“This is a new day! Everything’s bursting with hope, coming alive this moment.”
Those are the lyrics to musician Danny Gokey’s most recent song, “New Day.” And when Gokey needed a semi-truck to deliver that hope in his new music video, he turned to Convoy of Hope, knowing we represent more than just a truck.
“In talking with our friends, Convoy of Hope, they really resonated with the message of this song and how it embodies the work they do. They are able, through their efforts, to provide a new start to many who are hurting on so many levels,” said Danny Gokey. “The video was a great way to integrate both of our messages and share it. It was a perfect partnership!”
Since his days as a finalist on American Idol, Gokey has been producing hits that you’ve likely heard on the radio. Years ago, when Gokey met Hal Donaldson, President of Convoy of Hope, a friendship geared toward serving others was made.
“I’ve been looking forward to releasing this song at the top of 2021 to remind people that in spite of all we have been through over the past year, God’s plan is still full of new mercies and our futures are still bursting with hope!” Gokey said. “As believers, we don’t have to be subject to our circumstances, we can choose to receive His hope on a daily basis and walk into a ‘New Day’!”
You won’t find a partridge in a pear tree, or 5 golden rings in the Convoy of Hope World Distribution Center, but you could find plenty of hope to fill more than just 12 days.
In celebration of everyone’s favorite Christmas song, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” we at Convoy of Hope are making our own version of the classic tune. For the next 12 days, we’ll be highlighting photos of special moments in a few of Convoy of Hope’s different programs. Feel free to sing along!
On the first day of Christmas… this boy picked one melon from the field he and his family planted using the knowledge they received from Convoy of Hope’s Agriculture initiative. Learn more about how we train families here.
On the second day of Christmas … this volunteer handed out two hygiene kits and bags of groceries to a family in a drive-thru distribution line. Our Disaster Services, Community Events, and Rural Compassion Initiative teams all changed gears in 2020 to focus on our COVID-19 response. Learn more about our response here.
On the third day of Christmas … three response vehicles deployed to a disaster zone. In addition to distributing meals as part of our “150 Million Meals & Counting” campaign, our Disaster Services team responded to a record number of natural disasters in 2020. Learn more here.
On the fourth day of Christmas … four students enjoyed the fruits (or in this case, vegetables) of their labor. These teens received Convoy of Hope agriculture training at their school and are learning how to grow healthy, sustainable crops. Learn more about our Agriculture initiative Learn more here.
On the fifth day of Christmas … a family received (everyone together now) five bags of groceries! A Convoy of Hope Community Event is all about making sure our Guests of Honor feel loved, seen, and cared for. Learn more about our Community Events here.
(This photo was taken before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
On the sixth day of Christmas … six lives were changed because of Women’s Empowerment. Strong, healthy women are at the core of strong, healthy communities. That’s why Convoy of Hope encourages them to realize their value and reach their potential through job training and education. Learn more at convoyofhope.org/women.
On the seventh day of Christmas … seven volunteers greet Guests of Honor as they arrive at a Community Event. None of our Commuity Events would be successful without the passion, love, and dedication of our amazing volunteers. Learn more at convoyofhope.org/ce.
(This photo was taken before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.)
On the eighth day of Christmas … eight bowls of food were eaten by eight happy kids. Many times, the meals a child receives in school from Convoy of Hope are the only they eat all day. Learn how you can make a difference through feedONE at feedone.com.
On the ninth day of Christmas … nine dedicated team members in Nicaragua help in our response to COVID-19. Our international staff has worked tirelessly to make sure the communities we serve are cared for during the pandemic. Learn more about our program countries at convoyofhope.org/about/where-we-work.
On the tenth day of Christmas … ten caring mothers stay strong in the midst of disaster. This year, the Philippines have been bombarded with typhoons. Convoy of Hope is standing by the mothers in our Women’s Empworment program to make sure they have what they need to recover. You can find the most up-to-date news about our response at convoyofhope.org/news.
