Browsing Category: Program Updates

Students recieve seedlings to raise until they are distributed to those affected by the bushfires that raged across Australia last year. Students recieve seedlings to raise until they are distributed to those affected by the bushfires that raged across Australia last year.

Planting Hope: Convoy of Hope Australia Provides Plants After Bushfires

When bushfires broke out across Australia in 2019, no one thought the flames would eventually burn across 46 million acres. But that’s what’s happened. Lake Conjola, a small town in New South Wales, was totally devastated. The fires claimed three lives in Lake Conjola, destroyed 127 homes, and devastated the tourism-driven economy.

Convoy of Hope immediately began supplying the residents of Conjola with food, water, and relief supplies. Many of the local recovery efforts were focused on providing for immediate needs, rebuilding infrastructure, and reviving businesses, but Convoy of Hope saw that people’s gardens and community recreation spaces also needed to be restored.

It was through a conversation with a local resident who lost his house and plant nursery in the fires that the idea for “Regrow Conjola” came into being. Through consultation with local experts, we created a list of 40 different plant species to grow and purchased seedlings. Students at 37 schools throughout the area were invited to help raise and repot the seedlings until they were ready to be distributed to those affected by the fires. 

A total of 11,500 seedlings are being cared for and will be delivered to residents of Conjola and the surrounding area and more will be distributed in the future. Throughout this project, students learned all about the plants they nurtured and the ecosystem they will restore.

Students involved in “Regrow Conjola” will also have the opportunity to learn about the devastating effects of bushfires through research and stories of residents affected by the bushfire. Some of the participating schools will visit Conjola residents and present their plants to them as a gift. 

Convoy of Hope is proud to stand with the residents of Conjola as they rebuild their lives. 

Click here to follow Convoy of Hope Australia’s response.

COMMENT
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Pinterest
Program Updates

Santa Fe Community Event Delivers Relief

A husband came through the drive-thru distribution in Santa Fe while his wife, a first responder, was on duty. He mentioned how nervous he was for her every time she went to work. 

Another mother picked up her groceries. While talking with a volunteer, she shared that she had been feeling completely hopeless and had resorted to drinking to abate the feeling. “Thank you for being here,” she said. “You have no idea how much I needed this today”

Story after story like these came out of our recent Community Event in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Car after car passed through to pick up groceries and relief supplies. And, since pandemics affect everyone, those cars ranged from the rusted-through to the fully-loaded. Convoy of Hope served them all. We believe that everyone we serve should be treated with dignity and respect.

Like each of the Community Events we’ve held in 2020, the one in Santa Fe was structured as a drive-through point of distribution (POD) to keep contact between volunteers and our Guests of Honor at a minimum during the pandemic. It is important to keep risk low and hopes high. 

Because of the generosity of Convoy of Hope’s partners and donors, were were able to distribute:

  • 1,000 Gardens in a Bag
  • 4,000 grocery bags
  • 6,000 Bombas socks
COMMENT
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Pinterest
Program Updates