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Hope in Slovakia

The Roma people are one of the largest ethnic minorities in the world who have no home country. Spread throughout Europe, their reputation and history have brought significant prejudice and abuse upon them.

“They have an intensely private culture and usually oppose help from outside their community,” says Michael McNamee, former Regional Director of Convoy of Hope Europe.

The Roma live in separate settlements outside of towns, many of which have no power, running water, or even weather-proofed homes. Entire families live in shantys — their homes consisting of rotting plywood, collapsed roofs, and walls with gaping holes. And yet, families with little children live there in the middle of the cold Slovak winters.

Slovakia has one of the highest Roma populations around the world. One settlement, outside of Vtackovce, held just over 1,000 people living in very rough conditions. “When some teams came … to work in the community,” Michael remembers, “we would sometimes send their medical people … to check on the [Roma] villagers, but there was still a significant resistance on their part.”

In 2015, Convoy of Hope Europe decided to host a Community Event in Vtackovce, Slovakia, to try and build relationships with the community. The event was in April, the snow was melting, and flowers began to appear in fields all over the mountains. Despite the hilly terrain, Convoy had medical tents, food distribution, games for the children, face-painting, live music — the works. Guests of Honor had tickets to come through the tents at predetermined times to avoid overwhelming the different stations.

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers and partners, it went off without a hitch. Most every one of the 1,000 people living in the camps attended. Convoy of Hope Europe has held several Community Events throughout Slovakia, and each of them have been incredibly successful.

“Most of society always keeps them at a distance,” says Aaron Davis, a Convoy of Hope team member. “Kind gestures and smiles crossed cultural barriers into their hearts.”

Seeing the incredible transformation that took place in so many families that day makes us at Convoy so grateful that we were able to be a part. And that is all we are — part of a movement of compassion.

 

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Convoy of Hope receives 16th consecutive “Four Star Charity” rating from Charity Navigator

Convoy of Hope is happy to announce we have received Charity Navigator’s top Four Star Charity rating for the 16th year in a row!

We understand that financial accountability and transparency are very important when you are deciding what charitable organizations you want to support. To that end, we work tirelessly to ensure we meet and exceed the best practices of our industry. That is why every year since 2002, Convoy has received the highest possible rating from industry watchdog, Charity Navigator.

Currently, nearly 90 percent of every dollar raised by Convoy of Hope goes directly to programming. The remaining covers our administrative and fundraising costs. Convoy’s commitment to keeping our overhead low demonstrates our determination to efficiently deliver help and hope to people in need.

Convoy of Hope’s profile on Charity Navigator can be found here.

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Three ways you’re providing clean water through Convoy of Hope

Hope flows through clean water. Today, billions of people around the world are plagued by a lack of access to clean water systems, causing disease and even death. However, the kindness of friends like you is changing that. Students in developing countries, disaster survivors across the United States, and those in rural communities who often feel forgotten are all having their concerns washed away through wells, water filters, and bottled water provided by Convoy of Hope.

Wells 

According to UNICEF, one in four primary schools around the world have no drinking water service. Students are often forced to decide between drinking from unsafe sources or going thirsty. Convoy of Hope is giving students the answer by providing clean water.

Ngaramtoni Primary School’s nearly 1,400 students had to rely on water from a nearby private school. It helped, but it wasn’t enough to meet students’ needs.

On December 7, 2018, a drilling rig struck water at a depth of 394 feet. As water rose up, the drilling company used compressed air to clean out the borehole, and the volume of water that came out was miraculous. It came in torrents, knocking down plants and collecting in a muddy pool before draining out to a nearby stream. The school teachers and Convoy staff were overjoyed. “Now we can do so much more,” the head teacher said.

Water Filters

When hurricanes, typhoons, and similar storms strike, the biggest problem isn’t a lack of water, but too much of it. Unsanitary flood water contaminates clean water sources — leaving people without water to drink, clean, or cook with. Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team has travelled all over the world bringing water filtration systems to those who need them.

Cyclone Idai slammed into southeast Africa last week. Idai left thousands of square miles of land completely underwater, and clean water is running out fast. Convoy of Hope already has a team in Malawi and another is en route to Mozambique where they will distribute relief supplies, including more than 300 water filters, to the communities affected by this disaster.

These water filtration systems are much larger than the ones you may find in your water bottle or on your sink faucet. They can be shared amongst several families and if kept clean they can last for years to come.

Bottled Water

Here in the U.S., disasters can compromise and even wipe out local water systems, too — leaving families without clean water for days or months at a time.

Families across the Midwest are currently dealing with some of the most severe flooding they’ve seen in decades. Nebraska farms are underwater, homes in Illinois have been destroyed, and several communities no longer have access to clean water as their water system has been compromised. Convoy of Hope has already delivered more than 250,000 pounds of bottled water to communities in need.

When the Camp Fire burned through the city of Paradise, California, it not only left thousands of homes and businesses burned, but it left an entire city without access to clean water. Now, almost five months since the fire, Convoy of Hope continues to send two truck loads of water to Paradise every week. This provides one of the main water sources for the city as families work to rebuild their lives.

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Smart giving options make your year-end donation easier

 

We hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season! We at Convoy of Hope are celebrating another year of helping others. Because of people like you, we’re fulfilling our mission to feed the world with food, hope and help through our many initiatives.

As a supporter of Convoy, here are a few “smart” ways you can continue partnering with us if you’re looking for end-of-year giving opportunities.

Round Up — Use this app to “round up” your purchases, donating a few cents each time you make a transaction. It might not seem like a lot … but your donation will go a long way, and we’re thankful for every penny!

Alexa — If you use any Alexa-enabled device, simply say, “Alexa, make a donation to Convoy of Hope,” and she will help you donate any amount using your Amazon Pay account.

Double your gift — From now until December 31, take advantage of our matching challenge! Every gift (up to $100,000 total) will be matched … doubling your impact. Make your gift now!

We hope this information has been helpful. Thank you for your support in 2018. Without you, we couldn’t do what we do.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

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This Giving Tuesday, share one day's wage to help those in need through Convoy of Hope! This Giving Tuesday, share one day's wage to help those in need through Convoy of Hope!

Maximize your impact with year-end giving

From the United States to the Philippines — and many places in between — Convoy of Hope’s Feed the World Fund supports our program activity around the world.

When you support our Feed the World Fund, your gift makes a 5:1 impact. This means that $20 creates $100 worth of impact; $100 creates $500 worth of impact; and $200 creates $1,000 in impact!

But, it gets even better. Up to $100,000 of gifts given to our Feed the World Fund between now and December 31 will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, to create twice the help for people in need. This means if you participate in our year-end match, your gift will be doubled — creating a 10:1 impact.

Gifts given to Convoy of Hope’s Feed the World Fund could help hungry kids in our Children’s Feeding program, transport groceries to a Community Event, give a farmer a chance to feed his family through our Agriculture initiative, help our Disaster Services team reach the heart of a disaster zone, lift a mother out of poverty through Women’s Empowerment or reach a small community through Rural Compassion.

We are grateful for your support every day, but especially during this season of thankfulness and generosity. Thank you for helping us make sure hope is not in short supply and that those in need are seen, helped and reminded that they are loved.

Click here to donate.

 

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