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Dan Rhodes On The Road: How One Volunteer Helped Provide 200 Million Meals

Convoy of Hope’s transportation team, by unanimous decision, recently awarded Dan Rhodes with the 2020 Key to Compassion award for his service throughout our COVID-19 response.

Last year, we delivered more than 200 million meals to people impacted by the pandemic. Dan was one of the volunteers who made this response possible. He delivered 39 tractor-trailer loads to people in need — driving approximately 75,000 miles — just because the need was there.

Throughout the past 11 years, Dan has volunteered with Convoy of Hope in numerous ways.

“We started going on Tuesday nights and helping out at Hands of Hope, packaging things, and that was great — a valuable thing that needs to be done,” Dan said. “I wanted to get more involved, so I started volunteering in the warehouse, running the forklift. That was great too!”

No matter how much he did, Dan was always looking for ways to do more.

 

“I found out they needed truck drivers. I really hadn’t driven a truck since 1982, so it’s been a long time,” Dan said. But he didn’t let that stop him. Adding study time to his usual volunteer hours, Dan made quick work of his commercial driving exams.

“I got my CDL again and started driving. I’ve been doing that now for, I think about 8 years. I love it. I love the ministry, I love Convoy of Hope, what they stand for, and what they do.”

Dan has driven into disaster zones, rural towns, and countless other places on the map. Anywhere he can bring hope in a tractor-trailer, he is quick to jump in.

“Even though it’s heartbreaking to see all of the devastation and the loss that people go through, it’s just about serving others and that’s what we both love doing,” Dan said. “The whole organization is awesome. It’s very fulfilling to be able to serve this way.”

We are incredibly grateful for volunteers like Dan who make it possible for us to deliver hope in every storm.

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Gardening Tips: Homemade Organic Pesticides

Every gardener knows the frustration of putting hard work into growing strong and healthy crops only for them to be snatched away by an animal or picked apart by insects just before harvest. This year, avoid the heartbreak of seeing the fruits of your labor devoured by pests and make your own safe, organic pesticide.

 

 

There are several kinds of homemade pesticides. Try a few to see what works best for you.

Soap – Diluting dish soap inside a spray bottle is an effective way to deal with pests like aphids. Spray the soapy water mixture directly on the insects. The mixture will work on contact, so only use it when there is an ongoing infestation.

Vegetable Oil – Oil is thick and makes it difficult for insects to breathe. Mix one part dish soap to four parts vegetable oil to create a concentrate. Combine one tablespoon of your concentrate to every four cups of water. The mixture can be sprayed directly onto insects, similar to the soap mixture.

Diatomaceous Earth – Diatomaceous earth is a very fine and abrasive powder of fossilized microorganisms called diatoms. It is used as a pest control measure in many places, including fleas on pets, and can be found in most garden or pet stores. Sprinkle it around your garden to kill and repel insects. Reapply it after any rain.

Garlic & Chile – Both of these veggies give off scents that drive away insects and animals. Blend fresh garlic or chiles, strain the result into a mixture with water, and add a small amount of soap.

Hair – That’s right! Human hair repels pesky animals such as deer who may view your newly grown veggies as a delicious snack. Line your garden with hair clippings to repel animals that would normally eat your fruits and vegetables.

As a rule of [green] thumb, avoid spraying homemade pest controls during the heat of the day. They could potentially damage plants if they dry out too quickly.

Find more of Dr. Dirt’s gardening tips on subjects like soil type and nutrients here.

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Bread and the Battle For Empowerment: Murida’s Story

Murida’s husband left her to raise their four children on her own. Without a source of income, she lost her home, began living in the streets, and resorted to scavenging scraps of food from the trash to feed her family.

She felt hopeless. But then, she joined a Convoy of Hope Women’s Empowerment project in Ethiopia.

This program equips women with financial education, vocational training, cooperative saving groups, and start-up capital that is provided as a gift instead of a loan. Women engage in self-esteem-building activities and are provided with education in basic literacy and numeracy, family health and nutrition, family planning, and the prevention of communicable diseases.

Through Women’s Empowerment, every aspect of a woman’s life is addressed — from personal issues to small-business training. Convoy of Hope also provides ongoing support after a woman starts her business to ensure success.

“Every woman deserves to be empowered, to have strength and dignity, to know she is valuable,” Doree Donaldson, Vice President of Convoy:Women said. “Through this program, the lives of women and their families are being transformed and are receiving hope for a better future. I am excited to be a part of helping my sisters all over the world!” 

Murida was trained in how to cook and sell a local bread called njera. Convoy of Hope also provided her with supplies to start her own business. She worked hard, saved money, and built a house for her family. Her children are so proud of her.

“I feel like a human being now,” said Murida. “It’s like I’ve been reborn.”

Convoy of Hope is privileged to serve many single mothers like Murida. We celebrate with them as they provide a better life for their families.

Thank you for supporting Convoy of Hope as we provide hope to individuals around the world who now have a bright future ahead of them.

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Women's Empowerment

New Business Helped Hally and Her Family Survive COVID-19

“The pandemic has affected us greatly,” Hally said solemnly. “My husband and sister lost their jobs … friends have provided us with food when we did not have any to eat.”

With little hope and few options, Hally wasn’t sure how she would feed her two children. But after learning about Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program, she joined and quickly saw her life change for the better.

“I’ll never forget that day, when I entered and saw the whole issue,” she said. In the program, Hally learned financial skills, self-worth, and vocational development. Soon, she started seeing a difference.

“I am starting with the help they gave me,” Hally said. “I have created the habit of saving.” 

After starting a business of her own and putting her new-found skills to use, she helped her daughter join Convoy of Hope’s Girls’ Empowerment program.

“Little by little I start the business and little by little I can help at home,” Hally said. “In my family we have received 100% help … many times we did not have enough to eat and [Convoy of Hope] called to tell us that they brought us a bag of food. Thanks to Convoy I have been able to start my business.” 

With gratitude and a new trajectory in life, Hally has grown her business, supported her family, and taught her children life-altering skills.

“I have no words to express my gratitude to the people who support us through Convoy,” she said. “It has been very helpful for me, as well as for my family. I pray to God for the people of Convoy, so that they can always help people and God bless you always.”

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