Aug 2 2012

How we see success in the lives of families, part 3

We’re posting a series of blog posts on what success looks like for CFCA. Here are some goals of the Hope for a Family program, and stories that exemplify how those goals are being met in the field. We hope it encourages you, as it does us, to see hope growing in families.

GOAL: We want to create communities of equal access, where all are treated with dignity and respect.

Nazareth neighborhood in the Philippines.

Nazareth families live close together in their neighborhood in
Antipolo, Philippines.

In Antipolo, Philippines, the collective effort of CFCA small groups has led to cleaner environments, better performance in school, improved livelihoods, land acquisition and a general feeling of security, said Malou Navio, CFCA-Antipolo coordinator.

The small groups are called “kapitbahayans,” a Tagalog word for “neighborhood,” and consist of parents and guardians of CFCA sponsored children.

Today, the Antipolo project has 593 kapitbahayans serving the needs of 7,332 families in the Hope for a Family sponsorship program.

Members of Kapitbahayan Nazareth, a group of parents and guardians of CFCA sponsored children in Antipolo, can borrow funds from their thrift savings plan to cover emergency needs, housing repairs, education and livelihood projects. Read more

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Jun 7 2012

Happy families, healthy communities

Nineteen families in Honduras recently installed new latrines with the help of the CFCA Healthy Communities Fund.

In the small community of Cipresal, Honduras, sanitation was becoming a big problem. Without proper facilities, waste would contaminate the water source and cause disease and illness.

With assistance from the CFCA Healthy Communities Fund, each family was able to build their own latrine, which has improved the health of the community and the environment.

Read more about building latrines in Honduras.

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Jan 17 2012

Natural home remedies for winter, flu season: Honduras

Herbs used for home remedies in Honduras

Clockwise, from top left, are eucalyptus leaves, orange leaves, anise seeds and ginger root. Maria, grandmother of three CFCA sponsored children in Honduras, uses all these items for her natural home remedies.

In our ongoing series about natural home remedies used by sponsored friends and their families, we look to Honduras.

Maria is caretaker of three CFCA sponsored children in Honduras. She has a vast knowledge of herbal remedies intended to alleviate discomfort from common ailments such as coughs, colds, fever and nausea.

Her practice does not discourage her neighbors from visiting doctors or hospitals. However, because of her vast knowledge in herbal remedies, neighbors prefer going to her first for a quick diagnosis and affordable treatment.

(Read more about how she uses herbal remedies to help her community.)

Here are some herbal remedies Maria recommends during the winter and flu season. Read more

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Oct 7 2011

Former sponsored youth finds faith, hope through CFCA support

By Juan Rene, now 20 and both a former sponsored child and CFCA scholar in Honduras.

Since I was a child, I always told myself I would never forget CFCA.

CFCA scholar Juan Rene from Honduras. He is studying to be an engineer in agricultural administration after growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Tegucigalpa.

It was directly involved in my development for 10 years, supporting me with education, clothing and nutrition to give my world faith and hope, transforming my mind into something useful to my family and society.

In my childhood I lived in Colonia la Trinidad, one of the poorest neighborhoods of Tegucigalpa along the banks of the Choluteca River.

After five months, a hurricane left my family and me on the streets, sweeping away what my mother had constructed as a single mother.

With my brothers, Edwin, 4, and Moises, 5 months, in 1998 we moved to a shelter closer to where my mother was working when the hurricane hit our community.

Months later, a volunteer at the CFCA project in Suyapa, Fanny, arrived at our home and determined I was eligible for sponsorship.

During 1999-2002, we lived in Trebol. I finished primary school full of enthusiasm, knowing I could count on my sponsor’s assistance.

Her faithful support provided me with new shoes and a school uniform every year, food, Christmas celebrations and other benefits that only CFCA could provide for me in spite of living in a place without love, with much violence and above all, in extreme poverty.

Upon leaving school well-trained with excellent grades, I started at a community technical school, always maintaining my relationship with my sponsor.

I turned in my letters regularly and kept my grades up.

During this time I was a leader in the community, helping volunteer with the New Yearís lectures on the projectís anniversary and at Christmas.

I helped with caring for sponsored aging and special-needs children, since my brother suffered from hydrocephalus (a buildup of fluid inside the skull, causing brain swelling).

The years 2006-2007 were one of the toughest, but also most important, stages of my life. Read more

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Aug 19 2011

Bob’s notes – mission awareness trip to Honduras

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“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies mission awareness trip participants. You can see Bobís full Aug. 13 update on his Facebook page.

Honduras is a special place for many of us at CFCA.

In her indigenous roots (Maya, Lenca, Tolupane, Pech, Chorti), blending of cultures, and centuries-old struggle for independence and democracy, Honduras continues to call her people to the greatness of hope. Great pride is found in being ìcatracha.î

For us at CFCA, Honduras is honored as the missionary formation land of our co-founder Jerry Tolle. Jerry encouraged opening our CFCA sponsorship program in El Progreso, Yoro, in 1982.

It is also the birthplace of my wife, Cristina, and her wonderful family. Cristina and I are delighted to be in Honduras with 32 CFCA sponsors, all eager to listen and learn. Read more

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Aug 12 2011

CFCA in the blogosphere

We’re grateful for the beautiful testimony thatCFCA blog CFCA sponsor Lynn Woolf posted to her blog this morning about her two sponsored children, Flora in Tanzania and Christian in Honduras.

Here’s an excerpt …

You know the TV commercials for charities helping children in poverty? ìJust $1 a dayî is all thatís needed to†change†a childís life. You know what? Theyíre right. You can change a childís life with $1 a day. But thereís more. Much more ñ†at least with one organization called†Christian Foundation for Children†and Aging†(CFCA).

For my family, itís $1 a day to reach across the world. $1 a day to learn a new culture. $1 a day to feel love for and the love of someone you will† never meet or even talk to on the phone. $1 a day to remind us to stop complaining about what we donít have. $1 a day to teach our kids about the†rewards of charity.

Read the full blog post here

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