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‘I appreciate you’: Subira’s Message to You

At 5 years old, Subira has already experienced hardship. But as a participant in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program in Ethiopia, she has a reliable source of nutritious food to keep her full and healthy.

Subira lives in a small home with her parents and two siblings. She lost her twin brother, but she hasn’t let that tragedy keep her from being kind and hopeful. Even at her young age, Subira sees her parents struggling to provide for her family and knows that she can work hard to achieve a better future.

“My parents — especially my mother — don’t get enough money. She can’t find a better house for us,” she said. “When I go home, I can’t play because our house is very small. Our environment is also not clean.”

However, Subira has a plan to change the trajectory of the next generation. She excels at math and loves to draw. The food that she receives at school through Convoy of Hope keeps her strong and ensures that she can focus on learning and growing.

“I like all the food Convoy is providing for us,” she said. “It is all tasty. It makes me strong!”

With a good education, a full stomach, and hope for the future, Subira is determined to reach her full potential and provide for those around her.

Subira wanted the following message to reach the people who have contributed to giving her a better life: “I appreciate you. Thank you for the food you are providing.”

Because of your support, children like Subira can stay full, hopeful, and inspired to do great things. To contribute to Convoy of Hope as we work to change lives around the world, click here.

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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.

“It’s not easy to get even one meal,” Jane Nuthu said. Jane works with children in Mathare Valley and sees the need firsthand. But she also gets to see the smiles on children’s faces when they get a full, nutritious meal.“When they came to our program, it had a very great impact on their lives,” she said.

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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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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Celebrating World Health day with Proper Nutrition in the Philippines

Nutritious meals can change the course of children’s lives. Having regular access to healthy food can mean the difference between a full, meaningful life and one of desperate insecurity.

Labhika is a perfect example. She used to go to school weak and unable to focus. The food insecurity her family faced put good grades at the bottom of her to-do list. When Labhika went home, she took care of her sick mother and struggled with grief from the loss of her younger brother. As the eldest child, it was Labhika’s responsibility to help maintain the household, care for her younger siblings, and help her father with chores. As a farmer, her father provided for the family in certain seasons, but couldn’t at other times of the year.

When Labhika began participating in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program, everything changed.

“It’s delicious!” she said of the food she received. Her favorite dish is rice and soy mixed with sauteed vegetables. Labhika proudly pointed out that she felt full.

Now that Labhika gets a warm and nutritious meal at school every day, she finds it much easier to concentrate and get good grades.

Full hearts and full lives are often a byproduct of full stomachs. Now that Labhika is excelling in her classes, she has taken it upon herself to help other classmates study and receive good grades. One day, she wants to be a teacher. She is also a running candidate for class valedictorian.

“Last year in the Philippines alone, we reached nearly 19,000 children through our Children’s Feeding efforts,” Convoy of Hope’s International Program Partner Relations Manager Erin-Rae Peace said. “What’s so incredible is that these are children who represent individual lives that are forever changed.”

For just $10, you can feed a child every school day for an entire month. This World Health Day, click here to learn more about how you can join in this mission.

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Head teacher Twati Mollel shows organic tomatoes growing in a greenhouse at his school near Arusha, Tanzania. Profit from the produce will feed students for years to come Head teacher Twati Mollel shows organic tomatoes growing in a greenhouse at his school near Arusha, Tanzania. Profit from the produce will feed students for years to come

10 tons of tomatoes grown in Tanzania increase sustainability

 

As the Tanzanian government increases its requirements for nonprofits, Convoy of Hope’s method of capacity building through nutrition programs has emerged as a leading model

For three days in December, high-ranking officials came from three government ministries to inspect Convoy of Hope’s programs. The delegation visited Ngaramtoni Primary School near Arusha, where Convoy has a feeding program.

What impressed the officials was the execution of Convoy’s plan in equipping the school to become self-sustaining, which enables the organization to move on and do the same with other schools.

Since Convoy entered Ngaramtoni in 2014, they’ve held community meetings, helped identify income-generating opportunities, addressed hygiene and sanitation issues, empowered mothers to do business and taught students gardening techniques. The school is now poised to harvest and sell more than 10 metric tons of tomatoes per year, which will fund the lunch program in the future.

The officials asked Convoy of Hope to expand into other schools, and they marveled at how the organization invests in building capacity in the community.
“Where have you been all along!?” exclaimed one government official.

In fact, Convoy has received accolades from district government in recent years, and its development work has been featured on the evening news. Recognition from the national government, however, is new.

Convoy of Hope leadership in Tanzania, was summoned to Tanzania’s capital two weeks after the visit to present and train government officials on Convoy of Hope’s innovative model. “This is the new standard to which we want to uphold other NGOs involved in school-based feeding programs,” said one government official.

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