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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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Giving Tuesday Now

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow — a global day of giving and unity addressing the needs caused by COVID-19. All around the world, people are using today as an opportunity to leverage the power of generosity to remain connected, heal, and help others.

As Convoy of Hope continues to supply millions of meals to those hit hardest by the pandemic, you can join us by supporting our Beyond 10 Million Meals initiative. We’ve made it easy with these digital assets you can download for free. You can also start a Facebook fundraiser, give online, or just be extra kind to others.

However you decide to go “beyond” today, know it will make a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Be sure to spread the word and share with us on social media! You can follow Convoy of Hope on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @ConvoyofHope!

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Online Retailer Gives Back During Crisis

Leticia Cline anticipated that things were going to get busy for her and her staff.

She owns Genuine Replacement Parts, which offers the largest selection of appliance parts available on the internet. As soon as stay-at-home orders went into effect at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leticia thought more people might turn to the internet for their replacement part needs. She was right, and their business saw growth.

Leticia and her team knew they had to do something more during these difficult times. Giving back was nothing new — it was something that she, husband Jack, and office manager Cody Bowling have built into the company’s DNA.

“We believe the heart of what we do is taking care of those around us” says Cody. “Starting with our own staff and reaching out to our community, we need to make a difference for the hurting and those in need.”

There are several criteria that Leticia and the team look for when considering charitable partners, They want the dollars they donate to stretch as far as possible and help as many people as possible. Specific things — like overhead costs, a good charity rating, and a trusted reputation — matter a lot to them.

Having previous worked with Convoy of Hope through her church, Leticia did some more research into our COVID-19 response. She knew she’d found the partner her company was looking for.

“There are so many people hurting right now in our own community and in our own country,” she said. “You guys have hit the ground running, delivering food, delivering hope, delivering what people need.”

She quickly made a donation to the 10 Million Meals initiative, which has delivered more than 10 million meals to vulnerable communities suffering from the economic fallout caused by the virus. As a business owner, she hopes other companies that are doing well amidst the crisis would act to help others, too.

“We have a responsibility to take care of each other. Not everybody is as blessed and fortunate as we are, and we should reach out and take care of them during these tough times. I would challenge them to do so.”

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Even in Disaster, People Help Others

There’s a story often told in popular movies, television, books, and video games — when disaster strikes, society crumbles and people turn against each other. It’s a fear that many people can have now during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Fortunately, that is a myth.

A research group within the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has  found that “disaster victims are assisted first by others in the immediate vicinity and surrounding area and only later by official public safety personnel […] The spontaneous provision of assistance is facilitated by the fact that when crises occur, they take place in the context of ongoing community life and daily routines — that is, they affect not isolated individuals, but rather people who are embedded in networks of social relationships.” 

In other words, society does not collapse during and after a disaster. Instead, people spontaneously come together to face the difficulties before them and recover as a community.

When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, there was a delay in getting relief supplies to the affected area as response organizations had to find creative ways to even get to the island. During that time, Puerto Ricans could have lost hope and abandoned one another — but that didn’t happen. “The circumstances have obligated people to work together,” said Sarah, a second-grade teacher in Puerto Rico. “Everybody has to depend on each other.”

Convoy of Hope sees compassion overcome fear day after day, disaster after disaster. Whether it’s following a disaster or facing poverty, we join with people all over the world to strengthen communities and share kindness in the good times and the bad.

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