Looking for a meaningful way to make a difference, pay it forward or reach out to someone in need? These are all reasons that people choose to sponsor a child or elderly friend through CFCA.
CFCA sponsor Elizabeth Vautour, middle, meets sponsored friends Michael, left, and Walter, right, on a 2012 CFCA awareness trip to Guatemala.
Using comments from our blog, we’ve compiled eight reasons why people choose to sponsor:
- ‘Be a voice’ for the voiceless
Ted Dauphin: “As sponsors we can be the voice of those living in extreme poverty. We have an opportunity to help others enjoy a better life.”
Read the full comment here
- Make a difference for a child
Katie: “I began my journey with CFCA while I was in college. My parents sponsored a young child, and encouraged me to do the same. Being that I was a broke college student, $30 seemed a lot at the time. However, I realized that what $30 did for me was not nearly what it could do for someone in poverty. I resolved to do whatever it took to always have at least $30 in my bank account for sponsorship. Read more
It’s our privilege to tell you about a recent blog post that features CFCA and announces an exciting new collaboration.
The post is titled “Blogging for a Purpose” by Leslie Reese.
After six years of CFCA sponsorship, Leslie has graciously shared her experience on her blog and plans to dedicate a page to CFCA. Here’s an excerpt from her post:
I decided to sponsor a child from Guatemala. She was 12 years old at the time. At that moment, I felt like I had done my good deed for the day. Little did I know, I was not just changing the life of this child, but my own life as well. It wasn’t long before I was receiving letters and photos of my newly sponsored child. It was wonderful to watch her progress and I was overwhelmed with the gratitude that she expressed in each letter that was sent. I knew I was making a difference.
I am extremely impressed by the work that CFCA does and I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful organization. In an effort to collaborate with the CFCA community, I will be dedicating a page on my blog specifically to this foundation. I plan to bring you inspiring stories and information about the many people involved. I will be sharing special recipes from the countries where our sponsored friends live.
Read the full blog post ó Leslie Reese: Blogging for a Purpose
Thank you for your support, Leslie.
We invite you to click on Leslie’s post and leave a comment for her. This helps show our support for her efforts to tell others about CFCA’s work!
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.”
“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
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
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.
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
By 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