Category Archives: Ask Sponsor Services

Aug 16 2011

5 great letter-writing ideas for your sponsored friend

Three CFCA sponsored children from El Salvador talk about letter-writing and what they want to hear from sponsors. Here are five topics they want to know more about: jobs, recreational activities, parents, grandchildren and gardening.

Brenda, CFCA sponsored child in El Salvador



How long have you been sponsored? Four years.

How often do you write your sponsor? At least five times a year.

What do you like about writing letters? I enjoy making drawings for them.

Does your sponsor write you? If so, how often? Around five times a year.

What have you learned about your sponsor through letters? She is a joyful person, very friendly. She has told me that she is a doctor and cures animals. Sometimes she cures her grandchildren too. Read more

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Jun 3 2011

Why isn’t my sponsored child smiling in photos?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. My sponsored child isn’t smiling in photos. Are my contributions making a difference in his/her life?

A. Smiling for a photo is learned behavior. American children, subjects of a thousand photos by the time they are 5 years old, know to smile when they are in front of a camera.

But sponsored children may only have their picture taken once a year for their CFCA sponsor. That is probably the only time they are photographed. Therefore, having their picture taken is serious business.

Look at the early photos of your own parents, grandparents and great grandparents – no one is smiling. It took a lot of photos before the photographers learned to say, “Smile!” and the subjects to say, “Cheese.”

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Mar 4 2011

My child is turning 18 soon. Will he/she be leaving the sponsorship program?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. My child is turning 18 soon. Will he/she be leaving the sponsorship program?

A. Not necessarily. Within the CFCA sponsorship program, eligibility for sponsorship does not depend on age. As long as your friend is attending school, including college, technical or trade school, he or she can stay in the sponsorship program.

The Hope for a Family sponsorship program provides children with the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.

This means encouraging them to continue their education. As long as your friend is sponsored, he or she will receive help with tuition, books, school supplies, and even transportation and meal costs.

With the help of sponsorship, the burden of paying for education does not fall entirely on the family and it will be easier for your friend to stay in school and achieve his or her career goals, become self-sufficient and help support the family and community.

It may be helpful to ask your sponsored friend about his or her educational plans in your letters.

As a sponsor, you can be a positive influence in your friendís life. Encourage your friend to continue with school and let your friend know how proud you are of his or her effort.

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Feb 10 2011

Honduras project celebrates 125 sponsored members’ graduation

CFCA graduates in Santa Barbara, Honduras

Despite tremendous obstacles, 125 youth sponsored through CFCA and some scholarship students graduated from high school in December 2010.

My name is Manuel Pineda. I am the coordinator in the CFCA project in Santa Barbara, Honduras.

As coordinator, I have witnessed the efforts made by students in my country to reach their educational goals, especially those who live in rural areas.

Students are constantly tempted to drop out of school because of burdens such as economic limitations, lack of support and absence of parents, lack of public transportation to school, insufficient and inadequate nutrition, etc.

Manuel Pineda

Manuel Pineda

In December 2010, our CFCA project in Santa Barbara celebrated the graduation of 125 sponsored members and some scholarship students from high school in areas like business administration, social service, Spanish teaching, tourism and automotive mechanics. Some graduated as technicians in refrigeration, computers and nursing.

Many of these students had to work to cover part of their educational expenses. Others had to walk more than 6 miles to get to school, but with the support of CFCA, they have had the chance to reach their professional dreams.

“I thank CFCA for supporting me since fourth grade up to finishing my high school. When my mother passed away, I did receive economic and spiritual support,” said Nancy, a sponsored girl who graduated from high school after studying business administration.

Parents of Mirta, a sponsored girl and now a computer technician, told us, “We had five children and only Mirta has had the chance to give us the joy of seeing her graduate because we never pictured having this in our life.”

I have been able to appreciate the joy of these parents, a couple in their 70s, to see the success of their daughter, which they consider a family achievement.

The graduated students have demonstrated they are capable, with good behavior and great discipline, once given an opportunity. CFCA helps them to overcome the obstacles that they face daily.

When I reflect on these achievements, I see how CFCA is an active source of hope, helping the sponsored members and their families to be strong and to transform their own realities.

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Jan 7 2011

How do I know when to pay my sponsorship since I donít get a bill?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. How do I know when to pay my sponsorship since I donít get a bill?

A. CFCA does not mail a standard monthly statement. We send a receipt or a reminder notice.

CFCA mails you a receipt for your contribution. This receipt indicates the amount that was received and the due date for your next sponsorship donation. At the bottom of the receipt is a tear-off remittance form that you can use to mail in with your next contribution. For your convenience, a return envelope is provided.

If you happen to miss your sponsorship due date, we will mail you a reminder. Sponsors who contribute for multiple months also receive reminders as a courtesy prior to their due dates. The reminder includes the same tear-off remittance form to include with your next contribution.

We also have an Automatic Payment Plan, where the money is automatically taken out of the bank account or credit card you want to use. It is safe, secure and reduces our costs.

Please feel free to call Sponsor Services at (800) 875-6564, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, if you have any questions about your sponsorship.

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Dec 3 2010

Why is my sponsored child pictured in worn clothing?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. My childís photo shows him with a frayed shirt and tattered shoes. Isnít clothing one of the benefits of sponsorship?

A. Yes, clothing is one of the benefits of sponsorship, and many projects provide new dress clothes for sponsored children, youth and aging members each year.

Some of the quarter million photos we process each year, however, show children in worn clothing. The reason could be as simple as the child forgot to tell his mother that tomorrow was CFCA picture day.

Most mothers want their children to be photographed in a nice outfit, even if that clothing is borrowed from a neighbor, or is the only dress clothing they own.

Keep that in mind if your child is photographed wearing an exceptionally fine outfit. It may be one of the few times of the year he or she dresses so well.

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Nov 4 2010

Does CFCA work with sponsored members from various faith backgrounds?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. Does CFCA work with sponsored members from various faith backgrounds?

A. Yes. Founded by lay Catholics and grounded in the Gospel call to serve the poor, CFCA works with people from all faith traditions. Among our more than 300,000 sponsored members are Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and followers of indigenous beliefs.

Our mission is to build community and foster culturally diverse relationships based on mutual respect, understanding and support without religious or other prejudice.

When we create a true exchange of cultures, understanding and love as equals, we are alleviating not just material poverty, but we are also creating the bonds of lasting peace and unity among people of diverse faiths and backgrounds.

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