Browsing Category: Children’s Feeding

‘I appreciate you’: Subira’s Message to You

At 5 years old, Subira has already experienced hardship. But as a participant in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program in Ethiopia, she has a reliable source of nutritious food to keep her full and healthy.

Subira lives in a small home with her parents and two siblings. She lost her twin brother, but she hasn’t let that tragedy keep her from being kind and hopeful. Even at her young age, Subira sees her parents struggling to provide for her family and knows that she can work hard to achieve a better future.

“My parents — especially my mother — don’t get enough money. She can’t find a better house for us,” she said. “When I go home, I can’t play because our house is very small. Our environment is also not clean.”

However, Subira has a plan to change the trajectory of the next generation. She excels at math and loves to draw. The food that she receives at school through Convoy of Hope keeps her strong and ensures that she can focus on learning and growing.

“I like all the food Convoy is providing for us,” she said. “It is all tasty. It makes me strong!”

With a good education, a full stomach, and hope for the future, Subira is determined to reach her full potential and provide for those around her.

Subira wanted the following message to reach the people who have contributed to giving her a better life: “I appreciate you. Thank you for the food you are providing.”

Because of your support, children like Subira can stay full, hopeful, and inspired to do great things. To contribute to Convoy of Hope as we work to change lives around the world, click here.

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Meals in Mathare Valley

In the Mathare Valley in Nairobi, Kenya, food, clothing, and education are hard to come by. That’s why Convoy of Hope partners with Mama Jane to feed underserved children every school day.

Now, more than 1,000 children in the area receive healthy meals every day they meet for school.

“The food is very balanced,” Faith, a student at the center, said. “It helps our bodies, it always gives us energy, and it even prevents us from being sick … I like this school very much!”

Because of your support, more than 387,000 children like Faith receive help, hope, and nutritious meals in communities around the world. Thank you for giving them the chance they need to build a brighter future.

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Food & Fortitude: Jessa’s Story

Meals can change lives. For a child, having access to healthy food can mean the difference between a hopeful future and one of desperate instability.

Jessa knows this well.

She and her parents live in a small, unfinished home in the Philippines. She likes to play with her friends, enjoys her classes at school, and aims to excel in all that she does. But Jessa often didn’t have the chance to focus on her dreams. There were bigger problems she had to face each day.

“When my parents argued about finances, I felt almost like giving up,” Jessa said.

The strain of food insecurity took a heavy toll on Jessa and her family. Daily uncertainty and insufficient nutrition left little room for her to enjoy being a child.

“I was hoping I could finish my school life [with] a good feeling and in good condition,” she said. “I do not want to remain a child. I want to grow up faster so that I can help my poor family.”

But with more hope and stronger food security, everything changed for Jessa. Now, she receives full, nutritious meals every school day through Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program.

“Convoy of Hope food is very helpful in our daily lives, especially our meal every day,” Jessa said.

Full of strength and energy and with a full stomach, Jessa can now focus on her dreams. “I am strong enough to face the trials in my life and to reach what I want,” she said. “I like my life now.”

Thank you for changing Jessa’s story and giving her the opportunity to achieve her goals.

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Celebrating World Health day with Proper Nutrition in the Philippines

Nutritious meals can change the course of children’s lives. Having regular access to healthy food can mean the difference between a full, meaningful life and one of desperate insecurity.

Labhika is a perfect example. She used to go to school weak and unable to focus. The food insecurity her family faced put good grades at the bottom of her to-do list. When Labhika went home, she took care of her sick mother and struggled with grief from the loss of her younger brother. As the eldest child, it was Labhika’s responsibility to help maintain the household, care for her younger siblings, and help her father with chores. As a farmer, her father provided for the family in certain seasons, but couldn’t at other times of the year.

When Labhika began participating in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program, everything changed.

“It’s delicious!” she said of the food she received. Her favorite dish is rice and soy mixed with sauteed vegetables. Labhika proudly pointed out that she felt full.

Now that Labhika gets a warm and nutritious meal at school every day, she finds it much easier to concentrate and get good grades.

Full hearts and full lives are often a byproduct of full stomachs. Now that Labhika is excelling in her classes, she has taken it upon herself to help other classmates study and receive good grades. One day, she wants to be a teacher. She is also a running candidate for class valedictorian.

“Last year in the Philippines alone, we reached nearly 19,000 children through our Children’s Feeding efforts,” Convoy of Hope’s International Program Partner Relations Manager Erin-Rae Peace said. “What’s so incredible is that these are children who represent individual lives that are forever changed.”

For just $10, you can feed a child every school day for an entire month. This World Health Day, click here to learn more about how you can join in this mission.

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Julian’s Story: From Despair to Big Dreams

COVID-19 completely changed 11-year-old Julian’s life. “I felt sad,” he said. “I was anxious for this to be over, to go out and play, see my friends, go to school.”

Quarantine orders kept him inside the floorless, one-room home that he shared with five other members of his family. They had no running water and only two beds to share. When Julian’s mother got sick and his father lost his job laying bricks, Julian felt entirely helpless. With hunger and health concerns looming, hope seemed far out of reach.

“My father was unemployed. We had no food due to lack of money,” Julian said. “But that’s when you gave us [food].”

Now, as a participant in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program, Julian has access to hot and nutritious meals. Since he no longer has to worry about food insecurity, Julian is free to focus on his schoolwork, his artwork, and his dream of becoming a chef. His next goal is to reach a point where he can support the rest of his family.

“To my brothers and my mother, I want to give them what they need … their expenses,” he said. “The same for my father; I want to help him.”

Thanks to support from people like you, Julian can continue spreading hope to his family and his community. Thank you for changing his story.

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