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Bowls of food ready to be served to children in Convoy of Hope's feeding initiative. Bowls of food ready to be served to children in Convoy of Hope's feeding initiative.

Eat What You Want Day

I have the privilege of traveling the world to evaluate Convoy of Hope’s children’s feeding initiatives. With this, I’m constantly stepping back and forth between extremes. The following paradox explains these extremes well. Here in America, today is “Eat What You Want Day,” a day intended to give people like me a day without our diets. Today is also the day I leave for Nicaragua where among other projects, Convoy of Hope is working to provide food for children that currently pick through a dump in order to eat.

I am passionate about feeding kids, but I am even more passionate about ending hunger. At Convoy of Hope we’re fighting to end hunger by fostering education through in-school feeding programs, helping women find opportunities to provide for their families and working with farmers to find long term food-security solutions right at home.

What would the people that I’m privileged to work along side in places like Haiti and Kenya think of today’s holiday? Would the the 125,000 children in our feeding initiative wonder why such a day exists? Would the kids in the dump in Nicaragua be able to fathom that some people really can “eat whatever they want?”

Personally, I may celebrate in Nicaragua, a day off of Paleo sounds great! More importantly, today I’m challenged to work harder to ensure that more children will have the opportunity to decide what they will eat instead of wondering if they’ll eat.

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Children's Feeding / Program Updates
Convoy of Hope helped rebuild this home that was destroyed the the EF5 Joplin tornado. Convoy of Hope helped rebuild this home that was destroyed the the EF5 Joplin tornado.

Joplin is Rising Up

Today, Convoy of Hope photographer Jeremy Denief and I had the opportunity to make the 75 mile trek from Springfield to Joplin, Mo., as the city prepares to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the devastating tornado that struck on May 22, 2011. Where there once was a path of destruction left by the tornado, businesses and neighborhoods are rising up.

Among the reconstructed houses are 10 homes built (2 more on the way) by Convoy of Hope and our partners. We were able to spend good time visiting with a couple of the homeowners and they shared their gratitude for how Convoy of Hope has impacted their lives. We’ve been working in Joplin since the day the tornado hit and we’ve been documenting these homes since they were nothing but cleared lots. It’s nothing short of moving to stand in the newly built living room of thankful homeowner Doug as he thumbs through photos of what was his destroyed home.

As the two-year anniversary gets closer we will share more stories and photos and video right here at The Hope Supply.

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Disaster Services / Program Updates

Surviving a Tsunami

Now a little more than two years after Japan’s 9.0 earthquake and massive tsunami, I’m traveling the island nation’s northern coastline. Each place I travel unveils two similar roads. The massive scope of the disaster and the incredible heart of the survivors. Of all the disaster areas I have been to personally, this is the most vast and severe. According to estimates by the World Bank, the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami is the most costly disaster in world history.

The last few days I’ve kneeled and stood reliving two stories with survivors … unimaginable destruction and resilient hope. Here are a few run-ins with survivors who have been helped by the Amazing Grace Relief Center that Convoy of hope has helped to build and supply.

 

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