Several months have passed since the magnitude 8.1 earthquake devastated the nation of Nepal. Hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed, over eight thousand people were killed, and over 15,000 injured. Thanks to you, Convoy of Hope Europe and our partners were able to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance within 24 hours of the earthquake. Your support in reaching across the planet affected 42,000 individuals (9,000 families), providing food and temporary shelters. In the last three months, your generosity assisted families to rebuild stronger, safer homes, and allowed children to return to their schools. This is no small feat! So much has happened in three months, and many humanitarian organizations have already stepped back on the amount of aid they will provide to those still in desperate need of assistance. With your continued support, instead of stepping out of the relief effort in Nepal, we would like to increase our involvement as a long-term, strategic presence in the area. Your kindness made an incredible impact on the people of Nepal, and we look forward to your continued partnership in rebuilding this community stronger than ever before!
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!
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
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.