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World Refugee Day

As conflict and famine develop in a country, a new normal arises — violence escalates, crops and herds are destroyed and women and children are at the mercy of traffickers — forcing families to move, leaving everything they’ve known behind. Convoy of Hope steps in to offer these refugee families hope through education, emotional support, food, clothing and other important relief necessities.

Hope in Lebanon

In Lebanon, Convoy of Hope currently feeds more than a 1,000 refugee children in urban areas and encampments. Mehar and her family, who escaped to Lebanon from Syria, were often forced to beg for food from their neighbors. Now she receives a meal every school day through Convoy’s nutrition program, relieving financial pressures on her family and encouraging her continued education.

We also restore livelihoods through Women’s Empowerment programming, helping mothers to start their own businesses for a source of income. Doing so allows their children to attend school rather than having to earn money to supplement household expenses.

Hope in Uganda

In Uganda, Convoy of Hope has stepped in with programs reconciling women to their dignity by restoring access to food and clean water, hygiene kits and trauma care. Rose is one of more than 1 million South Sudanese refugees currently in Uganda. She struggled with chronic malnutrition, but after participating in Convoy’s nutrition program for pregnant and lactating women, her health has improved. Along with a therapeutic food supplement, she received training in nutrition, hygiene, and gardening. Rose cites the lack of information as a main reason why so many women are malnourished.

Hope in the Middle East and Europe

In the Middle East and Europe, Convoy of Hope is assessing a priority of needs among refugees and internally displaced families as conflicts escalate. In 2017, Convoy was able to serve thousands of displaced people in areas like Afghanistan, Jordan, Spain and Moldova through relief items like clothing, hygiene kits and winter weather kits.

We applaud the resilience of refugee women and children who, with your help, are re-stabilizing their households, redeeming their childhoods and resuming their lives from within their new normal. On this World Refugee Day, join us in supporting displaced families around the world at convoy.org/refugees.

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Advocacy / Children's Feeding

Good vs. Great: Students supporting feedONE

feedONE Collegiate Coordinator Tom Trask and his wife, Missi, have served as the University of Missouri Chi Alpha Directors for 13 years. They have spent half of that time advocating for feedONE, by empowering their students in acts of compassion, generosity and kindness.

When the group took on feedONE as their philanthropy partner nearly six years ago, they wanted to find something that reached beyond their own campus.

GOOD VERSUS GREAT

“I want them to understand good versus great,” Trask says. “This is not something that is good—it’s something that is great.”

In their first year as a feedONE partner, the University of Missouri Chi Alpha chapter raised a little more than $1,400. This past November, the students raised more than $40,000 during their annual feedONE month.

The students participated in creative and competitive fundraising as a way to raise support for children in the feedONE program. One small group set up a car bash, while other students held bake sales, threw special dinners, played in dodgeball tournaments and performed music.

In March, a group of students volunteered at the Convoy of Hope World Distribution Center, bagging hygiene kits and more than 5,000 meals.

“The difference it has made in the heart of our students — when they see a need, they step up,” Trask says.

FEEDING THE FUTURE 

Tom and Missi continue to instill a passion for feedONE and encourage a life of compassion for students on the University of Missouri campus. They are not only changing the lives of the children in feedONE, but also the lives of students and future leaders.

As they continue to make an impact at the University of Missouri, Tom and Missi look forward to other universities and schools partnering with feedONE.

“Just to watch the compassion grow, it’s contagious,” Trask says. “It’s contagious to inspire each other to greater things.”

feedONE and Convoy of Hope are proud to partner with students and leaders, like Tom and Missi, who actively demonstrate their compassion and kindness for children across the world. Find out how to get involved on your campus today at feedone.com/campus.

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Advocacy / Children's Feeding / Inspiration / Join the Convoy / Volunteering

Students’ partner with Convoy of Hope in rocket stove competition

Students from Missouri State and Evangel University took to the Evangel courtyard Wednesday, March 21, to take part in a rocket stove competition, in partnership with Convoy of Hope.

The Applied Sustainability class, taught by Evangel Professor and Convoy of Hope Senior Director of Program Effectiveness and Training Jason Streubel, is a course designed to engage students in analyzing and solving the world’s humanitarian needs.

A rocket stove is a fuel and heat efficient stove, that uses combustion and ventilation to produce heat while conserving fuel. Usually found in developing countries, the cost efficient stove produces almost no smoke and is a staple in areas with a low supply of fuel sources.

