Tag: Children’s Feeding

Celebrating World Health day with Proper Nutrition in the Philippines

Nutritious meals can change the course of children’s lives. Having regular access to healthy food can mean the difference between a full, meaningful life and one of desperate insecurity.

Labhika is a perfect example. She used to go to school weak and unable to focus. The food insecurity her family faced put good grades at the bottom of her to-do list. When Labhika went home, she took care of her sick mother and struggled with grief from the loss of her younger brother. As the eldest child, it was Labhika’s responsibility to help maintain the household, care for her younger siblings, and help her father with chores. As a farmer, her father provided for the family in certain seasons, but couldn’t at other times of the year.

When Labhika began participating in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program, everything changed.

“It’s delicious!” she said of the food she received. Her favorite dish is rice and soy mixed with sauteed vegetables. Labhika proudly pointed out that she felt full.

Now that Labhika gets a warm and nutritious meal at school every day, she finds it much easier to concentrate and get good grades.

Full hearts and full lives are often a byproduct of full stomachs. Now that Labhika is excelling in her classes, she has taken it upon herself to help other classmates study and receive good grades. One day, she wants to be a teacher. She is also a running candidate for class valedictorian.

“Last year in the Philippines alone, we reached nearly 19,000 children through our Children’s Feeding efforts,” Convoy of Hope’s International Program Partner Relations Manager Erin-Rae Peace said. “What’s so incredible is that these are children who represent individual lives that are forever changed.”

For just $10, you can feed a child every school day for an entire month. This World Health Day, click here to learn more about how you can join in this mission.

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Julian’s Story: From Despair to Big Dreams

COVID-19 completely changed 11-year-old Julian’s life. “I felt sad,” he said. “I was anxious for this to be over, to go out and play, see my friends, go to school.”

Quarantine orders kept him inside the floorless, one-room home that he shared with five other members of his family. They had no running water and only two beds to share. When Julian’s mother got sick and his father lost his job laying bricks, Julian felt entirely helpless. With hunger and health concerns looming, hope seemed far out of reach.

“My father was unemployed. We had no food due to lack of money,” Julian said. “But that’s when you gave us [food].”

Now, as a participant in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program, Julian has access to hot and nutritious meals. Since he no longer has to worry about food insecurity, Julian is free to focus on his schoolwork, his artwork, and his dream of becoming a chef. His next goal is to reach a point where he can support the rest of his family.

“To my brothers and my mother, I want to give them what they need … their expenses,” he said. “The same for my father; I want to help him.”

Thanks to support from people like you, Julian can continue spreading hope to his family and his community. Thank you for changing his story.

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Children’s Feeding: More Than Just a Full Belly

Tanzania is one of the many places where Convoy of Hope is changing lives. Children at multiple primary schools eat meals every school day thanks to your generosity. We recently saw how your partnership is making a difference.

Founded by Pastor Glorious Shoo, Fountain of Hope Primary School has more than 300 students, and 70% of them are either living in poverty or are orphaned. Pastor Shoo said he started the school because he felt called to love children through education. But to truly help them, he needed resources and food that he didn’t have.

After partnering with Convoy of Hope, students at the school are now fed every day the doors are open.

“We thank God for the heart you have … we are really enjoying the manna packs you have for us,” said Pastor Shoo. “You are good, and we are blessed for what you have done for us.”

Each of the containers Convoy of Hope sends contains food like fortified rice, manna, and different kinds of bread for the children to eat. Two of the shipping containers are already empty, and the third is almost finished. The school is planning on turning the containers themselves into libraries.

“This manna pack is just good, and all of us like it,” said Vera, one of the 300 students at Fountain of Hope. She shared that, to her, the manna packs were more than just a full belly. She said they changed her life and the lives of her entire family.

Fountain of Hope is only one of the many schools that Convoy of Hope partners with in Tanzania. This work is multiplied all over the country through the generosity of our network of supporters and partners. Because of the work being done today in the lives of children, the future of the communities we serve is bright. 

To join our efforts and provide help where it is needed most, click here.

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