Continuing hope after disasters and crises – United Republic of Tanzania

Convoy of Hope responds to disasters and crises of all kinds in places around the world. Some make headlines; Others don’t. Either way, Convoy is committed to bringing hope around the world in times of great need.

Tanzania: Locust infestation

Huge swarms of locusts have invaded East Africa, with devastating impacts on farmers and community members who depend on agriculture for their income and necessities. In response, Convoy of Hope provided hundreds of thousands of meals, distributed seeds to replace crops, and trained hundreds of households in sustainable farming.

Mozambique: Internal Displacement Crisis

Violence in the northern provinces of Mozambique has forced more than 700,000 people to flee in search of safety and shelter. Armed conflict, COVID-19 and mass displacement have had a devastating effect on food security. The ongoing rainy season has also presented an increased threat of malaria to vulnerable people. The convoy’s response includes food, mosquito nets and other necessities.

Lebanon: economic crisis

After an economic collapse in recent years, more than 80% of the Lebanese population now lives below the poverty line. The harsh Lebanese winter has heightened concerns, leaving many vulnerable in already harsh conditions. Convoy of Hope is responding with food, hygiene kits, heating supplies and other necessities.

Philippines: Super Typhoon Rai

On December 15, Super Typhoon Rai hit the Philippines, bringing flooding, massive storm surge and sustained winds of up to 200 km/h. The typhoon displaced more than 630,000 people. Convoy of Hope has been quick to respond, already providing more than 600,000 meals — in addition to other necessities — to survivors in 23 communities so far.

Tonga: Eruption and tsunami of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano

After a volcano erupted in the South Pacific, a devastating tsunami followed, sending waves reaching 49ft in Tonga — an island nation east of Australia — as volcanic ash fell . Electricity across Tonga is gone, as are telephone services and internet connection. Convoy of Hope teams in the United States and Australia responded quickly and are now working through a national partner church in Tonga to distribute food, water and other relief supplies.

Madagascar: Cyclone Batsiraï

Cyclone Batsirai was one of four storms to hit Madagascar in less than a month, with a fifth storm currently developing off the east coast. Batsirai affected over 94,000 people, displacing the vast majority. Batsirai also damaged or destroyed over 800 schools and over 50 medical facilities. With the help of a local partner church, Convoy is delivering food, water and other relief supplies to those in need.

Venezuela: economic crisis and floods

Since 2013, the Venezuelan economy has been in decline, causing mass displacement and a general deterioration in living conditions. Recent storms have heightened concerns, flooding parts of Venezuela’s Merida and Zulia states. Convoy of Hope has identified and responded to the needs of over 622,000 people across Venezuela, providing over 2 million meals and other life-saving relief supplies.

Multiple countries: Afghan refugee crisis

After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, refugees fled to various countries around the world. Convoy of Hope is responding by providing food, water, personal hygiene items, and other relief supplies to refugees in need of hope in the United States and abroad.

In addition to these areas, Convoy of Hope is engaged in long-term recovery efforts, multi-country COVID-19 relief, and many other responses to natural disasters and humanitarian crises around the world. To stay up to date on how Convoy is providing hope in times of need, click here.

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