Browsing Category: Children’s Feeding

A New Life for Sheri

Sheri, 7, and her family live at the base of a toxic garbage range in the Philippines. Their home is nothing but flimsy scraps of plywood, tattered sheets of plastic and bamboo strips held together by rusty nails and ropes. This is no place for children — especially ones whose parents can’t afford to send them to school.

When we first met Sheri, she was undernourished and sad because she didn’t have food and wasn’t in school. She spent her days caring for her little brother and wondering if she would ever get to go to school.

Because of generous friends, we were able to enroll Sheri in our Children’s Feeding Initiative. Today, her health, life and future are secure with daily meals, clean drinking water and wonderful days in school.

This newfound way of living has energized her and left a wide smile on her face.

Convoy of Hope’s friends have made a new life possible for Sheri.

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Children's Feeding

The Root of Hunger and Poverty

Undernutrition is most devastating to children because it impairs both mental and physical growth. Hungry children have slower cognitive development than their peers, which often perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Some of the severe effects of undernutrition include: stunting, reduced adult income, decreased offspring birth weight and an increased risk of death.

Though nutrition is a complicated issue, it’s one of the best vehicles through which we can transform a child’s health, education and future. To better understand what it takes to foster healthy, well-nourished children, we continue to adapt our model to fit best practice according to leading research and experts.

“By working with national staff, we develop, coordinate, manage and evaluate the children’s feeding program, women’s empowerment and agriculture training.”

Ten years ago it was about filling a belly. Now, it’s about nourishing and caring for a whole person.

After starting the feeding program in Haiti, we met Ana. A few months later, we got to visit with her again. She looked healthier, stronger and happier. She recalled the exact moment Convoy of Hope started the program.

“That was the day my life changed forever,” she said.

When we started feeding children, we focused on the “one.” Though our strategy has changed, we will never lose this focus because we know the extraordinary starts with one meal, child, family and garden.

And one day soon, we hope the roots of hunger wither.

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Kindness Expands

In 2016, we witnessed short-term disaster responses turn into long-term programs in Nepal and Lebanon. The results for communities high in the Himalayas and on the outskirts of refugee camps in the Middle East have been life-changing. Thank you for enabling us to bring hope in such desperate circumstances. The growth of Convoy of Hope’s programs are a direct result of your kindness!


Nepal

In 2015, Convoy of Hope responded to a devastating earthquake in Nepal. In 2016, we added 600 children at four schools to our Children’s Feeding Initiative. In addition to the feeding program, we’ve also facilitated agriculture trainings to nearly 200 participants to address the underlying food security issues. Community members, teachers and parents are reporting significant changes in the village from these programs including better attendance because the children are sick less often.

Lebanon

Since 2014, we have worked with local partners to provide vital resources to refugees fleeing Syria including food, heaters, newborn health kits, hygiene kits, coats and more.  In 2016, we were able to implement an emergency-based feeding program in Lebanon serving 650 Lebanese and Syrian refugee children at two schools and refugee camps. We will continue to work with our partners in the area to serve even more children and families in these war-torn communities.


 

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feedONE Fights Hunger on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. During a season when Black Friday and Cyber Monday steal the headlines, Giving Tuesday gives us the opportunity to give back.

This year, our children’s feeding initiative, feedONE, is uniting people around the world to help 785 kids at Coeur Joyeux Meilleur School in Haiti win the food fight. These kids come to school every day eager to learn but often times hunger robs their focus and concentration.

According to the World Food Programme, 2.5 million Haitians live in extreme poverty and struggle to find enough food each day. For just $10 — the price of a pizza or movie ticket — you can provide a child with nutritious food for an entire month!

When children have the proper amount of nutrition, they are able to focus in school, have energy to play and just be a kid. Hunger and poverty are two very prevalent issues we see around the world today. No child deserves to go hungry — especially during the holiday season.

Your generosity can help children in Haiti win the fight against hunger and poverty. Give back this holiday season and help end hunger by clicking here.

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A Day Without Water

Have you experienced a day without water? There are many things you can’t do —  drink, bathe, cook food, wash your hands, use the toilet, wash dishes, wash clothes, clean the house, give water to your pet or make ice.

Such a simple liquid is vital for daily life.

Pacaya Community, El Crucero Municipality, is a community located in the only plateau of Nicaragua, 900 meters high, and has historical problems with drinking water, which has been exacerbated with a two year drought.

At the School Jose Cecilio del Valle, there are 133 children who live without potable water 365 days a year. The children go to school without taking a shower and with dirty clothes. It’s an ordeal to prepare food for the family. Oftentimes, the mother has to get up early and walk two kilometers to buy a bucket of water. Lack of water perpetuates diarrhea, skin diseases, lice and other parasites that do not allow children to absorb the nutrients from the food they receive.

But at Convoy of Hope, we cannot conceive a nutrition program divorced from water and sanitation. Every child — in addition to being well fed — deserves access to clean and safe drinking water. We recognize the importance of that and are working towards implementing WASH (Water Access, Sanitation & Hygiene) programs at each of our feeding centers.

Today, I challenge you. Every time you turn on the faucet, remember the millions of families without access to clean and safe water.

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