Since its foundation in 1994, Convoy of Hope has served more than 50 million people around the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, citywide outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.
“In our first year of operations, we served 70,000 people,” recalls Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope. “With the help of partners and supporters, we’ve come a long way and this is a significant milestone for us.”
In 2011, Convoy of Hope had enrolled more than 100,000 children in its children’s feeding initiative and conducted major disaster relief efforts in response to the Joplin tornado and earthquake in Japan. Also in 2011, Convoy of Hope served more than nine million people through its four main initiatives.
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One of those served is Stevenson, 12, who lives in a Convoy of Hope sponsored orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was rescued from the mean streets of Port-au-Prince and is now thriving.
“I am thankful to be here,” says Stevenson. “I sleep well and I am able to eat and go to school. If I were not here I would be out in the street with no life.”
Stevenson says he wants to be a mechanic and a professional soccer player when he grows up.
“We’re reaching more and more people like Stevenson every year,” says Donaldson. “As the need to help people around the world grows, our efforts will continue to increase.”
Convoy of Hopes plans to add significantly to the 50 million people currently served by expanding the children’s feeding initiative in 2012 and with the launch of the 50-state Convoy of Hope All America Tour.