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Jan 23 2013

Hamburgers and sauce recipe from Honduras, part 1

CFCA serves more than 18,000 sponsored children and elderly in Honduras.A CFCA mothers group there,the Faith and Hope mothers group,sells homemade hamburgers to those in their community. They made such amazing hamburgers that we had to get the recipe and share it with you, along with a special sauce they make to go with the burgers. Here is part one of the recipe!

Hamburgers and sauce from Honduras

Hamburgers and special sauce from Honduras … mmm!

The mothers make and sell these hamburgers, and their recipe makes 40 burgers! You may want to adjust the recipe based on how many hamburgers you plan to serve. Get the recipe!

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Jan 22 2013

Helping end violence in India by empowering women, girls

Elizabeth-AlexBy Elizabeth Alex, CFCA community outreach and media relations director

The voice of powerless women in India has been heard.

It’s tragic that it took the rape, torture and agonizing death of a promising young physiology student to bring that voice to the world.

“I am heartbroken about the news of this young woman,” said Paul Pearce, CFCA director of global strategy. “She was heroic to hold her head up high and go to school. I hear she had big dreams of building a hospital back in her village.”

CFCA has more than 35,000 sponsored children and aging friends in India. We also support a home for boys from the streets in Delhi, the city where the young woman was attacked.

Our staff and families understand how the simple act of boarding a bus can become a deadly decision; women and the poor are vulnerable and become targets just by reaching for their dreams.

“The heroic journey on the path out of poverty can be a daunting and even lonely task,” Pearce said. “Many in the communities where we work live in a state of isolation.”

We are learning that most of the five young men, who are charged with luring the 23-year-old woman and her friend onto a bus with the promise of a ride, came from a slum neighborhood. They have no jobs, and are unable to hire an attorney to represent them.

CFCA works in India and 21 other countries to end this violent cycle with a model that focuses on the individual and his or her needs while building safe and responsible communities. Read more

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Jan 21 2013

Dream with us on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Paco WertinBy Paco Wertin, CEO of CFCA

“Free at last, free at last, thank God, we are free at last,” echoes in my heart.

And “we shall overcome, someday …” practically sings itself out loud on this holiday celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I take a moment to be still and let these words and their music wash over me and call me forth to recognize in my sisters and brothers the dignity that sets us free and sends us down the road, side by side, working together for better days.

Join me in giving thanks to God for the gift that this man has been and continues to be for us all, enticing us toward that community of the beloved where compassion, service and responsibility are the order of the day.

And pray with me: “With you, O God, we are a liberating force of love in our world today!”

Peace to one and all, deep down and all along the way.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo courtesy of www.thekingcenter.org.

DREAM WITH US

Today, to honor Dr. King’s legacy, we encourage all dreamers in the CFCA community to share their dreams. We invite you to visit the CFCA “Rise and Dream” website and inspire others with your own dream ó big, small, profound or humorous.

And, while you are there, read the dreams of others, including the 13 young scholars who share their stories in the CFCA documentary film, “Rise and Dream.”
CFCA sponsored children dreaming

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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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Jan 17 2013

Project coordinator in Uganda: ‘I am a true believer of change’

Teddy Naluwu, Kampala project coordinator in Uganda and former CFCA sponsored child.

Teddy Naluwu, Kampala project coordinator in Uganda and former CFCA sponsored child.

I hope to transform others’ lives through my work with CFCA.

My name is Teddy Naluwu, and I am 31 years old. I have been a part of the CFCA family for more than 20 years, first as a sponsored child and later as an employee.

I have been working for CFCA for the past seven years, and I currently serve as Kampala project coordinator for Uganda, Africa.

Personally, I am a true believer of change. I have seen myself transform from a humble “country girl” to project coordinator of a sizeable project.

Because of CFCA sponsorship and the education I received, I am able to help break through the lines of poverty within my family.

The CFCA-Kampala project believes that we can make the world a better place through our collective efforts.

Engaging with the families in CFCA project activities is an important aspect of my work that shapes my attitude and performance, and boosts my self-worth. Read more

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Jan 16 2013

When a natural disaster hits, does CFCA tell sponsors if sponsored friends are affected?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. When a natural disaster hits, does CFCA tell sponsors if sponsored friends are affected?

A. We do our best to inform sponsors personally whenever their sponsored friend has passed away from a natural disaster or any other cause.

We don’t have the resources to contact each individual sponsor if their friends have been evacuated or otherwise affected from a natural disaster. We’re always working to update our records about sponsored friends who were affected: whether they need a new house, for example, or other support we can provide as they recover from tragedies.

Shortly following a natural disaster, CFCA local staff will typically survey the impacted communities and assess if there are specific family needs that CFCA could help address through special funding from donations to the disaster assistance fund or through direct services from our staff.

If your sponsored friend lives in an affected area, please feel free to contact our Sponsor Services team to see whether any specific information about your sponsored friend has been received. We’ll be more than happy to share that with you.

We also post stories on our website whenever disasters strike areas where our sponsored friends live. While these stories generally don’t contain information about specific children or aging friends, they report on the disaster’s impact in the area and how CFCA is helping.

For more information, please email mail@cfcausa.org or call Sponsor Services at (800) 875-6564 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.

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Jan 15 2013

Mother in India starts family business

Sathya

Sathya opened her own store with help from a CFCA mothers group loan.

We recently heard from our Hyderabad project in India about several mothers of sponsored children who are exemplifying the potential of families living in poverty. Here’s the story of Sathya – enjoy!

My family and I live in a remote village in India.

My husband used to be a contract worker; the income he earned was not enough to support our family.

I had an opportunity to take out a loan through my mothers group.

I talked with my husband, and we both shared the idea of opening a store in our village.

He supported my idea and agreed to purchase the required materials for the store.

First, I opened the store in our home.

I soon repaid the first loan, and I took out another loan to purchase a kiosk made with wood.

After that was repaid, I asked for a third loan to buy a refrigerator to keep a few cool drinks in the store.

After a few years, my husband left his job and is helping me run the business. Read more

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