On the eleventh day of Christmas … eleven well-fed students begin their days at school. We believe that children are essential members of their communities who can, one day, bring positive change by breaking the cycles of poverty and hunger. Learn more at convoyofhope.org/cf.
On the twelfth day of Christmas … twelve empowered girls have the hygiene items they need to live healthy, independent lives. Our Girls’ Empowerment groups help young women just like these address their self-esteem, gender-based violence, and harmful cultural beliefs and practices. Learn more at convoyofhope.org/we.
People all over the world rallied around Convoy of Hope yesterday for Giving Tuesday. Because of their generosity, we can keep serving people with experiences like these:
“COVID-19 knocked us down. I’m an essential worker, a CNA. This is awesome! Anything right now will help.” —Anonymous, served at a Community Event
“Thank you to the people who make it possible that this food comes to our table and
help me grow and develop eating delicious food!” —Alejandro, a child in our Children’s Feeding program
“I use a lot of the services, but Convoy [of Hope], it’s one of the most understanding and respectful organizations. They treat you like a person — like you’re just another person that deserves something. They don’t look down on you. They don’t treat you different.” —Carly, served at a Community Event
“I am happy because I know now that I am able. Now, instead of me begging to people for help, people come to me.” —Julie, enrolled in Women’s Empowerment
“I just wanted to share with you guys how important what you’re doing out here is. You’re saving lives out here. You’re giving opportunities for people out in the community who don’t have the financial means to be able to do things like that.” —Mandy, served at a Community Event
“This is the new standard to which we want to uphold other NGOs involved in school-based feeding programs.” —Tanzanian Government official, about Children’s Feeding
“Before, I would beg even for clothes to put on my children. Now, I buy them good clothes.” —Selam, enrolled in Women’s Empowerment
“As a parent, it is nice because your kids are happier that they have the things they need to start the year off with.” —Denice, served at a Community Event
The generosity of others enables us to help those in need. Yesterday was proof that we can accomplish so much more together than we ever could alone.
Part of life for many people living in Nairobi’s urban neighborhoods is fetching water. Often, there is a single standpipe for dozens of families where people line up with their jerrycans.
Julie is 12 years old. For her, that daily chore makes life harder. “When you go to fetch water, there are people who sit around and abuse others,” she says.
Fortunately, Julie is part of Convoy of Hope’s Girls’ Empowerment program, which helps girls learn about life skills and nutrition so that they can thrive. On a recent Thursday afternoon, the classroom erupted in cheer when the Convoy of Hope teacher, Favour, entered. It was a large room split in two by a paperboard partition — the sixth graders faced west and the fourth graders faced east. Favour led the older students in a game that had them howling with laughter. Then, they reviewed what they’d learned from the previous session on time management: Have a timetable. Avoid the bed and sofa because they make you lazy. Make deadlines. Don’t let work pile up. Set goals.
The lessons from the program help students like Julie cope with difficult environments. While she lives with both parents in a safe apartment building and goes to a good school, her environment still can be tough. She says something she has learned from Girls’ Empowerment is the importance of keeping good company and avoiding bad company. This is a helpful lesson at the standpipe, at school, and everywhere else she might go in life.
Giving Tuesday is a day that celebrates the power of doing good. This worldwide movement leverages the power of generosity to help bring hope, healing, and help to those in need.
Kindness is simple, and we’ve made supporting Convoy of Hope this Giving Tuesday just that. You can download free digital assets and share with your friends and family how you are helping our organization spread hope. Share with us on social media by tagging us @ConvoyofHope on Facebook,Twitter, andInstagram!
Wanting to start your own fundraiser? Good news! You can do so by adding a donate button to your posts, starting a Facebook fundraiser, or sharing with your friends so that they can give online. Every little bit helps, and Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity for you to make a tangible difference through Convoy of Hope.