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A woman lights a candle at a memorial outside the Presidential Palace in memory of slain President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, a week after Moise was assassinated in his home. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn) A woman lights a candle at a memorial outside the Presidential Palace in memory of slain President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, a week after Moise was assassinated in his home. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

Following Presidential Assassination, partners Safe in Haiti

On the morning of July 7, Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home. Convoy of Hope reached out to partners on the ground and received firsthand insight about the situation. As it stands, Convoy’s work will continue despite widespread unrest in Haiti. 

The assassination — which left the president’s wife, Martine, in critical condition — has caused widespread riots, gang activity, and increasing political tension. Investigations continue, but early reports indicate “highly trained gunmen” were involved.

Pastor Samuel Lucien, National Director of Mission of Hope — Convoy of Hope’s local partner — was at home when he heard the news. 

“I was shocked, and I could not believe it,” he said. “I thought it was not true. My generation is not familiar at all with assassination of a president. Everyone was concerned about instability and stayed home.” 

He explained that the country briefly shut down as word of the president’s death spread, but the government quickly (yet cautiously) called for airports to reopen and normal operations to resume insofar as they are able. 

“We are optimistic and eager to continue our critical work,” Pastor Samuel said, adding that he knows there is a chance that current school feeding programs are educating and providing for future presidents and leaders of the next generation.

Still, he knows that providing help and hope to those who need it most in the weeks to come will not be easy. 

The living conditions are hard for the Haitian people who continue to face challenges with food crises, COVID-19, and potential hurricanes. “Many people may — and will — lose jobs. I am afraid that the country [might] face an extreme famine and hunger in the coming days. I feel any support to face the famine will be important, in addition to prayers,” said Lucien.

As the Haitian people continue to search for a sense of normalcy in this tumultuous time, Convoy of Hope is glad to provide help and hope to those affected. To support Convoy of Hope as we continue our work in Haiti and around the world, click here

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Robenson Trades Hunger for Hope

As Robenson* walked the short 15-minute trek to his school, a cool breeze broke the relentless heat. He makes sure never to miss a day of classes. “The food at school is very important to me because my parents do not have to worry about me if I do not eat in the morning. They always know that I will find a plate of hot food at the school,” Robenson said.

Tucked away in the Haitian hillsides, the cement-block building was tidy and clean despite a wind full of fine, light-colored dust. Several of Robenson’s schoolmates arrived early, too, and played soccer barefoot to save the wear and tear on their shoes. After a few minutes, the children began their day.

For most kids living in Haiti, this is not the daily routine. As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti experiences constant political instability, chronic food insecurity, and extreme poverty. Stable access to electricity, water, basic sanitation, and medical care is unpredictable.

Convoy of Hope began feeding children in Haiti in 2006, but the program has grown to accommodate thousands of children at more than 500 program centers. Five days a week, these children receive a hot meal infused with the healthy macro- and micro-nutrients that are necessary for them to thrive.

“The Convoy food helps motivate me to come to school every day and to get good grades,” Robenson said as he ate his lunch. “It helps protect me against hunger.”

On behalf of Robenson and the more than 387,000 children Convoy of Hope feeds every school day, thank you for providing nutritious food to kids in need.

*Name has been changed. 

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Earth-Shaking Hope in Haiti

In early 2010, I was working for Convoy of Hope in Haiti. Things were normal. I was finishing up hosting guests from the U.S. and waiting for a Field Team to arrive two days later. But late that afternoon, as I stood on the balcony of a friend’s home, everything changed. 

My memories of the January 12 earthquake are ones that will always be with me. I’ll never forget the sound of moving earth and crashing buildings. Of mothers wailing in the street. Of the look on peoples’ faces as they tried to process what was happening. 

Although my assignment at Convoy of Hope was not for Disaster Services, I found myself at ground zero for one of the largest natural disasters to hit the Western Hemisphere. I pushed through my mental haze and began working with our partners in Haiti to assess the situation, determine food inventory, and identify a base of operations for in Port-au-Prince. 

Thankfully, within 48 hours of the shaking, I was welcomed by the sight of my Convoy of Hope colleagues crossing the tarmac of the airport. They brought a sense of calm that I hadn’t felt since the ordeal began. I was eager to step out of the way and place the reins of the response in their very capable hands. 

We all witnessed the sadness and desperation that took hold throughout the island in the days and weeks that followed. It got so bad that many families were forced to place the lifeless bodies of their loved in the street to be collected and placed in mass graves. 

But we also saw the amazing power of hope. A strength rose up in the Haitian people, who had already endured so much, and they picked themselves up and moved into their new “normal.” The overwhelming global response to the calamity showed them that they weren’t ignored or forgotten. They would make it.

When the earthquake struck, Convoy of Hope and our partners were already invested and committed to Haiti and were feeding more than 13,000 kids every school day. The overwhelming need after the earthquake propelled us forward and forced us to fast track our plans in the country. In 2019, we are feeding more than 90,000 children in Haiti. 

Tragedies don’t often give people the chance to do anything but survive. That’s why we hope to look beyond the immediacy of a disaster and toward a day when survivors can participate in the rebuilding of their communities. That’s what Haiti has been for us. We were honored to come alongside Haitians and serve when they needed us most. But we’re most proud of when they came back alongside us as participants … as partners on Haiti’s journey. 

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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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