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World Health Day

Today, we celebrate World Health Day.

At Convoy of Hope, we help children and families become healthier around the world. Our work starts with a meal, but includes providing children with clean water, deworming pills, and hygiene lessons to work with new moms on how to best feed and take care of their children.  

We believe you can’t improve a child’s health without improving his or her nutritional status, and that’s why our driving passion to feed the world is synonymous with one to improve overall health. Since malnutrition is an underlying cause of 45% of all child deaths, the meals we distribute help reduce childhood mortality in some of the world’s poorest countries.

While the meal is critical, we also know that if a child is sick, they will not be able to absorb all of the nutrients — creating a negative cycle that’s hard to break. For example, a child can’t stay well-nourished if they’re drinking dirty water that causes diarrhea. That’s why our field staff work hard to make sure there is clean water for the children to drink. We’ve also started distributing deworming pills to children in areas where intestinal parasites are prevalent. These low-cost pills increase a child’s ability to absorb and utilize nutrients.

Today reminds of the six months I spent in Haiti where I was confronted with the effects of poor health on a daily basis. One of my tasks was to work with the local health director to ramp up nutrition and hygiene lessons in the schools. This required many hours in the office crafting schedules and developing lesson plans, but I am honored to be part of creating a healthier and happier world for nearly 150,000 children. We invite you to celebrate along with us. Happy World Health Day!

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Children's Feeding / Program Updates

Little Heroes Help End Hunger

It’s not every day you meet a group of heroes who haven’t graduated middle school yet. But after hearing about children who suffer from hunger and poverty, kids from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania decided they wanted to help.

Michael, one of the oldest of the group, was saving up for something else but had a change of heart.

“He was saving up for an iPad,” his mom says. “But after he heard about One Day to Feed the World at church, he decided to give his savings to feed children instead.”

Katie worked hard to rake leaves and clean her room to raise money. It wasn’t as much what she did, but the attitude she portrayed that made it worthwhile. She knew every little bit she raised would go to help a kid like her.

Carlee called her grandma and asked if she would be willing to help her change the world. She packed her bags, headed to her grandma’s and did chores around the house to earn money. She didn’t stop there. After collecting that money, she wanted to give even more — she emptied her piggy bank and gave every last penny she had.

“I am forever changed by my involvement with Convoy of Hope,” says Pastor Debbie. “And it’s exciting to see our church kids get involved and raise money in fun ways to help other children.”

Without the hearts of people like Michael, Katie and Carlee, we would not be able to provide hope to the impoverished and suffering around the world. It’s kids like these who powerfully prove to us that no matter your age, you have the ability to change lives.

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Advocacy / Inspiration / Join the Convoy
An older child in our Children's Feeding Initiative dishes out lunch for other children in her school. An older child in our Children's Feeding Initiative dishes out lunch for other children in her school.

What if we fed kids sawdust?

What if Convoy of Hope served children sawdust for lunch? The sawdust could be mixed with water to create a lumpy mush similar to oatmeal. Each child would receive enough sawdust mush to fill their belly, relieving their hunger pains. With this method, Convoy would be able to serve millions of kids every day.

Clearly, what we serve children matters. A full child is not the same as a healthy child.

Convoy of Hope feeds more than 145,000 children in 11 countries. These children show stunning improvements. They gain weight and height, perform better in school, and have more energy. So, what’s in these meals that makes them so effective?

Girls eating lunch

Convoy’s goal isn’t to fill their plates and bellies alone. By partnering with organizations like Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), millions of nutritious meals are served every year through the Children’s Feeding Initiative. Each meal is packed with what a child needs to thrive.

Protein promotes brain development, especially in the first few years of life. Zinc, Iron, Calcium, and Vitamins A, C, D, and E defend against illness, help fight infections, form bones and nerves, improve vision, and aid in digestion. Carbohydrates provide energy to learn, play, and stay physically active.Kids in feeding program El Salvador

Nutrition is important for more than just health. Dr. Peter Orazem, Professor of Economics at Iowa State University, said,

“A kid who starts off nutritionally able can learn in a not-so-great school. But even a kid in the greatest school in the world who’s hungry, who doesn’t have the micronutrients or the proteins that are necessary to develop, is not going to learn.”

Without nutritious meals, Convoy’s programs wouldn’t be effective. Nutrition helps kids learn in school. Nutrition allows medicines to work in the body. Nutrition lets kids become healthy adults who are able to start businesses and grow better crops. Nutrition is a building block required for community transformation.child eating in El Salvador

Feeding a child a bowl of sawdust mush might sound extreme, but unfortunately for many, it’s not far off. When income or access to nutritious meals is lacking, some families living in extreme poverty will resort to feeding their children dirt or tree bark to quiet stomach pains.

Convoy of Hope and Feed My Starving Children exist to bring hope and life. Together, with your help, we can provide children with the nutrition to fuel their bright future.

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