Ukraine Response

Ukraine Response

03 April – Slavyansk Over the past two days, our Convoy of Hope Europe team member along with our partners on the ground have been traveling throughout eastern Ukraine bringing much needed relief to the people who have been crushed by the continuing conflict in the region. With the sound of shelling and gunfire in the background, they have given out over 2500 loaves of bread, grocery bags filled with food, baby formula, and numerous humanitarian supplies. Yesterday, the team entered a heavily shelled region as the very first humanitarian team to enter that village since the conflict began. The needs were overwhelming, but hope began to break through the eyes of the people as they received bread and other…

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The Disaster The News Forgot

The Disaster the News Forgot

Albania is recovering from a flood many consider to be the worst in living memory. Heavy snow and rain in January overwhelmed the river system causing severe flooding in the districts of Vlore, Fier, Gjirokaster, and Berat; all 60-100 miles south of Tirana, the country’s capital. The Albanian government declared a State of Emergency and police and army troops have been working to evacuate people and livestock from over 1,500 homes with boats and helicopters. The deluge submerged 35,000 acres, making entire villages inaccessible. Most of Southern Albania is without power and drinking water. Here is the good news: the State Emergency Response Group invited all organizations and churches to help, and we are racing through the open door! Convoy…

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How To Spend A Million Dollars!

How to spend a million dollars!

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, which occurred on 12 January 2010. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and the country was practically destroyed. Thus began one of the biggest disaster relief efforts undertaken by Convoy of Hope International. We are deeply grateful that because of 16 European nations, we, as Convoy of Hope Europe, were able to contribute over a million dollars to this response.  Within weeks, millions of meals and water purification units were distributed, especially in the area of Port-au-Prince. Over the years, the work has continued. An agricultural initiative teaches farmers needed skills to produce crops, and a 30,000 square foot warehouse was built just outside of the capitol.…

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Syria Update :: March 2014

Syria Update :: March 2014

"The needs are unbelievable. So many people who have nothing are living with 20 other people in one house or small living space, and life here is expensive." Every Tuesday, families gather in Irbid, near the Syrian border, to receive distributions of food parcels that include items such as rice, tea, sugar, spaghetti, milk and cooking oil. The parcels will feed a family of five for 10-15 days. Dikran Salbashian, pastor of New Life Church in Amman, says any amount of help is immeasurable to the refugees. Salbashian notes the Jordanian government estimates 1.3 million Syrians have fled to Jordan, putting a strain on the country's economic and social infrastructures. Most of the refugees who have settled in Irbid are…

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Philippines Update :: March 2014

Philippines Update :: March 2014

On November 8, 2013, the Philippines was struck by a devastating typhoon that killed over 6,000 and displaced millions. Convoy of Hope’s Global Disaster Response Team sent relief supplies when Typhoon Haiyan was still on its way. Food and supplies were also on hand at the COH distribution center in Manila where 20,000 children are fed regularly. After the typhoon hit, hundreds of volunteers started distributing 1.24 million meals and provisions to eight provinces. Additionally, we’ve provided fishing nets, water filters, hygiene kits, and other supplies to help victims rebuild their lives. Repairs have also been completed on a local church in Danbantayan to ensure food storage and feeding programs in the area continue as these people are still in…

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