Since it’s inception in 2003 Convoy of Hope Europe has provided churches and organizations with resources to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of the socially weak and underprivileged.
The goal of COHEU is to see communities all over the continent transformed to become a better place for people to live. To make this goal a reality, COHEU is active in disaster relief, inner city community events, Adopt-a-Community projects, and assisting in various development initiatives around the world.
Convoy of Hope International was formed in 1994 by Hal Donaldson. His is a life that was transformed by compassion. On August 25, 1969, his parents, Harold and Betty Donaldson, were hit head-on by a drunk driver. Harold was killed; Betty survived but was so severely injured she was unable to work or cook for several months. During this time, the Donaldson children experienced first-hand what it was like to go without many of life’s basic necessities. The Donaldsons were more fortunate than others as people from local churches and the community provided them with food and shelter and gave them a sense of hope.
Out of this experience, Convoy of Hope was formed. Since Convoy of Hope began it has served more than 30 million people and distributed more than $100 million worth of food and supplies throughout the world. The organization also feeds 50,000 children each day.
In 2003 Michael McNamee and Hal Donaldson, soon joined by Albert Walsweer, started Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU). Their first event was in Brussels, Belgium. Since then, COHEU has been active in 36 countries, in 25 languages giving hope and help to people in need.