Response Updates

Convoy’s Scalable Disaster Response Model Meets Needs Worldwide

Reported by Convoy of Hope

Canada – Wildfires

The wildfires blazing in Canada are the biggest and most devastating fires Canada has experienced in decades. Federal data shows that as of Friday, more than 22 million acres of the country have burned. Convoy of Hope’s disaster response model is providing relief to thousands.

Last week, Convoy sent thousands of pounds of water and other relief supplies to Canada. People left vulnerable by the fires will receive clothing, hygiene kits, water, and more.

The fires have forced more than 155,000 people from their homes. As of Sunday, more than 860 fires were still burning. There are three months left in the active wildfire season.

Convoy of Hope is committed to helping Canadians affected by the wildfires as they flee to safety and look to rebuild in the future.

Guam – Super Typhoon Mawar

In late May, Super Typhoon Mawar slammed Guam. The island received the full brunt of the storm, leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. Intense winds uprooted trees, swept away vehicles, tore off roofs, and hurled debris. 

Convoy of Hope is actively engaging with local partners to identify and address unmet needs arising from the aftermath of Mawar. Communities are grappling with various challenges, including debris cleanup, home reconstruction, and overcrowded shelters.

East Africa – Drought

Convoy of Hope continually runs distributions in East Africa to bring help and hope to individuals and families affected by the yearslong severe drought in the area. 

The greatest need — identified by local leadership and Convoy’s teams on the ground — is an emergency-based food program. Individuals and families received enough food to sustain them for a month at a time, in addition to water and other relief supplies.

Continued food provision is the highest priority in this current crisis. Many families have a small amount of access to water sources, but do not have access to enough water for crops to grow or to sustain their livestock. The food Convoy provides allows families to allocate their scarce resources across the means they do not have. It helps sustain their day-to-day life.

Sudan – Humanitarian Crisis

Sudan is experiencing a civil conflict between two warring militaries. The fighting between Sudanese Armed Forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces has caused mass displacement, civil unrest, and the dwindling of already limited resources in Sudan.

Convoy of Hope is one of just a few organizations distributing relief supplies in the country. Convoy works with those running camps for internally displaced people. In late June, Convoy was prepared to run a distribution at a camp; however, upon arrival, it became evident that the refugees had been without food for days.

Faced with this stark reality, the team determined the best option for people’s survival and immediate assistance was to cook food on-site and to serve everyone a hot meal. Everyone in the camp received cooked food for the next few days — more than 2,500 received food in total.

The situation in Sudan is dire, but Convoy of Hope remains committed to serving as many vulnerable people as possible through its disaster response model.

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