Tag: Food Security

Convoy of Hope Provides Aid in South Sudan

“The journey was so hard,” 17-year-old Kenyi told the UN Refugee Agency regarding her harrowing journey from South Sudan to Uganda. “The sun was very hot, and we had trouble finding food and water. Our uncle decided to turn back, but we continued on because we wanted to go to school.”

Since 2011, tribal conflict has displaced millions of South Sudanese people, causing one of the largest refugee crises in the world. 

To date, an estimated 2 million people have been displaced inside South Sudan and another 2 million have crossed the border into Uganda, Ethiopia, or Sudan to find safety. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 83% of those displaced are women and children.

In recent months, effects of the pandemic, droughts, and locust infestations have added to food security concerns. 

With the help of our partners on the ground, Convoy of Hope is providing food parcels to displaced families. These food parcels help to provide food security and to stimulate the economy through local purchasing.

“The aim is to increase the resilience and health of vulnerable people and decrease the instability and stress that they face,” said Mackenzie Edwards of Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team. “When our partners in South Sudan heard the funding was coming through, they wept because they know how great the need is.”

With your help, Convoy can provide food and other resources for those who can’t find such things themselves. Thank you for your generosity.

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New statistics show great need but also opportunities for hope

For the first time in more than two decades, global extreme poverty rates rose in 2020. Unsurprisingly, the pandemic was a large factor in this change. Experts estimate that the number of those who live in extreme poverty, i.e., on less than $1.90 per day, may rise by as many as 150 million in 2021.

Though news about COVID-19 has taken a more optimistic turn in many parts of the world, the pandemic’s disruption of the global supply chain has continued to impact farmers who no longer have access to seeds for next year’s crops and others who lack access to the supplies necessary to stay in the workforce.

The pandemic also continues to have a harrowing effect on food insecurity. An estimated 820 million people are undernourished — 130 million of which became undernourished within the past year due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The instability of the global supply chain creates many complexities and, often, unforeseen challenges,” said Heath Adamson, Convoy of Hope’s Vice President of Global Program. “Convoy of Hope is not backing down. We are as committed as ever to deliver hope in these times — to children, women, and families all over the world.”

Although needs are still prevalent on the global stage, other statistics show a more hopeful view of the big picture. On average, extreme poverty rates have decreased 75% in the last 30 years.

Despite disasters, humanitarian crises, COVID-19, and other seemingly hopeless situations, the work that you support through Convoy of Hope has a massive impact on millions of lives. Even in the face of insurmountable odds, together, we can feed the world and provide hope for those who need it most.

To support Convoy of Hope’s Feed the World Fund, 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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Children's Feeding

Meals in Mathare Valley

In the Mathare Valley in Nairobi, Kenya, food, clothing, and education are hard to come by. That’s why Convoy of Hope partners with Mama Jane to feed underserved children every school day.

Now, more than 1,000 children in the area receive healthy meals every day they meet for school.

“The food is very balanced,” Faith, a student at the center, said. “It helps our bodies, it always gives us energy, and it even prevents us from being sick … I like this school very much!”

Because of your support, more than 387,000 children like Faith receive help, hope, and nutritious meals in communities around the world. Thank you for giving them the chance they need to build a brighter future.

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Children's Feeding

Food & Fortitude: Jessa’s Story

Meals can change lives. For a child, having access to healthy food can mean the difference between a hopeful future and one of desperate instability.

Jessa knows this well.

She and her parents live in a small, unfinished home in the Philippines. She likes to play with her friends, enjoys her classes at school, and aims to excel in all that she does. But Jessa often didn’t have the chance to focus on her dreams. There were bigger problems she had to face each day.

“When my parents argued about finances, I felt almost like giving up,” Jessa said.

The strain of food insecurity took a heavy toll on Jessa and her family. Daily uncertainty and insufficient nutrition left little room for her to enjoy being a child.

“I was hoping I could finish my school life [with] a good feeling and in good condition,” she said. “I do not want to remain a child. I want to grow up faster so that I can help my poor family.”

But with more hope and stronger food security, everything changed for Jessa. Now, she receives full, nutritious meals every school day through Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program.

“Convoy of Hope food is very helpful in our daily lives, especially our meal every day,” Jessa said.

Full of strength and energy and with a full stomach, Jessa can now focus on her dreams. “I am strong enough to face the trials in my life and to reach what I want,” she said. “I like my life now.”

Thank you for changing Jessa’s story and giving her the opportunity to achieve her goals.

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