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Convoy of Hope’s Global Response to COVID-19

More than 3.8 million people have died from COVID-19 to date, according to the World Health Organization. Many countries have begun to loosen restrictions, but the effects of the pandemic still make hope seem out of reach for many. That’s why Convoy of Hope continues to respond to COVID-19 in multiple countries worldwide.

“As many countries begin to see some relief from shutdowns and restrictions being lifted or new case counts continuing to go down, much of the world is seeing quite the opposite,” said Ryan Grabill of Convoy of Hope’s International Disaster Services team.

COVID-19 is a major cause for concern in many countries, including the Philippines, Nepal, and Suriname. Vaccines are hard to come by, poverty rates continue to increase, jobs are scarce, and food insecurity is a growing threat. In many countries, the head of the household commonly provides the family’s sole income, which increases the risk for financial strain during the pandemic. In other parts of the world, disruption of the global supply chain has crippled markets on both local and national scales.

“Masks are hard to find, and when you do find them, they are unaffordable,” one individual said while accepting help from Convoy of Hope in Venezuela.

Convoy of Hope is providing food for families in dire need, emergency provisions for those affected by shutdowns and quarantines, and personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essentials to assist with shortages.

“Beginning in February 2020 with our first shipment, the Disaster Services team continues to serve around the world,” said Ryan. “We will continue to address these needs and walk with communities back to restoration.”

“This project literally helped us save lives and keep families healthy in these difficult times,” a Convoy of Hope partner from Lebanon said in solidarity.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Convoy of Hope is grateful for the volunteers, supporters, and partners who allow us to deliver help and hope to those who need it. To support Convoy of Hope, click here.

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Disaster Services

Convoy of Hope Provides Aid in South Sudan

“The journey was so hard,” 17-year-old Kenyi told the UN Refugee Agency regarding her harrowing journey from South Sudan to Uganda. “The sun was very hot, and we had trouble finding food and water. Our uncle decided to turn back, but we continued on because we wanted to go to school.”

Since 2011, tribal conflict has displaced millions of South Sudanese people, causing one of the largest refugee crises in the world. 

To date, an estimated 2 million people have been displaced inside South Sudan and another 2 million have crossed the border into Uganda, Ethiopia, or Sudan to find safety. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 83% of those displaced are women and children.

In recent months, effects of the pandemic, droughts, and locust infestations have added to food security concerns. 

With the help of our partners on the ground, Convoy of Hope is providing food parcels to displaced families. These food parcels help to provide food security and to stimulate the economy through local purchasing.

“The aim is to increase the resilience and health of vulnerable people and decrease the instability and stress that they face,” said Mackenzie Edwards of Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team. “When our partners in South Sudan heard the funding was coming through, they wept because they know how great the need is.”

With your help, Convoy can provide food and other resources for those who can’t find such things themselves. Thank you for your generosity.

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Refugees from across Africa and the Middle East are fleeing violence and persecution. According to UNHCR, more than 11,000 refugees have sought help in Spain since the beginning of 2021. Refugees from across Africa and the Middle East are fleeing violence and persecution. According to UNHCR, more than 11,000 refugees have sought help in Spain since the beginning of 2021.

Convoy of Hope responds to refugee crisis in Spain

“Living here is hell, but it’s still better than living in my country,” said Amandi.

Amandi is one of more than 8,000 refugees who recently swam from Morocco to Ceuta, Spain. While the government works to address the refugee crisis, many displaced individuals are struggling to find food and shelter. Convoy of Hope recently hosted a distribution to help these people fighting to make it through another day.

“When the masses swam over, we were all together celebrating my father’s birthday,” Lorena, a local Convoy of Hope partner, said. “The celebration quickly ended to see the news of people swimming. The helicopters hovered, and police waited for those who arrived at shore. They didn’t ask questions and arrested people. Some, desperate, even took their lives right there on the shore. They’d rather die a gruesome death at their own hands than be deported.”

Some refugees, like Amandi, were attempting to escape persecution. Others were in search of jobs or a new life free from economic turmoil. Whatever the reason, the crisis has grown. Now, both the people of Ceuta and the refugees who sought shelter there struggle each day.

Originally, Amandi came from Nigeria where he was persecuted for his beliefs. He later made his way to Morocco, and from there, swam to bordering Spain. Some who swam with Amandi drowned before they made it to Spanish soil; many others suffered from severe hypothermia and required immediate medical attention when they arrived.

“I remember waking up in the hospital,” Amandi said. “I was fortunate to get housing, but I live in a small room with 10 others.” Thousands of other refugees in Ceuta have no shelter and live among the rocks near the seashore. Others have created makeshift shelters in cemeteries.

“Together, they care for each other and find ways to survive,” said Mark-Anthony Licea, a Convoy of Hope Europe team member.

One of the cemetery camps served as the site for Convoy of Hope’s most recent distribution event. People were provided with food, hygiene kits, and other necessities.

Some refugees have been searching for a better life for years. Others swam the frigid Mediterranean waters in recent weeks. Regardless, Ceuta is overrun. As refugees and government officials work to resolve this crisis, Convoy of Hope will continue to provide.

Thank you for providing hope to those in desperate need during this crisis. You are helping to shape their futures.

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Disaster Services

How to support Convoy of Hope on Prime Day

As Amazon’s greatly-anticipated Prime Day approaches, many shoppers are planning ahead for big purchases and big savings. 

But Prime Day isn’t just an opportunity to purchase items from your wishlist at a discount. It can also be a fantastic opportunity to help people in need.

When you use Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate to the charity of your choice with every purchase you make. To date, they have donated nearly $300 million to nonprofit organizations. If you select Convoy of Hope in your Amazon Smile profile, a portion of each purchase will help us spread hope around the world.

Prime Day begins at 12 a.m. PDT on Monday, June 21, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22. However, your Amazon Smile account can help support Convoy of Hope year-round.There are lots of ways you can use smart giving options to contribute to Convoy of Hope. Whether you donate, volunteer, or support us in another way, we are grateful.

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Persevering, providing, prospering: Linnette’s story

“I have suffered a lot,” Linnette said. 

Linnette’s upbringing in El Salvador came with a unique set of challenges. At an early age, an accident robbed her of motor function in one leg. However, with a new outlook, some care and support, and a great measure of perseverance, Linnette started a successful business and lives a life full of hope. 

“I did not feel I had anyone in my life to look out for me,” said Linnette. “I did not want to talk to anyone. I would not leave my house because I was embarrassed because I could not walk. I had to crawl on the floor to move around.” 

Linnette found it difficult to provide for her children and to talk with them about their situation. Unable to use a wheelchair to help with mobility, she persisted and eventually discovered she could use a bicycle.

Linnette began participating in Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program and learned important skills and values to help her start a business and realize her self-worth. Now, she is the proud owner of a successful pupusa stand and an inspiration to her entire community. 

“I hope my story helps people in my community to feel brave, to believe in themselves, and be encouraged by my story in a way that will help them work hard to also overcome the difficult situations life may be presenting to them,” she said. “You may think that what you have given me is very little, but for me it is a lot.”

Each morning, Linnette commutes to work on her bicycle and proudly serves pupusas to others in her community. “I feel very happy,” she said. 

Since 2011, Convoy of Hope has empowered more than 46,000 women and girls around the world through Women’s Empowerment. More than half — an astounding 26,841 — began a new chapter within the past year.With your help, we can continue providing new opportunities to people who need them most. To support Convoy of Hope as we continue empowering individuals around the world, click here.

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Women's Empowerment