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  • Writer's pictureLeigh Gerstenberger

Africa Waits

Over the past several years I’ve become acquainted with Convoy of Hope, a faith-based non-profit humanitarian organization that provides food, supplies, and humanitarian services to impoverished or otherwise needy populations throughout the world. The organization also engages in disaster relief work. 

Recently I visited Convoy’s new headquarters in Springfield, MO and was overwhelmed by the mission of this organization and the impact it has daily in the lives of people around the world devastated by disasters ranging from earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, fires, acts of war and famines.

In just the last 30 days, Convoy has served communities in: the Middle East distributing hundreds of thousands of food kits and prepared meals to individuals in Gaza and Israel; Ukraine where they are providing blankets and Christmas gifts to children and families dealing with the ravishes of war; Tennessee distributing sanitary and hygiene kits to communities impacted by recent tornados; Japan providing food, water and other essential items to individuals made homeless overnight from the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck on New Year’s Day.

Convoy also orchestrates city reaching events in the U.S. throughout the year that provide everything from family photos, food banks, school backpacks and haircuts to the working poor throughout our country.  Additionally, they run women’s empowerment and agriculture development programs around the world to help individuals become self-sufficient and, in doing so more effectively support their families and communities.

During my visit I learned about Convoy’s recently introduced program, Africa Waits, focused on serving the Horn of Africa to help alleviate the suffering caused by the worst drought this area has experienced in 40 years.  The drought, which began in 2020 has pushed 20 million people into crisis levels of food insecurity.

While I consider myself well informed on national and international events, I was entirely unaware of the humanitarian crisis impacting such a large area of the African continent.

If you want to learn more about Convoy of Hope and the work they’re doing in Africa and around the world to serve humankind, please click on the link below to be taken to their website.

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