Tag: International Disaster Services

Relief is delivered in response to Cyclone Ana in Fiji. Relief is delivered in response to Cyclone Ana in Fiji.

Not forgotten: Convoy of Hope Responds to Multiple Disasters Worldwide

Every day can feel like it contains a year’s worth of news. And though certain disasters might not be in the headlines anymore, hundreds of thousands of people are still living in the aftermath. Through your generosity, Convoy of Hope continues to respond with food, water, and necessary supplies to people impacted by great loss. You are making a lasting difference.

Here are just a few of the active responses Convoy of Hope is a part of.

  • Tropical Storm Dante, also known as Choi-Wan, made landfall on the island of Samar in the Philippines on June 1. Hundreds of families who were in crisis now have bags of groceries thanks to Convoy of Hope and the organization’s in-country partners.

    “I would like to thank you for helping hundreds of families with food supplies here,” said a Convoy of Hope field partner. “This will be a great help for our community leaders and people who are the most needy.”

 

  • In Ceuta, Spain, the ongoing refugee crisis has people living in survival mode. Local staff and team members conducted distributions in two separate locations. The majority of the refugees served were men and boys between the ages 10 to 25. Some have been in Ceuta as long as four years, while others have only been there for a month.

    “The needs and opportunities in Ceuta are great. After the distribution, the [Convoy] team began to brainstorm ways to continue to assist with empowerment initiatives,” said a partner.

Convoy of Hope also continues to offer hope in India as the pandemic and two cyclones have left civilians reeling.

  • Some 640,000 homes sustained extreme or partial damage after cyclones Tauktae and Ana. Roads and other public infrastructures were also impacted. Because of your generosity, Convoy of Hope has secured funding to provide food baskets to approximately 1,200 families to eat for the next three months.

    “Convoy of Hope was generous in helping with food packs for the people whose crops were wiped out by those two cyclones. When we showed up with the food, there was great rejoicing and a lot of heartfelt thanks,” said one field partner.

 

  • Hundreds of thousands of Indians have died from COVID-19, and millions more continue to struggle with the disease. “We bought food packs for 30 families in one of the COVID lockdown containment zones,” said one Convoy of Hope partner. “Even on my way to deliver those food packs, we had people waving us down and begging for food.”

    Convoy has sent 70 concentrators and 2,000 oximeters to the region to help with the massive influx in COVID-19 cases.

Regardless of what dominates headlines, Convoy continues to offer long-term relief in many disaster areas. Resources flow in and out to those in dire situations on a daily basis. Thank you for partnering with us. To support our disaster responses, click here.

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Convoy of Hope Helps Families Rebuild Months After Beirut Explosion

Nine months after a large explosion in a densely populated area of Beirut, Lebanon, the city is still struggling to recuperate. The explosion, in combination with the previous ongoing economic crisis, has made fuel and medication hard to come by. Doctors and teachers have left the region in search of new jobs. Officials expect that all government subsidies will run out by the end of May.

“People are too numb to feel or to protest. They do all they can to find food for just one day,” one man said.

As a result of both the explosion and economic fallout, 26-year-old Jenny now lives with PTSD and has been unemployed for the past year. She doesn’t have the funds to seek the help she needs to process her experiences or to take care of her sick mother and younger brother. Her father is deceased, and she is doing all she can.

She is not alone in this fight. Life for a man named Elias got harder after the explosion. Bedridden and with severe mental and physical challenges, his family struggled to provide for him. After the death of his father, Elias’ mother cannot work outside the home to make money for his medication.

During a recent assessment mission, Convoy of Hope found each of these families and stepped in to help. Jenny’s family now has a sturdy and leak-proof roof over their heads, past-due rent bills taken care of, and much-needed food and medicine. Elias and his family were provided with essential medication and food.

Convoy of Hope is grateful for the opportunity to serve people like Jenny and Elias. Thank you for your generosity as we continue to share hope with the people of Lebanon.

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Convoy of Hope helps Lebanese Family Grapple with Explosion & Economic Crisis

“I had nothing left,” Maya said somberly.

Maya is the mother of three children, all of whom live with severe mental and physical ailments. Every day, she is faced with the challenge of raising them in the middle of one of the world’s worst economic crises.

Since October 2019, Lebanese currency has lost 90% of its value. Due to the fact that more than 80% of the basic goods sold in the country are imported, prices have skyrocketed. More than half of the population now lives below the poverty line. Protests have sprung up in areas already struggling to recover from the massive explosion in Beirut last August.

Combined stress from the worsening economic climate, her husband’s lack of employment, and hundreds of dollars in monthly medical costs sent Maya into a deep depression.

Convoy of Hope’s partners in Lebanon helped identify Maya’s needs and those of her family. Convoy of Hope then teamed up with others on the ground to provide hope to Maya and her children in the form of food, medicine, hygiene kits, and blankets.

“I want to thank all those who volunteered to prepare hygiene kits and prepare food parcels. Thank you for thinking of us,” Maya said.

What was once cause for despair for Maya’s family is now a source of hope. 

“Our life has improved. We no longer stress about the simple things like before,” she said. “Your help gave me hope and lifted my spirit. Today, I am able to feed my kids a decent meal — they love hamburgers — buy medicine, and buy them some snacks they love but hardly get. Convoy has made a change in my life and helped me in more ways than I can ever thank them.”

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Hope Persists Despite Displacement

“We didn’t take anything from home,” Mrs. Ouedrago* recounted. “We left our village because of the terrorist attacks.”

The Ouedrago family fled their village at night to escape the violence erupting around them. Extremists had come into their town and killed indiscriminately. Young boys who resisted them were killed. After the local school was burned, the Ouedrago children were forced to abandon their education.

In the process of fleeing, the family left their belongings and livestock behind. They quietly snuck out of their village and walked all night in fear. They traveled 46 miles on foot to a location in the Centre-Nord Region, where other displaced families had gathered.

Once Mr. Ouedrago knew his wife and children were safe, he left to find work in another city. The rest of the family live in a makeshift camp with other families. Here, Convoy of Hope provides them with essential food and hygiene supplies.

“The problems we have encountered are many,” said Mrs. Ouedrago. “We survive thanks to the donations of people of good will.”

The attacks in Burkina Faso have displaced more than one million people. Individuals who now reside in camps for displaced families often struggle to find employment, education, health services, and food security.

For people like Mrs. Ouedrago and her family, hope comes in the form of food parcels, hygiene items, and other essentials. Together, Convoy of Hope has provided more than 260,000 meals to people in need there. Thank you for joining us in our mission.

*Names have been changed for the safety of those involved.

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