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A woman lights a candle at a memorial outside the Presidential Palace in memory of slain President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, a week after Moise was assassinated in his home. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn) A woman lights a candle at a memorial outside the Presidential Palace in memory of slain President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, a week after Moise was assassinated in his home. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn)

Following Presidential Assassination, partners Safe in Haiti

On the morning of July 7, Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home. Convoy of Hope reached out to partners on the ground and received firsthand insight about the situation. As it stands, Convoy’s work will continue despite widespread unrest in Haiti. 

The assassination — which left the president’s wife, Martine, in critical condition — has caused widespread riots, gang activity, and increasing political tension. Investigations continue, but early reports indicate “highly trained gunmen” were involved.

Pastor Samuel Lucien, National Director of Mission of Hope — Convoy of Hope’s local partner — was at home when he heard the news. 

“I was shocked, and I could not believe it,” he said. “I thought it was not true. My generation is not familiar at all with assassination of a president. Everyone was concerned about instability and stayed home.” 

He explained that the country briefly shut down as word of the president’s death spread, but the government quickly (yet cautiously) called for airports to reopen and normal operations to resume insofar as they are able. 

“We are optimistic and eager to continue our critical work,” Pastor Samuel said, adding that he knows there is a chance that current school feeding programs are educating and providing for future presidents and leaders of the next generation.

Still, he knows that providing help and hope to those who need it most in the weeks to come will not be easy. 

The living conditions are hard for the Haitian people who continue to face challenges with food crises, COVID-19, and potential hurricanes. “Many people may — and will — lose jobs. I am afraid that the country [might] face an extreme famine and hunger in the coming days. I feel any support to face the famine will be important, in addition to prayers,” said Lucien.

As the Haitian people continue to search for a sense of normalcy in this tumultuous time, Convoy of Hope is glad to provide help and hope to those affected. To support Convoy of Hope as we continue our work in Haiti and around the world, click here

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Program Updates

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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Children's Feeding

Convoy of Hope & Life360 Share Compassion with Rural Communities

“It’s amazing what all comes through and how we can use odd donations [to] make a big impact in a small town,” said Jeremy Hahn, Pastor and Executive Vice President of Life360 church.

Jeremy, with the help of several others, transformed an old grocery store into a massive assembly line of food, hygiene items, practical items, socks, and even teddy bears. The operation stretches to 72 towns across southern Missouri and is starting to expand into Arkansas, Kansas, Arizona, and likely Tennessee.

We pack out of this location for about 15 different schools around the Springfield, Missouri, metro area,” Jeremy said. Convoy of Hope helps make the work possible. 

Convoy of Hope is a big partner for us, and to be able to get this done is incredible,” Jeremy said. “Every kid will eat, but we have the opportunity through Convoy of Hope and our partners to provide other things.”

This work was all born out of Convoy of Hope’s Rural Initiatives program.

“They started training me on these ideas of flying kite strings into the communities. And we started with that model right here in northwest Springfield,” he said. “[We] quickly realized … their focus was rural communities, and that was part of our vision as well. So we took that into our rural model. It is just incredible to see how quickly a rural community will respond.”

Life360 is feeding children across several states in rural schools where there is a free and reduced lunch rate of more than 50 percent. The entire school district receives food and other necessities in the classroom, which guarantees each child gets to eat.

“Our people are all about transforming their community. Our foot in the door is to feed kids, house, educate, and empower them,” he said.

Thank you to all of our partners like Life360 who help us share light and hope to children in rural communities around the world.

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Rural Initiatives

Clean Water & Pervasive Hope Flow Freely in El Salvador

Health, hope, and safe drinking water are closely linked. That’s why Convoy of Hope has partnered with companies like LifeStraw to provide help to people without a source to clean water.

After Tropical Storm Amanda struck El Salvador in June of 2020, many communities watched flood waters rise and limit their access to clean drinking water. Everyone affected by the storm found themselves at much greater risk for water-borne illnesses.

To address this need, LifeStraw donated LifeStraw Community units for our team in El Salvador to distribute to those affected by water insecurity. Many of the communities who received filtration units lived with an ever-present fear of parasitic infections and kidney failure.

The LifeStraw Community units are designed to remove 99.99% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoan parasites by filtering 25 liters of water at a time. The units use gravity filtration to mitigate the need for running water or an external power source and can safely filter enough water for 100 people a day for up to five years.

When communities receive hope like this, they have more than just their immediate needs met. One community continued to spread hope by sharing clean water with others who were still in need.

Water is a daily necessity that sustains in the present; hope is a necessity for a brighter future. Together, they are life-changing. Thanks to our partners and supporters, Convoy of Hope has been changing the stories of people who lack access to water and new opportunities.

To learn more about World Water Day and what water means to communities around the world, click here. For more information about LifeStraw, click here.

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Disaster Services / Partner Spotlight

Convoy of Hope friend, Vance McDonald, nominated for Walter Payton Award

The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Vance McDonald as their nominee for the 2020 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. This award recognizes outstanding players for “excellence on and off the field.” Teams select nominees based on the impact they have had on their community. Previous winners include Kurt Warner, J.J. Watt, Joe Greene, and Petyon and Eli Manning.

“It’s well-deserved and not surprising,” Convoy of Hope’s Convoy Nation Vice President Kirk Noonan said. “Vance’s nature is to look out for the poor and suffering, and do whatever he can in his power to advocate for them, to defend them, and to provide for them. That’s just who he is.”

McDonald brought Convoy of Hope to the Steelers in 2019, and again this December for an annual event the team dubbed “Huddle for the Holidays.”

“I want to take my hat off to Vance McDonald, who was the impetus to get this started and partnering with Convoy of Hope,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said of the event.

Huddle for the Holidays was part of Convoy of Hope’s Pro-Series Community Events where Guests of Honor received groceries, shoes, socks, winter wear, hygiene kits, books, and toys.

McDonald also teamed up with Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the team, to bring Convoy of Hope trucks to the greater Pittsburgh area four other times throughout 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Vance is a quality player, a quality teammate, and a quality person,” Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said. “He’s not low maintenance — he’s no maintenance. He uplifts his teammates, just like he uplifts his community.”

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