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Distributing hygiene kits are an essential part of Convoy of Hope's response to COVID-19. Distributing hygiene kits are an essential part of Convoy of Hope's response to COVID-19.

Get Involved by making hygiene kits

Even though the world is keeping their social distance, there are still plenty of opportunities to be kind that keep everyone safe. One way you can help others right now is by building hygiene kits. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

1.  Download the hygiene kit instructions.
2.  Assemble your kit.
3.  Send your kit to Convoy of Hope.

With the help of volunteers all over the country, we send tens of thousands of these kits to families in need every year. They help moms, dads, and kids get back on their feet in situations that can feel overwhelming, regardless of whether it’s because of a natural disaster or a global pandemic.

Build your kit today and be a part of the kindness revolution.

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Program Updates

Convoy of Hope prepares for above-normal hurricane season

June 1 marks the first day of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, are expecting an above-normal hurricane season this year. They predict there will be 13 to 19 named storms, 3 to 6 of which might develop into major hurricanes. 

When not responding to an active disaster, Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team is constantly preparing and training. This is especially important in light of the expectation that the new hurricane season will be more active than normal. We are committed to helping as many as we can for as long as we can. 

“Even though our Disaster Services teams have been responding to the COVID-19 crisis for the last three months, we’re still prepared to respond to the forecasted busy season,” Convoy of Hope Senior Director of U.S. Disaster Services Stacy Lamb says. “We’re always ready to respond as needed.”

While disaster relief organizations prepare, it’s important for you and your family to be prepared, too. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has several preparedness resources available at ready.gov/hurricanes. It’s important to create a plan with your family, gather supplies, and make sure you can receive all the appropriate warnings and alerts. 

You can follow Convoy of Hope on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on all our responses. 

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Program Updates

Ivania’s Story – Women’s Empowerment

Since piloting Mothers’ Clubs in 2012, the Convoy of Hope Women’s Empowerment program has been training, educating, and empowering women in Honduras. Ivania — a wife and mother of three — has experienced the success of the program and looks forward to new opportunities in the future. 

Before attending Women’s Empowerment classes, Ivania cared for her three young children and ran her own business while her husband, David, worked at the local gas station. Despite their hard work, they struggled to provide for all of their family’s needs.

“Before, there were a lot of bad situations,” she says. “For example, there was no food for lunches. It was hard. The kids often didn’t have diapers or milk. I didn’t have the money to afford them. There were a lot of struggles before.”

With just a sixth grade education, Ivania joined the Women’s Empowerment program to help get her business off the ground. She cherishes the information she has learned since being involved in Women’s Empowerment, such as customer service, business accounting, and investing. “I didn’t know any of this before I met Convoy,” Ivania says. 

Ivania has set a goal of saving 6,000 lempira and has managed to save more than anyone else in the program. In order to meet her goal, she spends a majority of her business days delivering and fulfilling orders for her customers. She continues to grow her business through word of mouth but hopes to have a brick and mortar store someday. 

Ivania is thankful for the experience and knowledge she has gained through the Women’s Empowerment program and the impact it has had on her life. 

“Convoy taught me everything I know about business, and I’m putting it into practice. This is all a reality because of everything that Convoy taught me. The Convoy staff gave me confidence, and now I consider them my friends.” 

Thanks to friends like you for supporting the efforts of Women’s Empowerment and changing the lives of women around the world. 

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Convoy of Hope trucks carrying relief supplies crisscross the country. Convoy of Hope trucks carrying relief supplies crisscross the country.

Convoy of Hope Receives ‘Four Star Charity’ Rating for 17th Consecutive Year

Convoy of Hope is happy to announce that, for the 17th straight year, we have received Charity Navigator’s ‘Four Star Charity’ rating!

Financial accountability and transparency are vital when considering which charitable organizations to support. To that end, Convoy of Hope works tirelessly to ensure we meet and exceed the best practices of our industry. That’s why every year since 2002, we’ve done what was necessary to obtain Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating.

Currently, nearly 90% of every dollar raised by Convoy of Hope goes directly to programming. The remaining covers our administrative and fundraising costs. Convoy of Hope’s commitment to keeping our overhead low demonstrates our determination to efficiently deliver help and hope to people in need.

Convoy of Hope’s profile on Charity Navigator can be found here.

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