Feb 7 2014

Philippine festival known for pageantry and devotion

By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor, Unbound

One of the beautiful aspects of the relationships built through sponsoring a child or elderly friend is learning about the vibrancy and richness of other cultures.

Sponsored friends often write to their sponsors about celebrating cultural events or holidays in their countries.

One such event recently took place in the Philippines. The Ati-Atihan Festival features parades known for their lively tribal dances, colorful indigenous costumes and sounds of drums and lyres (small harp-like instruments).

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Jan 31 2014

Going for gold


We know everyone is excited for the winter Olympics to start in just a few weeks, so we wanted to share the story of one of our own athletes.

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Jan 24 2014

Center named for co-founder is home away from home in Guatemala

Sponsored youth Douglas and his mother, Olga, are pictured outside the new Nadine Pearce Center in Guatemala.

Sponsored youth Douglas and his mother, Olga, are pictured outside the new Nadine Pearce Center in Guatemala.

By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor at Unbound

A spirit of welcome fills the new Nadine Pearce Center, where families in eastern Guatemala gather as part of their local Unbound community.

Nadine was one of the co-founders of Unbound known for her warmth and hospitality. So it’s fitting that the center named in her honor is a home base for families and staff members from Unbound.

“It’s our center,” said Olga, whose son Douglas is sponsored through Unbound. “It’s like having a new home.”

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Oct 24 2013

{Pretty, happy, funny, real} in Africa

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday the Like Mother, Like Daughter blog invites bloggers to post four pictures – pretty, happy, funny and real – and give a little context for each picture.

So here’s {phfr} in Africa on the CFCA blog.

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Oct 10 2013

Taking charge: A mother’s journey of empowerment

Dubis sits in front of her home sharing her story.

Dubis sits in front of her home sharing her story.

Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Dubis now lives in a community south of Cartagena.

She is the mother of two sponsored youth.

Dubis found a new calling when she joined the CFCA mothers group, which meets twice a month.

“Before my sons’ sponsorship, my life was a routine. I would go to work and do the chores at home,” Dubis said.

“I did not go outside a lot and I did not talk with my neighbors.”

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Oct 4 2013

A special birthday celebration for sponsored aging friends in Uganda

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By Alexah Nabayinda and Sylivia Wendidda, CFCA-Uganda staffers

Everyone in life deserves to feel special.

For many elderly, the CFCA birthday celebration was the first time in their lives they had participated in such a special event.

For the CFCA Kampala office in Uganda, the Birthday Fund made the party possible.

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