Tag: inspiration

Feb 13 2013

Trip to the Philippines brings learning and love

Bob and sponsored friend

Our sponsored child Shaima, second from right, her brother, far right, mother Jean, left, and a friend from Zamboanga, second from left, offer us their welcome to the “Pearl of the Orient Seas.”

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

Photo credits go to our devoted staff in our Quezon and Antipolo projects.

The reception for the sponsors was very dynamic and very musical.

The Filipino people mean it when they say “Mabuhay,” meaning “welcome.”

What a joy to travel with such a fine group of CFCA sponsors. It was a large group and big on inspiration. We are truly companions in learning and action. Read more

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Feb 11 2013

Sponsor wins $5,000 for her favorite charity, CFCA!

Grace, CFCA sponsor Mary Arling and Cris

From left are Grace Maher, CFCA sponsor Mary Arling and Cris Burnett, all visitors to the CFCA office in Kansas City.

CFCA sponsors never cease to amaze us with the creative ways they support our work. Mary Arling is a great example of a sponsor using her time and interests in support of young people and families served by CFCA.

When Mary Arling began her Christmas shopping buying sweaters and candles for family and friends, she didn’t know that her holiday shopping would also benefit CFCA sponsored friends around the world.

One day while shopping at Town Center Plaza in Leawood, Kan., Mary found out about a special contest, in which the center would donate $5,000 to one lucky winner’s favorite charity.

To participate, shoppers had to go to the administrative office after each shopping trip and make copies of their receipts, which counted as entries into the contest. Read more

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Feb 8 2013

Sponsorship = ‘A blessing from God’ for CFCA sponsored youth

A recent CFCA awareness trip to Guatemala provided this precious opportunity for sponsors to hear from Mariana, an 18-year-old CFCA scholar who was sponsored as a child in 2000. Mariana

For me it was a great blessing to have been sponsored, because in my family we are 11 siblings. For my parents it has been a little bit hard to help every one of us move forward, and much more now that my dad is suffering from health problems, just like my mother.

My sister Selva has already graduated thanks to God and CFCA’s support. Seven of my siblings have already graduated, and only four remain to finish.

It has been a very nice experience to be in CFCA, because besides giving us food, shoes and clothing every month, we have had many activities.

I really liked the CFCA Christmas celebrations. The activities that take place are very nice, and I really like to participate in them.

The CFCA social workers who have helped me for the past 12 years have been very kind, as well as the entire CFCA staff; they have a unique way of caring for the people. Read more

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Feb 7 2013

Your feedback means so much to CFCA

Pam Bernard at CFCABy Pam Bernard, CFCA printer pool attendant

Whenever sponsors decide to end their sponsorship, we mail them a letter, survey and card inviting them to stay in touch. This is an opportunity for them to tell us about their sponsorship experience.

I take this information and enter it into our database, except for any personal information they may share, keeping just the comments about their sponsorship.

It is really amazing, the gamut of comments and stories that come in from all over. Some are very emotional. Read more

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