Tag: Food Security

With Consistent Nourishment, Omar Realizes His Passions

“This place has changed my life in a lot of ways,” Omar said.

Since he was 3 years old, Omar has relied on one of Convoy of Hope’s program centers in Honduras to sustain him. Now 15, he has started pursuing a life outside the cycle of hopelessness.

“The food that we get here is different than what we get at home. Sometimes I don’t have food at home, but I know I will get food here,” Omar said.

Unfortunately, food insecurity was only one of the hurdles Omar had to overcome in his childhood. “My mom died when I was 6 years old, and my dad left. I was raised by my siblings,” he said. 

Despite the hardships he’s faced, Omar enjoys math and drawing. One day, he hopes to combine his passions and pursue a career as an architect. When he isn’t working on freelance projects, Omar remains devoted to furthering his education. “I’m just about to start at a technical school where I can study finance because I like math too.”

Ana Victoria, the director of the program center that Omar attends, takes pride in how nutritious the food is that Convoy of Hope provides. 

“The kids don’t normally get sick here,” Ana Victoria said. “We have very strong kids with a lot of energy.”

Omar’s program center serves 30 other kids. While there, they receive the nutrition they need to stay healthy, grow, and continue having hope.

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Children's Feeding / Program Updates

Full Meals, Full Futures

“It feels horrible to have a hole inside your belly and not be able to fill it,” David said. “I felt a great desperation.”

David, a teenager in Guatemala, has experienced plenty of hardship throughout the past year. When COVID-19 spread across his country, two of his sisters became ill and three members of his extended family died. His mother and father both lost their jobs and struggled to put food on the table.

Add Hurricanes Eta and Iota to the mix, both of which caused extensive damage across Central America, and it doesn’t seem hard to understand why David struggled to find hope.

Thankfully, Convoy of Hope’s presence in Guatemala meant that David and his family received help. Our in-country team provided them with nutritious food and the hope they needed.

“It helps me a lot because the food comes with good vitamins,” David said. “We made mashed potatoes with stuffed peppers and rice, and my mother mixed it with eggs. I put on a little more weight because I was thinner, and that really helped me a lot. Thank God we had a full meal, thanks to you.”

Thanks to our supporters, people like David no longer have to worry where they will get their next meal. Thank you for helping to change his story and provide his family with hope.

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Children's Feeding / Program Updates

‘I will make it better’; Sifa’s Decision to Start a Business Changes Everything

Sifa felt trapped. Weighed down with responsibilities and limitations, she didn’t know what to do to lift her family out of poverty. Her four children were undernourished, but the local community discouraged women from contributing to their families by making an income.

“There is nothing more we could do or change,” Sifa said. “I wished for so many things that were just a fairy tale at the time.”

Things changed after Sifa discovered Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment initiative.

“I was surprised at how blinded I was! I didn’t know that I could be anything I wanted to be, change my husband’s perception, help my family to be better, and see beyond. After my first class, I got out of there with one thing in my mind: I will make it better.”

She did. And Convoy of Hope was with her every step of the way.

Sifa started her own business selling Maasai blankets. She quickly made enough profit to start another business, this time selling sugar. Then those two businesses did so well that she started selling rice.

“I manage all this because Convoy of Hope didn’t just train us, they go with us all the way,” Sifa said. “I couldn’t afford to buy my children new clothes. Now, I can even buy gifts for my husband and I can afford clothes and shoes for my kids. My husband became supportive, understanding, loving.”

Sifa now plans to buy a sewing machine so she can make her own custom merchandise and sell it at a better price. She’s feeding her children herself, her marriage is better, and her community has even started to change because of the example she is setting.

That’s the power of hope. Thank you for the part you play in empowering women like Sifa.

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Program Updates / Women's Empowerment