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Children’s Feeding: More Than Just a Full Belly

Tanzania is one of the many places where Convoy of Hope is changing lives. Children at multiple primary schools eat meals every school day thanks to your generosity. We recently saw how your partnership is making a difference.

Founded by Pastor Glorious Shoo, Fountain of Hope Primary School has more than 300 students, and 70% of them are either living in poverty or are orphaned. Pastor Shoo said he started the school because he felt called to love children through education. But to truly help them, he needed resources and food that he didn’t have.

After partnering with Convoy of Hope, students at the school are now fed every day the doors are open.

“We thank God for the heart you have … we are really enjoying the manna packs you have for us,” said Pastor Shoo. “You are good, and we are blessed for what you have done for us.”

Each of the containers Convoy of Hope sends contains food like fortified rice, manna, and different kinds of bread for the children to eat. Two of the shipping containers are already empty, and the third is almost finished. The school is planning on turning the containers themselves into libraries.

“This manna pack is just good, and all of us like it,” said Vera, one of the 300 students at Fountain of Hope. She shared that, to her, the manna packs were more than just a full belly. She said they changed her life and the lives of her entire family.

Fountain of Hope is only one of the many schools that Convoy of Hope partners with in Tanzania. This work is multiplied all over the country through the generosity of our network of supporters and partners. Because of the work being done today in the lives of children, the future of the communities we serve is bright. 

To join our efforts and provide help where it is needed most, click here.

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With Consistent Nourishment, Omar Realizes His Passions

“This place has changed my life in a lot of ways,” Omar said.

Since he was 3 years old, Omar has relied on one of Convoy of Hope’s program centers in Honduras to sustain him. Now 15, he has started pursuing a life outside the cycle of hopelessness.

“The food that we get here is different than what we get at home. Sometimes I don’t have food at home, but I know I will get food here,” Omar said.

Unfortunately, food insecurity was only one of the hurdles Omar had to overcome in his childhood. “My mom died when I was 6 years old, and my dad left. I was raised by my siblings,” he said. 

Despite the hardships he’s faced, Omar enjoys math and drawing. One day, he hopes to combine his passions and pursue a career as an architect. When he isn’t working on freelance projects, Omar remains devoted to furthering his education. “I’m just about to start at a technical school where I can study finance because I like math too.”

Ana Victoria, the director of the program center that Omar attends, takes pride in how nutritious the food is that Convoy of Hope provides. 

“The kids don’t normally get sick here,” Ana Victoria said. “We have very strong kids with a lot of energy.”

Omar’s program center serves 30 other kids. While there, they receive the nutrition they need to stay healthy, grow, and continue having hope.

To join us in changing lives and promoting healthy communities free from poverty and hunger, click here.

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Children's Feeding / Program Updates

Full Meals, Full Futures

“It feels horrible to have a hole inside your belly and not be able to fill it,” David said. “I felt a great desperation.”

David, a teenager in Guatemala, has experienced plenty of hardship throughout the past year. When COVID-19 spread across his country, two of his sisters became ill and three members of his extended family died. His mother and father both lost their jobs and struggled to put food on the table.

Add Hurricanes Eta and Iota to the mix, both of which caused extensive damage across Central America, and it doesn’t seem hard to understand why David struggled to find hope.

Thankfully, Convoy of Hope’s presence in Guatemala meant that David and his family received help. Our in-country team provided them with nutritious food and the hope they needed.

“It helps me a lot because the food comes with good vitamins,” David said. “We made mashed potatoes with stuffed peppers and rice, and my mother mixed it with eggs. I put on a little more weight because I was thinner, and that really helped me a lot. Thank God we had a full meal, thanks to you.”

Thanks to our supporters, people like David no longer have to worry where they will get their next meal. Thank you for helping to change his story and provide his family with hope.

If you would like to support children like David, click here.

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Finding Restoration in the slums of Sri Lanka

In 1976, the Sri Lankan government relocated more than a thousand families, creating the Summitpura slum. With lack of proper housing, water systems, and electricity, residents of this shantytown lived in neglect with little hope of escape.

Susanne Wickramaratne, known as “Auntie Susan” by those in the slum, began a modest feeding program in 1979 with the help of her husband, Pastor Colton, and their church. After three decades, this endeavor became Center of Hope — a nation-wide network of feeding centers.

“I believe that the vision … was put in Auntie Susan’s heart at that time,” says Prasad Perera, current Chief Operating Officer of Center of Hope and member of the founding church. “Thirty years later, it’s in my heart.”

Their main focus is to supplement the holistic development of children between the ages of 3 and 16, addressing their physical, intellectual, relational, emotional, and spiritual needs.

“Poverty corrupts all five of those areas,” says Prasad. “We want to change the whole family and every aspect of poverty. A changed child leads to a changed family, which leads to a changed community.”

In 2019, Convoy of Hope began partnering with Center of Hope to provide meals for the children in their centers. “Convoy of Hope coming in — not just financially but bringing the experts … and seeing how we can improve — is a great help,” says Prasad.

Before this partnership, Center of Hope fed close to 150 children a day. Now, more than 500 children in Sri Lanka receive nutritious meals. With time, the church wants to feed 5,000 kids a day, eventually seeing the Summitpura slum — and by extension, all of Sri Lanka — transformed.

“We know this is not something we can do on our own,” says Prasad. “When people think of Sri Lanka, they need to know that God transformed this nation.”

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