The fighting in Eastern Ukraine continues. There are daily exchanges of fire between Ukrainian troops and the pro-Russian rebels, consistently violating the latest cease-fire agreement. Power lines have been down in some areas for over a year, access to clean water is unreliable, and constant shelling has taken its physical and psychological toll on residents in Donbass. In the last six months, Convoy of Hope Europe, thanks to the support of our partners, has been able to provide 300 wood stoves to families living in areas with no power. These stoves provided heat for the remainder of the winter, as well as a cooking surface for families to prepare their food through the summer months. We also supplied seeds for 300 families to plant vegetable gardens. The gardens have been a big success, as the families were able to grow enough to feed their families, with surplus to store for the coming cold months when supply lines are not as reliable. Over the summer months, we were also able to start a training course for Ukrainian missionaries volunteering to move into contested areas, acting as point persons for the humanitarian relief delivered. This course teaches a variety of topics, including administering humanitarian relief, distributing aid in a combat zone, and ministering to people who have suffered physical and psychological trauma. The first class graduated 16 volunteer missionaries who are now serving on the front lines. As the summer begins to transition to fall, it is time to look ahead and prepare for the coming winter. Without a solid ceasefire agreement, and vital repairs to infrastructure, the cold weather will bring an additional set of challenges to residents in Donbass. A snow storm can garner as many casualties as an outbreak of violence, but Convoy of Hope Europe remains committed to continuing our work providing stoves and heat for families without power. We remain committed to reaching Eastern Ukraine physically, socially, and spiritually, but we cannot do it without your help! To contribute to the Ukraine Disaster Relief Fund, click here.
JUNE 25 HOW YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN NEPAL On April 25th, devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. It left thousands of people dead and some 700,000 people displaced from their homes. Thanks to friends like you, including churches and businesses, Convoy of Hope's disaster relief team— along with our partners — responded immediately with food and emergency supplies in many of the hardest-hit areas in Nepal. To date, our distributions of food and supplies have taken place in 80 communities and villages. Nearly 300,000 meals, and more than 1,900 tents and tarps, have been distributed to thousands of families in need. As you know, by now, the news media and many relief organizations have moved on, but Convoy of Hope and its partners have made a long-term commitment to Nepal. Please know your generosity and compassion makes our relief and recovery efforts possible. Thank you so much for giving and caring, and be assured that because of you we have people on the ground meeting needs every single day. God bless you. Please watch this very short video update to see how you are making a difference in Nepal. Update #4 MAY 12, 2015 Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services Team has been in the operations center overnight monitoring the aftermath of a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal around 1:00 a.m. (CDT), causing considerable damage along with numerous injuries and fatalities. “We’ve been able to establish contact with our team on the ground in Nepal, who’ve been leading response efforts to the devastating earthquake that struck last month and they are all safe,” says Kary Kingsland, senior vice president. “Our team is reporting the situation there is only compounded by the extensive damage from the previous quake.” The team in Nepal is currently assessing any new needs that may arise in the aftermath of this latest earthquake. MAY 7, 2015 The monsoon season will compound human suffering through rain, flash floods and mudslides. Humanitarian organizations, including ours, have pre-positioned lifesaving relief items. Convoy of Hope and our partners have identified three high priority areas to focus relief operations on: Focus area 1: Sindupalchok Focus area 2: Okhaldunga Focus area 3: Ramechaap These areas were selected based upon the following criteria: 1. Need (80%+ destruction of homes) and number of displaced people. 2. Communities that are less accessible or inaccessible, and appear to be receiving little or no support form government agencies, military and/or NGO’s. To date, we have distributed 89,640 meals in Nepal, with the help of 56 volunteers. Our newest video update was posted this morning right here on the Hope Supply. Scroll down to see how we’re committed to bringing help and hope to Nepal, no matter how long it takes. MAY 1, 2015 Our Disaster Response team on the ground in Nepal continues to work with local partners. Convoy of Hope is sending 700 tarps to the region donated by Springfield, Mo., based Bass Pro Shops. The Nepalese government is reporting that at least half a million tents are needed for earthquake survivors who’ve been forced from their homes. We hope these tarps will bring much-needed relief to survivors who’ve been left to the elements. The team on the ground has already surveyed several sites and delivered supplies that will provide meals for 7-10 days per family. Distributions are expected to expand in the coming days. Video Update #2 Video Update #1 April 25, 2015 As many of you are watching the effects the 7.8-magnitude earthquake is having on the people of Nepal, Convoy of Hope is responding! Teams, equipment and supplies are already on their way to Nepal. It is by faith that we act, knowing that you and your partners will also respond in generosity as you have in the past! As the world looks on, this is a crucial time for His Church to stand in the gap for Nepal! We ask you to respond quickly and generously. One of our partners in Kathmandu writes, “In every direction, people are living without electricity, with a limited water supply, and communication is extremely unreliable. Re-entry into our homes must only be done for seconds at a time as conditions are very dangerous.” The team is working with a network of more than 100 churches and organizations in Nepal who are ready, willing and able to assist in the response. Your rapid response will expedite relief and breathe hope into what seems like a hopeless situation. Thank you for faithfully stewarding God’s blessings so that the nation of Nepal can rise from the rubble!
