Hope in Haiti, Day 1: 69,000 hungry kids and counting

Eric Olson, SBJ EditorConvoy of Hope was on the ground in Haiti well before the destructive earthquake. The Springfield organization has since bolstered support and continued to make trips to reassess needs and deliver goods and services.

I’m joining a small group of Convoy staff and businesspeople from around the country the next couple of days on a Hope Experience. The trips are designed to educate and substantiate Convoy’s mission of feeding children worldwide, responding to disasters, connecting communities and partnering for resources.

Travel Day: Springfield is somewhere below the blanket of clouds.

Travel Day: Springfield is somewhere below the blanket of clouds.

I’ll be documenting parts of the trip and sharing insight into how Convoy of Hope orchestrates its web of services and what that looks like on the ground. Haiti is just one of many places worldwide on Convoy’s map.

To be sure, Convoy of Hope is connected. Before my travel companion, Rick Zorehkey, and I left the Springfield airport, we heard about a bear-hunting trip mixed with business in Perm, Russia (the international businessman said his group got one bear) and ran into a man boarding for Liberia.

Rick has the gift of talking and making friends. It’s no wonder he was successful in Southern California real estate – before taking this business development job with Convoy four years ago. (His official title is special assistant to the co-founder.)

He’s only four days removed from a 10-day trip out west.

Mobile Office: Rick Zorehkey of Convoy of Hope conducts business during a layover in Dallas.

Mobile Office: Rick Zorehkey of Convoy of Hope conducts business during a layover in Dallas.

Other Springfield businesspeople who have gone before me on a Hope Experience are Tom Rankin, Jami Peebles, Larry O’Reilly and Bryan Simpson.

Zorehkey was last in Haiti in March. He’s visited more than a dozen times since 2010. Of the 130,000 kids enrolled in Convoy’s feeding programs, 69,000 are in Haiti.

We’ve met up with our first compadre, Troy Austin of the National Christian Foundation, and we’re on our way.

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1 Response to “Hope in Haiti, Day 1: 69,000 hungry kids and counting”


  1. 1 Stacey Wilkerson September 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Eric, I am so happy to hear about this opportunity to help the kids in Haiti. I couldn’t imagine the experience to see firsthand how Convoy of Hope and all the people pull together to help children in need. Safe travels and we look forward to your return home.
    Stacey Wilkerson
    Springfield Business Journal


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