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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Aug 28 2013

Youth make market in Kenya shine

CFCA in Kenya

CFCA youth group members in Kenya prepare to clean up the Kangemi market as part of a community service activity.

By Regina Mburu, CFCA communications liaison for Africa

The Kangemi market in Kenya is always a beehive of activity, with sellers chanting continuously to attract customers to buy their wares.

On this particular day, youth from CFCA had come to the market, this time not to buy anything but to clean it up, as the market is dirty and unkempt.

With brooms, rakes, trash bins and dust masks to cover their faces, young people from CFCA’s Maendeleo youth group got busy sweeping and collecting trash. Continue reading

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May 9 2013

Happiness in hen manure: Organic fertilizers in CFCA communities

Romelia, a sponsored child, and her father, Siriaco, use organic fertilizer in their garden.

Romelia, a sponsored child, and her father, Ciriaco, use organic fertilizer in their garden.

Ciriaco, the father of a sponsored child, and his family in Guatemala utilize every possible resource for gardening on hand. Or should we say, on hen.

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Apr 26 2013

Seeds for the future: CFCA-Guatemala develops reforestation project

Reforestation seedbed in CFCA-Guatemala

Mothers in Guatemala tend to tree seedlings in a reforestation project they created to help restore their local environment.

Today is Arbor Day! In one area of Guatemala, one community started a new initiative to grow two trees for each sponsored child.

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Apr 22 2011

CFCA in Honduras improves environment with eco-stoves

To celebrate Earth Day, we wanted to share this report from Ricardo Garcia, project coordinator in Santa Rosa, Honduras. It’s about eco-stoves that help both the environment and the health of our sponsored friends.

In 2008, the Santa Rosa project in Honduras initiated a medical campaign to benefit all the sponsored members and their families.

During the campaign, we learned that many mothers suffered from pulmonary emphysema caused by excessive smoke from cooking food.

Later in 2009, we initiated a reforestation effort because large swaths of trees were being cut in the communities. But the problem wasn’t getting better.

One solution addressed both problems. We decided to build eco-stoves because they use less firewood and they don’t produce smoke in the home.

Getting the program off the ground was difficult because the families were accustomed to seeing lots of smoke in their homes. But they see how much better off they are financially because they don’t buy as much firewood.

Their homes are free from smoke, their food is cooked healthier, and the man does not have to spend so much time gathering firewood. This gives him more time to work.

The project also provides an opportunity for the families to interact because from the beginning, we trained them to build the stoves.

The fathers help other households with the construction and in the process of sharing their knowledge, they support other members of the community and live better together.

The plan is to have enough funds to support this initiative so that someday, all families in the CFCA communities of Santa Rosa who need an eco-stove can have one. This should greatly diminish the deforestation problem.

We also hope to incorporate the support of other organizations and institutions to help us supply so many families.

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