We have a winner

Students were required to build their rocket stove out of household or repurposed items. The goal was to get the stove to boil a pot of water for 10 minutes at 100 degrees Celsius — the time and temperature required to sanitize contaminated water.

Scott McElveen, a graduate student in Missouri States Agricultural Science program, completed the ten minute boil. His rocket stove, a combination of coffee cans and aluminum foil, held 100 degrees for 14 minutes.

“If you were in a foreign country, you could drink that water,” McElveen said smiling.

How Convoy uses rocket stove technology

Convoy of Hope works in developing countries around the world through Children’s Feeding, Women’s Empowerment and Agriculture initiatives. To improve the lives of people we serve, we are beginning to implement clean stove technology.

“How do you burn a stove while being fuel efficient and heat efficient?” Streubel said. “That’s what we are trying to find out.”

Right now, a manufactured rocket stove would cost someone in Kenya about two days wages. In countries like El Salvador and Nicaragua, rocket stove materials are limited to natural resources like stone, brick, clay and cob.

One Missouri State student, Cady Goble, used cob to build her rocket stove. Her cob mixture — a combination of clay, sand and prairie grass — is a variation of what most people use to build rocket stoves in our program countries. Like many of the people we serve, Goble understands the benefits to using natural resources.

“Anyone can make it using the resources around them,” Goble said. “It’s also scalable, it could be used for someone’s home.”

Along with creativity, cost, and heat efficiency, scalability is one of the benefits Streubel analyzed.

“We want to produce this in a way that is not just good for individuals, but in a way that could provide for whole families—or even schools,” Streubel said.

Streubel is analyzing the successes and failures of the classes’ models and using them to further his team’s knowledge of rocket stoves and how to manufacture them on a larger scale. With this additional information, Convoy of Hope can continue to implement clean stove technology in the lives of the people we serve — offering cleaner, fuel efficient methods of cooking and hope for a better tomorrow.

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Join the Convoy / News

JQH and Convoy of Hope Provide Hope

John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts announced that the company was recently honored with Marriott International, Inc.’s 2016 Spirit to Serve Award during the MINA and Full Service Owners Conference. The world’s largest hotel company recognized JQH’sserving in the community, which aligns with Marriott’s initiatives of: employee volunteerism, in-kind and cash donations, non-profit organizations supported, and community activities and partnerships. Springfield, Missouri-based JQH is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, including operating more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space.

Marriott noted JQH’s efforts to make a significant impact on the lives of children and families in the United States and abroad through their national philanthropic partnership with Convoy of Hope, an international relief organization. Through JQH’s Legacy of Giving cause with Convoy of Hope, an average of 562 children per month have been fed and supported since the partnership began in August of 2015. In addition, since August of 2015, enough funding has been provided to Convoy of Hope to deliver more than $1,000,000 worth of goods and services, including groceries, health screenings, hot meals and career service training, to children and families in need through COH community events.

Marriott also commended JQH for the company’s successful participation in Project SEARCH, a nine-month school-to-work program for students with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities. Participating JQH hotels assisted more than 100 high school students in the Project SEARCH program with acquiring competitive, marketable and transferrable skills to enable them to apply for their desired field of employment.

“Mr. Hammons set community service as an operating pillar of JQH more than 50 years ago, and the spirit of giving continues to thrive at the company,” said Joe Morrissey, JQH’s senior vice president of operations. “We feel honored to be recognized as Marriott International’s Spirit to Serve Award recipient and look forward to continuing to support our local and global communities in diverse ways.”

Marriott International recognized JQH with the Spirit to Preserve Award in 2015 and 2013 for continuing to show support and focus on sustainability practices.

Via: Business Wire

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In the News / Partner Spotlight

feedONE Fights Hunger on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. During a season when Black Friday and Cyber Monday steal the headlines, Giving Tuesday gives us the opportunity to give back.

This year, our children’s feeding initiative, feedONE, is uniting people around the world to help 785 kids at Coeur Joyeux Meilleur School in Haiti win the food fight. These kids come to school every day eager to learn but often times hunger robs their focus and concentration.

According to the World Food Programme, 2.5 million Haitians live in extreme poverty and struggle to find enough food each day. For just $10 — the price of a pizza or movie ticket — you can provide a child with nutritious food for an entire month!

When children have the proper amount of nutrition, they are able to focus in school, have energy to play and just be a kid. Hunger and poverty are two very prevalent issues we see around the world today. No child deserves to go hungry — especially during the holiday season.

Your generosity can help children in Haiti win the fight against hunger and poverty. Give back this holiday season and help end hunger by clicking here.

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