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 basic supplies. Convoy of Hope Europe continues to be encouraged by your response, and through your generosity, we will continue to lift the hurting with hope and compassionately express His love in tangible ways! Our Convoy of Hope team member writes, “On the way back from a village on Tuesday we stopped at the last check point, which is a regular procedure. The officer at the check-point asked us who we were and where we were going. When we told them we were bringing food to the civilians, the officer asked us how the civilians were doing. We shared that these people were asking for bread. The officer sent one of his soldiers to bring three cans of meat. He said, “It's not my first rotation and I know how hard it is for the civilians to survive. I want to help at least one person". He wrote on the can "For the civilians from the Ukrainian National Guard". This is a really big deal because the government can't even afford to pay their own troops, so this is food they bought out of their own pockets for their own survival and they're giving it away to others.” The soldier responded with what he had in his hand. What will you do with what has been placed in your hands? Please give and do not delay that we may continue to assist these people and organizations as they extend hope to the Ukrainian people. DONATE TO THIS PROJECT. ==== 02 April - Krasnagorovka The team returned to Krasnagorovka with more food supplies for another 1500 people. We also brought basic medical supplies for city residents, and educational coloring books for children showing different types of landmines and how to avoid them. ==== 01 April – Avdiivka The town of Avdiivka is located just north of the Donetsk Airport, one of the hotbeds of conflict since the beginning of the separatist movement. Their close proximity to the major rebel outpost keeps most humanitarian organizations away, though the city is without power and water. Last summer the city was home to over 36,000 people. Now, they have under 10,000. Our Disaster Response Team was able to distribute bread, diapers, baby food, and other humanitarian supplies to over 2000 individuals. The town is in desperate need of water, and the local city government is looking to dig wells to supplement the unstable water supply, though they do not have the funds to complete this project. ==== 31 March - Mironovski The Disaster Response Team loaded with another 1500 loaves of bread and other supplies for Ukrainians in the city of Mironovski, six kilometers from separatist-held Debaltsev. The main bridge across the river had been bombed two days ago, so makeshift tire/track strips covered the gap to allow cars and tanks to pass. Word had been spread about our imminent arrival, and hundreds of people were at the distribution point waiting for the caravan to roll up. There was no time to compile the supplies into an orderly line, so the team distributed items directly from the vans. ==== 30 March - Krasnagorovka Relief workers left for Krasnagorovka loaded with 1500 loaves of bread and other supplies. Due to difficulties with separatist activity near the city, the military had a blockade around the city to keep anyone from entering. A military escort was provided to the Disaster Relief Team as they were allowed to continue into the city. Working with a local church, we were able to unload all supplied into the remains of recently bombed store. Citizens were able to come through the store and were given food, clothes, hygiene products, and diapers. The entire city is without power. Our partner church there manages a soup kitchen, though with the lockdown there is nowhere for people to buy food, even if they had the money to purchase it. The businesses fled with three quarters of the population. The elementary school was bombed one night (no children were killed) but now the kids are not in school. There are no jobs, and the Ukrainian government is threatening to cut off pensions for the old people because of fears the money is being funneled to the rebels. Rows and rows of houses and apartments sit empty. ==== March 25th, 2015 Despite the Minsk ceasefire agreement, consistent shelling in Eastern Ukraine continues to take a toll on the population. Every day, there are new reports of families trapped in the rubble of their homes begging for rescue. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, five million people in Ukraine have been affected by the conflict and are in direct need of humanitarian assistance. Over a million are completely homeless, and thousands have been killed. Convoy of Hope Europe has partnered with CBN and some local NGO’s in the Donetsk region of Ukraine to provide stoves, food supplies, bread, diapers, and other assistance. Each potbelly stove provides heat and a cooking surface for families whose homes have been damaged by the fighting and are available for $50 each. Convoy of Hope Europe also supplies enough wood in the stoves to burn for the rest of the Ukrainian winter, as well as oilskin cloth for window coverings to seal windows destroyed by the fighting. 100 wood stoves have already been delivered, and as of this week, another 200 have been ordered. Convoy of Hope Europe is looking to expand the aid delivered to families in damaged homes, as well as implementing new feeding and resource programs for those stranded in makeshift camps as they await evacuation to safety. Recovery from this type of devastation will take years. Convoy of Hope Europe is committed to working with the people of Ukraine as they rebuild their lives, but we cannot do it without the backing of our supporters. If you would like to contribute to the Ukrainian War Relief Effort, click here.
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 of Hope Europe has an established presence in Albania through multiple Adopt-A-Community programs, one of which happens to be in Fier. Our representatives are well-placed to spearhead the local relief effort as the waters begin to recede. They are coordinating with other Christian organizations and have already begun gathering and distributing blankets, drinking water, and basic food supplies to affected families. One of these families has four sons between the ages of four and eleven. One of the boys has been diagnosed with Thalassemia, a blood disorder requiring monthly trips to Tirana for transfusions. Their father is unemployed except for odd jobs, and tries to feed his family by catching fish in the river with a basic net. All six family members sleep in one room. Before the flood they lived in abject poverty. Now, even what little they had for bedding was destroyed by the water. Another mother was evacuated with her 17-month old triplet daughters when her house in Darzezë was completely submerged. All of her furniture in the house has been destroyed, and she must stay with relatives until it is safe to return home. These people are not used to being loved. For most Albanians, the only aid they will actually see is what our teams provide, and what they accept is laced with suspicion at what we will expect from them in return. They have been approached by “relief groups” whose “help” is dependent on voting a certain way in the country’s upcoming June elections. Can you imagine their reactions when we expect nothing in return? One of the local pastors on our Response Team met with the Albanian Director of State Social Services. She was happy and thankful for what help has been provided so far, but has asked Convoy of Hope Europe to also supply 100 beds and mattresses for the people in the most desperate conditions. One bed and mattress set will cost $80. To supply these 100 mattresses, to meet this need, we need you. If you would like to provide sleep for a family who has lost everything, please follow this link to our donations page, and designate your donation for the Albanian Relief Effort.
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. Today, Convoy of Hope is feeding 62,000 children every school day. For more information, check out the full article on the Convoy of Hope International website.
"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 seeking a better life than what is prevalent at the massive Saatari refugee camp on the border. "This is a place where women are selling themselves for food," he says. "It's a desolate place of pain. You feel the hopelessness there. I'm hopeful that some are finding solace in what we can offer here." Convoy of Hope Europe wants to continue supporting the efforts of Pastor Salbashian. We are grateful for the help that we have received from many of you already. However, the needs persist and we cannot continue this work without additional help. Will you reach out again? Because of your donation, many will be helped and, maybe for the very first time, hear a message of hope and comfort. Thank you. To donate to this project, click here
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 need of ongoing support. To donate to this project, click here