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Super Bowl champion Bradley Pinion partners with Convoy of Hope for Community Event

Super Bowl champion Bradley Pinion teamed up with Convoy of Hope to host a Pro-Series Community Event in Clemson, South Carolina. The event featured free groceries, shoes, socks, haircuts, hygiene kits, hot meals, and NFL-style skills and drills for Guests of Honor to enjoy. 

“I’ve been partnering with Convoy of Hope since my rookie year and am so thankful that I can bring the Convoy Nation Pro-Series Community Event to the Clemson community — where I played college football,” Bradley said. “Any family who needs some help is welcome.”

The event helped meet immediate needs of those in the Clemson community. More than 600 people received help and hope that day.

“Oh mama, look at these shoes!” one child said, beaming with joy. “I’m going to run so fast now!”

Partnerships like Bradley Pinion’s help Convoy of Hope serve communities all around the world.

“Bradley has played a pivotal role in bringing Convoy of Hope to communities throughout his NFL career,” said Kirk Noonan, Vice President of Convoy Nation, a fan base of kindness with Convoy of Hope. “We are thankful for such a friend who is determined to give families help and hope.”

Thank you to our partners and supporters who make events like this possible.

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Convoy of Hope helps provide life-giving water in Kenya

Water is life. But many people around the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. In fact, an estimated 800 million people worldwide lack an adequate water supply. 

Convoy of Hope is passionate about getting water to those whose lives depend on it. Convoy’s work in Kenya is a prime example. Through a long-term relationship with Kenya National Director Bryan Burr, hundreds of thousands of Kenyans have better access to clean water.

“For many of the people we work with, water is not easily accessible,” said Bryan. “They walk long distances to fetch water daily, and this consumes large amounts of their time.” 

Bryan is committed to being a part of the solution. They have lived and worked in Kenya since 1997, and their partnership with Convoy of Hope goes back nearly as long. They’ve been instrumental in helping Convoy drill boreholes, which are similar to wells, that can hold millions of gallons of water. Bryan and his team have two months to capitalize on rainfall: April and October. Collecting rainwater is key to survival for the rest of the year.

“Having water available helps them not only take care of basic needs, but also gives them time to engage in agriculture and other income generating initiatives,” Bryan said.

In addition to the boreholes, Convoy has worked with local, established churches to put up greenhouses in many communities. This helps show Kenyans that they don’t only have to be reliant on cattle for food and they can depend on other sustainable food sources.

“I feel safe saying it’s hundreds of thousands of people impacted,” Bryan said. “The wells we’ve been able to put in, greenhouses, and the dams to help store up water — they are changing lives. Many come to access that water.”

Many members of the Maasai tribe in Kenya rely solely on cattle for food. However, because of very little rainfall, they have to keep their herd sizes small. Thankfully, the quality of the herds’ health is improving through rain collection. Of course, the land is benefiting, too.

“There used to be no grass, no weeds even. And two and a half years later, the ground cover has increased significantly because of the water. Now it’s bushy!” Bryan said. “We are seeing the land restored.”

Like water, hope changes shape from time to time. Both are vital. For people affected by the water crises in Kenya, hope comes in the form of a sustainable water source and is provided as a direct result of support from people like you.

Convoy of Hope will continue to provide help and hope to people in need. To join us in our mission, click here.

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Encouraged & Empowered: Elizabeth’s Story

“I am a widow and a mother of five,” said Elizabeth. “I work hard to try and make ends meet and my biggest help comes from the church.”

Elizabeth has been doing her best to care for her children since her husband’s death. But when the pandemic struck in Kenya, jobs became scarce. Elizabeth briefly described how she felt trying to feed her children while looking for stable employment: “Frustrated.”

Turning to her local church, a Convoy of Hope partner in Kenya, she found help and new opportunities. The church’s women’s group encouraged and supported her while she coped with her husband’s death. She labeled the food that her children received at school through Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program as the best thing that’s happened to her. The education she gained through our Women’s Empowerment program helped her understand her value and provided her with skills to begin a new, lucrative career.

“It reminds us that there are people who think about us,” Elizabeth said. “Thank God for Convoy!”

Since she first participated in Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program, Elizabeth’s focus changed as her immediate needs were met. Now, she shares hope with others. Next, she wants to make sure that those around her also have enough to feed their families.

Elizabeth hopes that others are encouraged by her story.

“With God, everything is possible,” she said.

Because of your support, Elizabeth, those around her, and others around the world are receiving hope. Thank you for changing her story.

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Meals in Mathare Valley

In the Mathare Valley in Nairobi, Kenya, food, clothing, and education are hard to come by. That’s why Convoy of Hope partners with Mama Jane to feed underserved children every school day.

Now, more than 1,000 children in the area receive healthy meals every day they meet for school.

“The food is very balanced,” Faith, a student at the center, said. “It helps our bodies, it always gives us energy, and it even prevents us from being sick … I like this school very much!”

Because of your support, more than 387,000 children like Faith receive help, hope, and nutritious meals in communities around the world. Thank you for giving them the chance they need to build a brighter future.

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Lela’s Dreams Persist Despite Drought & Pandemic

“The cycle of drought in Kenya has been getting tighter and tighter through the years,” said Chris Dudley, Convoy of Hope’s Stabilization & Humanitarian Intervention Director.

Droughts are not uncommon in Kenya, but women like Lela* remember a time when they only occurred every decade or two.

“Our villages are prone to conflict that are caused by lack of resources,” Lela said. 

The stress of the current drought in Kenya combined with the pandemic made Lela’s dreams seem out of reach. “I had no business training as I have never gone to school and [had] no capital to start my business,” she said.

After she joined Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment program in Kenya, Lela soon realized that her dreams of a better life were more achievable than she thought. Through the program, she learned how to breed and herd goats, how to manage her finances, and how to define her own self-worth.

“It has opened my eyes on what women can do. My life and family life has changed. We have better meals on a daily basis,” she said.

Lela’s venture has since grown exponentially. She now does business as far away as Ethiopia and can provide well for her family. Her son also recently graduated high school and is expanding his career prospects. 

“Anyone can change and have hope and bring food on the table,” Lela said.

Because of your support, women around the world are seizing new opportunities and creating lives full of hope and confidence. Thank you for changing Lela’s story.

*Name has been changed to protect participants

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