Tag: Convoy of Hope Europe

Staff Spotlight: Bringing hope in the darkest hour

Growing up in Portugal from the age of six through high school, Chris Dudley has truly lived an international life. After high school, Chris lived in many places like Minnesota, Florida, Brussels and Denmark. Now, as Convoy of Hope’s Director of International Disaster Response, Chris continues to travel, preparing for and responding to disasters all over the world.

What brought you to Convoy of Hope?

The guy who started Convoy of Hope Europe had been a missionary in Portugal when I lived there. He has known me since I was six years old. So, he asked if I wanted to come and work with him.

How often do you travel?

About once a month. It depends on the year and what’s going on in the world. I go to all of our focus countries to help get prepositioned disaster relief supplies in-country, work with our staff to try to be prepared and then respond to disasters.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I get to eat all over the planet. I get to eat some of the strangest and grossest food at times, and some of the most delicious, amazing food at other times.

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten?

There’s nothing like Lebanese food. Lebanese food is absolutely amazing.

What are some of the biggest disasters you have been responded to? 

Haiti was the first really big one that I was a part of and I wasn’t even really on the disaster team at that point. I was still in Europe. So, I came over to represent the Europe office. And then, probably next to that, would be Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, which was a monster of a storm. I spent A LOT of time in the Philippines after that. I thought about becoming a citizen because it just would’ve made my life easier, going in and out of the airport in Manila.

What do people not realize about disaster response?

People, I think, watch TV and they see very sensational images that kind of pull at their heart strings, which it should. But, I think people who have never lived through a disaster don’t understand the depth of how it impacts an individual. Disaster can have a lifetime effect on people. So by us going in and helping people in sort of their darkest hour, for me, is really fulfilling.

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Ukrainian Refugees Receive Help from COHEU

Recently, for the first time in program history, Convoy of Hope (COHEU) hosted an outreach event in Siberia.

COHEU was granted entrance into Siberia — giving them the opportunity to reach out to Ukrainian refugees living in the area. “Access to the country has been nearly impossible for years,” says Michael McNamee, president of COHEU. “Hosting an event in Siberia is truly a miracle.”

COHEU distributed food, water and supplies to Ukranian refugees in Siberia and also delivered supplies to the orphans and elderly in the community who suffer from low standards of living.

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COHEU Continues to Aid Refugees

Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) continues to respond to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. However, they are concentrating most of their efforts on the camp that has been set up in Calais, France, known as The Jungle.
This week, teams from Holland, Belgium and France will assist with the first ever Christmas outreach there. The program will consist of music, a general food distribution and gift boxes for the kids.

All of the refugees that live in the compound around the area have had their flimsy tents replaced by stronger, but basic wooden structures built by volunteers from the local church.

About 30 miles away, in the city of Dunkirk, there is another camp that hosts 1,800 refugees. COHEU will distribute Christmas gifts to the kids there and will take this camp on as a new project.
Because the refugees are using all types of improvised ways to cook their food and keep warm, COHEU is asking for help to buy more rain ponchos and stoves, as they continue to take significant strides to reach as many Syrian refugees as possible.
For more information, please visit convoyofhope.eu.
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COHEU Provides Wood Stoves in Ukraine

Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) is helping the residents of Donbass, Ukraine, who have been caught in the violence between Ukrainian troops and separatist forces, leaving many without power and access to clean water.

COHEU distributed wood stoves to 300 families to provide heat for their homes, along with seeds for families to grow and store food for the coming winter months.

Local volunteers have been equipped to distribute supplies, administer aid and counsel affected residents.

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