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Forbes Ranks Convoy of Hope in Top 100 Charities

Convoy of Hope is thrilled to announce that we have been included on Forbes’ 2020 list of “America’s Top Charities”!

With more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the United States, it’s a huge honor for us to be ranked among the top 100. In 2019, Convoy of Hope ranked 82nd on this list. Since then, we have increased our standing to 75th.

Forbes assesses nonprofit organizations based on charitable commitment and fundraising efficiency. Convoy of Hope received high marks in both categories.

This news came shortly after Good Housekeeping included Convoy of Hope in their “The 50 Best Charities to Give to Right Now” list.

The recognition we receive from publications like Forbes and Good Housekeeping is a direct result of those who actively choose to join us in our mission. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the lives of those who need hope the most.

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How to change the world in 2021

It’s a new year and many of us need a fresh start. Whether it’s setting up ways to be more generous, finding new opportunities to volunteer, or being proactive in your kindness, here are several ways you can make 2021 the year you start changing the world for the better.

 

Smart Giving

Use these apps and platforms to make being generous even easier!

  • RoundUp – Use this app to “round up” your purchases to donate a few cents each time you make a transaction. It might not seem like a lot, but your donation will go a long way and we’re thankful for every penny.
  • Amazon Smile – By selecting Convoy of Hope in your Amazon Smile profile, a portion of every purchase you make helps us serve those in need.
  • Alexa – If you use any Alexa-enabled device, simply say, “Alexa, make a donation to Convoy of Hope,” and they will help you donate any amount using your Amazon Pay account.
  • PayPal, Amazon Pay, & Apple Pay – Convoy of Hope is an option for giving on each of these platforms.
  • Recurring Donation – You can set up a recurring on Convoy of Hope’s website to donate whatever amount you choose each month to help us in our mission to feed the world.

 

Volunteering

Search around your local community for ways to volunteer your time or look for opportunities to help your favorite organization from the comfort of your own home. Here’s how you can volunteer with Convoy of Hope:

  • Build Hygiene & Baby Care Kits – Visit convoyofhope.org/kits for instructions on how to build these kits from simple items you can buy from your local store. Then, pack them up and ship them to Convoy’s headquarters, where our staff will help to distribute the kits across the world.
  • Learn about Convoy of Hope’s volunteer opportunities at events or our headquarters at convoyofhope.org/volunteer.

 

For more ways to make a positive impact on the world this year, follow us (@convoyofhope) on social media.

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Josefina’s Story

Josefina dons her blue apron — embroidered with “Convoy of Hope” on the front — and starts the tour of her tienda. The mild Nicaraguan winters mean she can leave her front door open for potential customers.

“I started off selling ice, but now I’ve invested in other things to sell,” she explains. “I have chickens I can sell for meat and eggs. I also sell popsicles and other goods. My goal is to expand this and own my own grocery store.”

Josefina looks taken aback as she speaks, almost as if she can’t believe what she’s saying. That’s because she was in a very different situation only one year ago. Unable to buy groceries without going into debt, she enrolled in Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment initiative as soon as she knew it was a possibility.

“I participated, and I didn’t miss any of the sessions,” she says with a laugh.

After she graduated, she opened her shop and saved money. It couldn’t have come at a better time. Several medical emergencies took place in her family that she was able to pay for without going into debt — something she never would have been able to do before opening her business.

As Josefina walks around her store, she points proudly to a piece of paper hanging on the wall. It’s the diploma she received when she graduated from the Women’s Empowerment program. With tears in her eyes, she says, “I want my children to be in school and study, so they don’t have to struggle the way I have.”

Thanks to Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program, women around the world like Josefina are ending the cycles of poverty in their families and communities, while also cultivating hope for future generations.

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Celebrating World Food Day

It’s World Food Day! Thanks to your support, Convoy of Hope is bringing hope to millions as part of our driving passion to feed the world. This includes feeding more than 300,000 kids through our Children’s Feeding program and providing more than 125 million meals to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our original goal was to provide 10 million meals to Americans hit hardest by the coronavirus. But because of the incredible support of Convoy of Hope’s friends, we surpassed that goal — by a lot.

Yes, World Food Day for Convoy of Hope is about feeding as many kids as we possibly can, but our heart still lies with each individual kid. The numbers are great, but when kids like Rachel in El Salvador hold a plate of hot food, it reminds us of the potential within every child we feed. A massive smile on her face, Rachel knows the power of a good meal. “The food that we get here benefits us all a lot,” she said. “Because some of us that come here haven’t had lunch and we know that we can have lunch here. And that’s good for all of us.”

Hunger is very real for many kids in the U.S., and COVID-19 and it’s economic effects have compounded the severity of their situation. Convoy of Hope has filled more than 2,800 requests from partners in the U.S. who have been distributing food to kids and their families.

According to the Global Nutrition Report, approximately half of all deaths of children under 5 can be linked to undernutrition. These deaths primarily occur in low-income and middle-income countries. Today, as we celebrate World Food Day, let’s take a minute to be grateful for what we have and refresh our commitment to feeding those in need. Together, we are feeding the world and — day by day — it’s becoming a better place.

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Convoy Distributes Food & Other Supplies Worldwide

Hurricanes Irma and Maria decimated much of the British Virgin Islands in 2017. Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services quickly deployed teams and sent emergency food, water, and supplies to survivors. Because of the devastation to the country’s infrastructure, the most effective way to help families was to charter a massive ship outfitted with hundreds of thousands of gallons of fresh water, 3 million meals, and tons of relief supplies.

How we get food, water, and relief supplies to their final destinations can vary for each of our programs: 

  • For Community Events and Rural Compassion Initiative, we transport relief almost always via trucks. Our fleet of semis and tractor-trailers does the majority of the hauling, though we occasionally contract the work out if a response is particularly demanding.
  • For our international initiatives — Children’s Feeding, Agriculture, and Women’s Empowerment — distribution is as unique as the countries they arrive in. Planes, barges, boats, trucks, and cars can all play a part in getting food, water, and other supplies to the more than 1,300 communities we work in throughout 18 countries.
  • Disaster Services can fall into either category. If a disaster occurs in the U.S., supplies usually arrive by truck. If it is an international disaster, they can arrive in a variety of ways, including by boat! Oftentimes, supplies are purchased within the country itself or in a neighboring country to expedite the process. (It can take weeks for a container to ship from the U.S.)

Since 1994, we’ve used donkeys, tractor-trailers, airplanes, forklifts, skidsteers, boats, and good old-fashioned humanpower to deliver relief to some of the hardest-to-reach places on earth. We’re not afraid to go to great and creative lengths to make sure the hungry are fed.

 

During Convoy of Hope’s response to hurricanes Maria and Irma, the opportunity to do something big — really big — appeared on the horizon. Convoy of Hope chartered the Roger White, a 300-foot shipping vessel, to bring $2 million worth of food, water, and relief supplies to the islands’ residents.

 

In response to an earthquake that struck Japan, Convoy of Hope shipped containers of food and other resources to the island.

 

Convoy of Hope, in partnership with another organization, airdrops food to survivors who would otherwise go hungry.

 

As wildfires rage across the Great Plains, one Missouri farmer makes a unique donation of hay for farmers who need to feed their cattle. “It’s your whole livelihood when you farm,” he says. “I can’t think about what they’re going through. What I’m doing is just a small part.”

 

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