Mar 22 2014

Celebrating ‘World Water Day’: Cleaning up Lake Atitlan in Guatemala


By Veronica Batton, writer/editor for Unbound

Happy World Water Day! We celebrate this day each year on March 22, as a way to highlight the importance of freshwater and maintaining freshwater resources. The theme for World Water Day 2014 is on “Water and Energy.”

When you consider that 60 percent of the adult human body is made of it, and about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by it, water becomes a pretty important resource for us to care for in the right way. Read more

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Mar 21 2014

Sponsored elderly experience more than money can buy

Unbound sponsored elderly

Sponsored elderly in the Philippines are all smiles on their way to Elderly Day activities organized by the Quezon project.


By Dallas Parker, communications intern at Unbound

For our aging friends, having fun is essential to their health and well-being. Unbound hosts events designed to give social opportunities to aging friends like Elderly Day in our Quezon project in the Philippines. Read more

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Sep 6 2013

CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen wants to meet you…

CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen wants to meet you… (via Rise and Dream)

Anyone who knows CFCA President and Co-founder, Bob Hentzen, realizes he is always on the road. Bob is famous for walking throughout the developing world, taking CFCA sponsors straight to the heart of our work; the homes of the sponsored children and…


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Aug 2 2013

Dreams around the world

A sponsored child in Guatemala

Bradly, a CFCA sponsored child in Guatemala, dreams of becoming a builder.

By Paul Pearce, CFCA director of global strategy

The other day I was talking to Ramiro Zelada, a co-worker who was born in Guatemala, about the word “dream.”

He told me that in Guatemala, those living in poverty think of dreams as something that will never come true.

And in the cases of people who are just trying to make ends meet day to day, dreams can be a reminder of a horizon that is unreachable.

“Dreaming,” Ramiro said, “is a luxury we can’t afford.” Continue reading

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Jan 18 2013

Familiar face brings CFCA to new audiences

Barclay Martin

Barclay Martin, CFCAís new channels marketing coordinator

Barclay Martin joined CFCA last year as new channels marketing coordinator.

But he was a familiar face at CFCA long before joining the staff.

Barclay, a professional musician for the past 10 years, was the composer for CFCA’s documentary, “Rise and Dream,” and is seen in the film learning and helping to teach 13 teenagers about the cultural instruments of their heritage.

We sat down with him to find out more about his role and how his background in music influences his work.

Q. What is your role as new channels marketing coordinator?

A. The new channels department was created to reach new audiences as well as develop innovative and creative ways for people to fall in love with CFCA’s work and the individuals we serve.

It’s so exciting to see people take interest in CFCA’s work. Individuals working together to create sustainable, positive change motivates me a great deal.

I’ve developed a deep respect for the rich diversity of the people I’ve met through my travels.

By celebrating diversity as a global community, we become more aware of the essential elements of life that ultimately bring us closer as human beings. Read the rest of the interview

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Nov 26 2012

‘Rise and Dream’ family movie night: One sponsor’s experience

Rise and Dream movie night with Newpower family

CFCA sponsor Christine Newpower with her son, Paul, 13, and her daughters, Sarah, 9, and Grace, 7. Along with the film DVD and a music CD, the “Rise and Dream” movie night kit contains a planning guide, invitations and other materials to help make your movie night a fun and successful experience.

Great learning opportunities can sometimes occur right in your living room!

Christine Newpower, a sponsor from California, read about the special “Rise and Dream” movie night kit offer extended to CFCA sponsors and volunteers in one of our newsletters.

Christine, who grew up abroad and remembers her Southeast Asian roots, saw the film as an opportunity to teach her children about global poverty.

“We wanted our children to understand how blessed they are in comparison to children growing up in poverty overseas,” she said. “We also wanted to provide that extra connection, knowing that a large part of our extended family still lives there.”

Christine ordered and received a “Rise and Dream” DVD and movie night kit in July and organized a family movie night for her husband and their three children.

“After dinner, we set up our family room with sodas, popcorn, pretzels and chips,” Christine said. “We turned off the lights and drew the blinds for the full theater experience.”

In more ways than one, the film’s setting hit home for the Newpowers. The family sponsors Jasmine, a 9-year-old in the Philippines. Christine’s children have expressed interest in meeting Jasmine someday on a CFCA trip. Read more

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