Convoy of Hope wasfounded in 1994 by the Donaldson family.
One of the many things that inspiredthe Donaldson family to start Convoy of Hope was the loss of their fatherHarold. Harold was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver in 1969. Afterhis death, the Donaldson family had an outpouring of help by several people intheir community. As of today, Convoy of Hope has helped more than 80 millionpeople.
Convoy of Hope has served throughout the world through the giving ofchurches, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Throughthe donations of these people Convoy of Hope has been able to provide help andhope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting. Hal Donaldson, President & Chief Executive Officer says:”Ourmission at Convoy of Hope is to be a faith-based, nonprofit organization with adriving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives,community outreaches and disaster response.” Donaldson goes on to say, “As afaith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically basedin Springfield, Missouri, the crossroads of America, the goal is to bring helpand hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting. Convoy of Hope doesthis through several avenues including community events, children and familyfeeding programs, agriculture and disaster relief.
” Convoy of Hope does outreaches in different rural andurban communities every year and simply calls the program “A Community Event.”This event is created to help families who are in desperate need of help witheveryday living. Local churches, businesses, community service and healthorganizations partner with them to provide guests with groceries, medical anddental screenings, prayer, haircuts, lunch, veteran services, music, a kids’carnival, children’s shoes, job and career services, community services, familyportraits and more at no charge to guests. Approximately $1,000,000 worth ofgoods and services are provided to the estimated 5,000-10,000 Guests of Honorwho attend each event. Convoy of hope currently feeds roughly 160,000 childrenper year nutritious meals in the Philippines, Central America, and severalregions throughout Africa. Through feeding these children Convoy of Hope opensdoors to provide them and their families with education, clean water, andagricultural training. Each year, tens of thousands of meals are harvested fortheir children’s feeding work and income is generated for farmers and theirfamilies so children are fed and cared for.
Convoy of Hope also equips farmersand families with the skills, tools and seeds to produce crops that willsustain their financial and nutritious needs for years to come. Convoyof hope is well known for their sizable distribution model. Convoy of Hope hasmultiple disaster service teams, six international warehouses and a large MobileCommand Center. Whatever the disaster and need is, they are consistently amongthe first to respond throughout the world. Just this year, Convoy of Hope wasone of the first relief organizations on the ground in several locations duringthis brutal hurricane season. They were available in Mexico after the strongearthquake. Convoy of Hope was and is currently on location during the wildfires in Montana and California. Convoy of Hope is well known for their truckloads of water, food, batteries, clothing and medical supplies given freely andwillingly at a moment’s notice.
Whatever the need is, Convoy of Hope is there. Convoy of Hope has established a program called “One Dayto Feed the World.” This program is Convoy of Hope’s annual giving campaignthat has the power to transform the lives of children and families throughoutthe world. By taking part in One Day to Feed the World you will help transformthe lives of children by providing them with a chance at healthy living.
Work oneDay. Give that one day’s wage. Your One Day changes their everyday! Convoy of Hope has an excellent mission, and adriving passion to feed the world! Resources:Convoy of Hope, Retrievedfrom www.convoyofhope.orgDonaldson, Hal (2016) One Child at a Time Bell, Wes (2016) One Day is Simple