans to the feeding program,” Russell says. “I received tremendous favor and reached out to a local bean seed company who donated all the seeds for free.”

Since then, the Edgars continue to donate pinto beans and corn to Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Initiative serving countries like El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti and the Philippines. They are proof that there is hope in every harvest.

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Agriculture