Tag: Children’s Feeding

Mishika’s Plan to Make a Mark in Her Community

“It felt like a big pain in my heart,” 12-year-old Mishika said as she described the poverty her family faced. But as a participant in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program in Sri Lanka, Mishika now has access to tasty, nutritious meals every school day.

Financial issues plagued Mishika’s house as long as she could remember. Her father worked odd jobs. Bills regularly went unpaid. Needs often went unaddressed.

“I had hoped one day I’ll study and give my parents a better life,” she said.

Mishika loves math and reading books, she dreams of being a lawyer, and she is well-respected among her peers. She carries so much hope in her heart, even the community leaders were surprised to learn of the constant need among her family.

“One of the things I learned from Mishika is that we can’t look at someone and make decisions about them,” said Melani Karunanayake, a Convoy of Hope partner in Sri Lanka. “We have no idea what they are currently facing in their life — it’s much harder than we think.”

As a participant in Convoy’s Children’s Feeding program, Mishika now has opportunities she once lacked: the chance to stay healthy, to focus in school, and to pursue her dreams of beginning a career that allows her to break the cycle of poverty and provide for others.

“I like to help the needy,” she said.

When COVID-19 struck her community, Mishika couldn’t go to school where she would normally receive hot, nutritious meals from Convoy of Hope. However, thanks to local partners and volunteers, she still received meals each school day while classes were not in session.

“We are happy with the meals provided to us,” she said gratefully.

Still, Mishika was eager to get back to school once she could safely return. “It was a great pleasure to start the school term after a long time,” she said.

Because of your support, hundreds of thousands of children like Mishika have the chance to start new lives full of hope and possibilities. Thank you for changing their stories.

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Convoy of Hope’s Team in the Philippines Hosts Virtual Visit

“Eight thousand miles away, our program volunteers send their greetings to all of you,” Stanley Yu said cheerfully as he and a group of volunteers stood on a hillside in the Bicol region. Stanley is Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Director in the Philippines.

In response, the group of volunteers shouted, “Mabuhay!”  — a phrase which translates to, “Live long!” in Filipino.

Convoy of Hope stays in close contact with team members around the world, but had to keep international travel to a minimum in 2020 due to the pandemic. However, local staff hosted a “virtual visit” to the Philippines so they could keep their teammates in the U.S. up to date on the initiatives they oversee.

The virtual visit included an opportunity to meet with Convoy of Hope’s team in the Philippines, question and answer sessions, commentary from our national director and in-country team members, interviews with program participants and volunteers, and updates on programmatic activities.

“This is representative of thousands of lives all across the Philippines — and for that matter, for the world in Convoy’s global work,” Kevin Rose, Convoy’s Senior Director of Partner Relations, said.

Convoy of Hope is incredibly grateful for those who support this work in the Philippines and around the world. To support Convoy and change the lives of people who have limited opportunity, click here.

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‘Keep Going and Keep Dreaming’: Jaan’s Story

“Keep going and keep dreaming.” 

That has been 8-year-old Jaan’s motto through the most difficult times in her life. Now a participant in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program in the Philippines, Jaan’s dreams have gotten bigger and more attainable. But COVID-19 has tested her motto and her willpower to a remarkable extent.

When the pandemic struck, Jaan was worried about the safety of her friends and family, but also about the loss of her father’s job. Jaan’s family already struggled financially. Without her father’s income, the ever-present threat of food insecurity loomed larger.

“It made me feel sad, and I pitied my parents,” she said. “What kept me going was the desire to help and support them in the future. That is why I want to finish my studies and earn more so I can help them.”

With her mind on where her next meal would come from, it was difficult for Jaan to focus on getting good grades. But when she joined Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program, the nutrients she received kept her mind and body strong so that she could do her best. Because she receives nutritious meals at school, she gets to eat, learn, have fun with friends, and work toward a better future — all in one place.

“I like that I can go to school and be part of the feeding program,” said Jaan. “The food Convoy of Hope provides helps me to be more active and healthy.”

With a full stomach and motivated by big dreams, Jaan finished her semester with excellent grades.Thanks to your support, hundreds of thousands of children regularly receive nutritious meals at schools around the world. To support Convoy of Hope as we continue to fight food insecurity, click here.

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‘I appreciate you’: Subira’s Message to You

At 5 years old, Subira has already experienced hardship. But as a participant in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program in Ethiopia, she has a reliable source of nutritious food to keep her full and healthy.

Subira lives in a small home with her parents and two siblings. She lost her twin brother, but she hasn’t let that tragedy keep her from being kind and hopeful. Even at her young age, Subira sees her parents struggling to provide for her family and knows that she can work hard to achieve a better future.

“My parents — especially my mother — don’t get enough money. She can’t find a better house for us,” she said. “When I go home, I can’t play because our house is very small. Our environment is also not clean.”

However, Subira has a plan to change the trajectory of the next generation. She excels at math and loves to draw. The food that she receives at school through Convoy of Hope keeps her strong and ensures that she can focus on learning and growing.

“I like all the food Convoy is providing for us,” she said. “It is all tasty. It makes me strong!”

With a good education, a full stomach, and hope for the future, Subira is determined to reach her full potential and provide for those around her.

Subira wanted the following message to reach the people who have contributed to giving her a better life: “I appreciate you. Thank you for the food you are providing.”

Because of your support, children like Subira can stay full, hopeful, and inspired to do great things. To contribute to Convoy of Hope as we work to change lives around the world, click here.

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Encouraged & Empowered: Elizabeth’s Story

“I am a widow and a mother of five,” said Elizabeth. “I work hard to try and make ends meet and my biggest help comes from the church.”

Elizabeth has been doing her best to care for her children since her husband’s death. But when the pandemic struck in Kenya, jobs became scarce. Elizabeth briefly described how she felt trying to feed her children while looking for stable employment: “Frustrated.”

Turning to her local church, a Convoy of Hope partner in Kenya, she found help and new opportunities. The church’s women’s group encouraged and supported her while she coped with her husband’s death. She labeled the food that her children received at school through Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program as the best thing that’s happened to her. The education she gained through our Women’s Empowerment program helped her understand her value and provided her with skills to begin a new, lucrative career.

“It reminds us that there are people who think about us,” Elizabeth said. “Thank God for Convoy!”

Since she first participated in Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program, Elizabeth’s focus changed as her immediate needs were met. Now, she shares hope with others. Next, she wants to make sure that those around her also have enough to feed their families.

Elizabeth hopes that others are encouraged by her story.

“With God, everything is possible,” she said.

Because of your support, Elizabeth, those around her, and others around the world are receiving hope. Thank you for changing her story.

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