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Convoy of Hope Mid-Year Update

Convoy of Hope continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Since its founding in 1994, Convoy of Hope has been committed to helping those in need around the world. To date, we have worked with more than 46,000 partners to serve 115 million people in more than 125 countries. Our work would not be possible without the faithful dedication and generosity of churches, organizations, and individuals who believe in our mission to serve the hurting.

So far, 2019 has been a busy year! Already, we have responded to disasters, held Community Events across the United States, and hosted Field Teams around the world — all in addition to our ongoing work in 14 program countries. Our incredible field staff and network of global partners continue feeding children in schools, empowering female entrepreneurs, and training farmers in agricultural best practices.

In the coming months, we will engage even more volunteers and continue expanding our international programming. We’re especially looking forward to the upcoming release of Hal Donaldson’s (CEO/Founder) new book, Disruptive Compassion. In this book, Hal challenges readers with the question “What’s holding you back from becoming the revolutionary you were born to be?”  Taking readers with him on his personal journey through struggle and doubt, Hal shares the untold story of Convoy of Hope and invites us into a life of disruptive compassion.

As we continue celebrating 25 years of spreading hope we can’t help but eagerly look ahead. There are more people to be helped, and Convoy wants to be ready to respond no matter the time, place, or circumstance. Whether in the aftermath of a cyclone or a supply shortage at the border, we want to be there for the people who need us most. Because that’s not just what we do — it’s who we are.

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Meet 25 of the coolest kids in the world!

After 25 years of spreading hope and 12 years of feeding kids, we’ve met some of the coolest kids across the world! Meet just 25 of the incredible kids we’ve had the honor to feed and get to know over the years!

Click on their names to hear their stories.

Bonifast – Haiti

 

 

Alexa – Philippines

 

 

Jacquline – El Salvador

 

 

Stevin – Nicaragua

 

Tigist – Ethiopia

 

Baraka – Tanzania

 

Manas – Nepal

 

Safiri – Kenya

 

Rashani – Sri Lanka

 

Mehar – Lebanon

 

Elvin – El Salvador

 

Sheri – Philippines

 

Ana – Honduras

 

Saraphina – Haiti

 

Amelia – Kenya

Jacque – Haiti

 

Elaine – Nicaragua

 

Orlin – Honduras

 

MacKenzon – Haiti

 

Jessie – Philippines

 

Denilson – El Salvador

 

Beatrice – Kenya

 

Samuel – Nepal

 

Selina – Honduras

 

Cristina – Haiti

 

With the help of friends like you, Convoy of Hope is now feeding more than 200,000 kids across 14 different countries. You can help feed even more kids at feedONE.com and you can find more stories on our website, and by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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25 Stories That Shaped Convoy of Hope / Children's Feeding

Growing hope in the desert

“The desert” brings images to my mind of sand dunes and a quest for water. However, not every desert looks like the Sahara. In reality, the desert is a harsh ecosystem where everything fights to survive. In the rain shadow of Nicaraguan volcanoes lives a community of people who were in need of new ways to thrive in this harshness. This community was smart and motivated. All they needed was some resourcing to help them thrive.

Working with the community, Convoy of Hope’s Agriculture team put our heads together to find something that would work well with the assets this community already had. Though the community was in desert-like conditions, agriculture appeared to be the best answer. Growing food in this environment wasn’t going to be easy, especially because drought conditions were anticipated for several years.

The team decided to focus on a cash crop that could grow in the dry environment — dragon fruit. Dragon fruit is a perennial cactus that produces a large fleshly body which can be consumed and exported around the world. A dragon fruit plant can produce viable fruit for over 10 years once it has been established. The stage was now set to start farming in the desert.

As the project moved forward, we worked with a group of first-generation farmers with little or no knowledge on the production of dragon fruit. Convoy’s local Agriculture staff educated them on all aspects of production. This included pest management, choosing varieties, fertilization, irrigation, and harvest.

When the planting began, the sandy volcanic soils provided a great foundation for the plant to thrive. The cooperative clearly understood that in two years they would provide the startup plants for another cooperative who needed resources just like them.

Nine months after planting, I walked into the dragon fruit plantation and was blown away by the level of precision agriculture and human talent. The growers had set up experimental blocks away from the main field to test new varieties, pest management plans, and try new techniques. The cooperative had purchased a drip irrigation system so they could water the plants based on true evapotranspiration rates. Each plant was being managed with nutrients individually, not just as a whole field, allowing for environmental stewardship.   

Convoy’s Agriculture staff were working with the growers almost every day, transferring knowledge so they had the skills to problem solve on their own when problems came up. As we continued to walk the field, I hear how they have fought off disease, pests, and lived through acid storms*.

As the plants grew and started to produce fruit much earlier than anyone expected, the government of Nicaragua started to take notice. As Nicaraguan government agriculture staff toured the fields, they found themselves learning from the individuals in the cooperative on best practices and what they had learned from the process. The government staff now goes around teaching what they learned from Convoy’s staff and partners.    

There are now several dragon fruit cooperatives working with Convoy and the government, learning and working together like never before. A hope is seen in a group of people who are living in the rain shadow of a volcano.


*Fun Fact: The flower is almost 10 inches long. When the volcano is active, the steam clouds hold acid in their vapor. As the steam clouds move away from the volcano, they create their own weather. The rain that falls is acidic, burns the blossom, and destroys their ability to complete fertilization.   

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25 Stories That Shaped Convoy of Hope / Agriculture