In February, Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) received a request to step in and assist with humanitarian efforts in the war zone of Eastern Ukraine. The Donbass region has seen intense action from rebel fighters in the last 18 months, taking its toll on the land and on the people. Teamed with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and other organizations from all over Europe, COHEU has taken direct action to address specific needs within these communities. The initial commitment supplied wood-burning stoves for families in cities without power or gas to see them through the rest of the winter. Close to 350 stoves were delivered to five cities and villages, along with firewood to fuel them. These stoves will afford heat and a cooking surface for families until power is restored. We also provided seeds and supplies for over three hundred families to grow and store their own food to help them through this summer and upcoming winter. Between 1,000 and 1,500 loaves of bread and medical supplies are sent daily to cities in the worst-hit areas. Because so many of these areas are still under lockdown by the Ukrainian military as they deal with separatists, this humanitarian assistance is literally the difference between life and death for some of these incredible people. In the last month, COHEU also started a training course for Ukrainians volunteering to move into some of the most dangerous areas to act as point persons for humanitarian relief on the ground. These volunteers make a commitment to coordinate relief distribution in each village, and receive training on working with victims of trauma, communication, and project management. Your support is making a difference! It is impossible to know if this conflict will continue for months or years, but we remain committed to helping the people in Eastern Ukraine through this difficult time. Thank you for making it possible!
Vivian, the wife of the pastor of New Life church in Irbid, tells us about a pediatrician that visits these mothers in the hospitals and in their homes. She discovered that mothers were unable to produce milk anymore because of the trauma that they had experienced. These refugees only come with the clothes on their back and have nothing. They are looking for help with different organizations. The church in Irbid is helping 90 mothers at the moment, but would love to do more. To help a young mother with babymilk, it costs just 20€ each month. As much as possible they would like to help each mother until her baby starts to eat solid food. Join us. 20€ a month will give a baby proper food and nourishment. Mother’s milk in a time like this is always the best. A baby receives not only the nutrients from the mother but also all the love and affection that comes with it. Mothers want to, but many times they are unable. The beautiful dream of motherly love fades in the hard and cold reality that refugees face everyday. These babies are born into a very difficult situation;in a refugee camp and far away from what used to be home. The fathers have been killed, imprisoned or are fighting for freedom. To bring a child into the world in times of war is far from ideal. The Syrian refugee crisis is a current problem, though seemingly far away. But not to long ago something similar happened in our European continent. A book was published about children that survived the ‘hunger winter’ in the Netherlands during the latter part of the Second World War. This research showed that babies who were malnourished while still in the womb and also during their first months as a baby had fallen behind in their development. Churches at that time were trying to help. One of the stories told is of a woman who wanted to give her baby away, at least till the end of the war. What a heart wrenching choice this mother had to make during times of war. When this mother arrived at the church, she was told that there was no room for her baby. They already had too many and could not care for any more, but she was given milk powder and received the promise that she would continue to receive help in the following months. What started as an act of desperation turned into an act of salvation, not just for the baby, but also for the parents. Hope finds a way to make a difference. Join us. 20€ a month will give a baby proper food and nourishment. To contribute to this project or projects like this: DONATE Thank you!
On Saturday the 25th April 2015 two major earthquakes shook the villages of Nepal, and devastated men, women and children. Over 500,000 people were left homeless and another 8,583 people were confirmed dead. In the midst of this heartache, Convoy of Hope is endeavoring to bring hope and healing to those who have been impacted most. The Convoy of Hope team continues to access remote regions that have suffered tremendous loss, and marvel at God’s provision of a network that is familiar with these regions and strategically positioned to advance aid and much needed supplies. Alongside our in country partners, our disaster response team is continuing to provide food, water purification filters and shelter to those who are affected even if the aftershocks cause further panic and fear. Up to date Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 269.000 meals. Convoy of Hope has also made a long-term commitment to help the Nepalese people. That said, our commitment and expertise will only carry us so far. We urgently need more resources to help more people in Nepal. In other words, we need you, our friends, to help equip our team to bring help and hope to more people in Nepal. We have prepared a video that you can watch and download the video here. Thank you so much for your continued support of the people in Nepal. Your donation can be send to: Convoy of Hope Europe Waterloosestwg 45,B-1640, St. Genesius-Rode, Belgium IBAN: BE18 7340 1280 9665 BIC: KREDBEBB