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Nov 11 2010

Gift of hearing aid “changes everything” for sponsored youth

By Regina, a sponsored youth in Legazpi, Philippines

I have always been a simple and quiet girl. I usually sat right in front of my teacher during class discussions, not because I am a ìstarî pupil but because I am different.

I conversed with others believing that it was a calm, low voice I hear but in reality they are shouting at me, for me to hear and understand them. … Itís because I have a hearing problem.

At the age of 7, it was not a question of finding a solution to my hearing problem. My family, friends and teachers showed enough sympathy and support, except for those who would choose to make my day miserable rather than study lessons.

Regina

Regina

They would play and laugh with me and then publicly show to me their whispering sessions, emphasizing that it was impossible for me to hear them.

I would usually go to one corner, where only very few pass by, sit with my knees drawn up close to my body and my face tucked between my drawn knees and chest, and cry my heart out at the cruelty of others.

I would usually give myself a minute or two to compose myself, a big pat on the back to boost my depleted morale and then go back to my assigned seat in class and forget as best as I could what had just happened.

In high school, I remained the ìdifferent one.î People conversed with me like normal but sometimes, I saw their silent laughs and pitying looks when they turned their backs from me. Well, I was used to it. It was like an ordinary thing for me.

I was in high school when I became a CFCA beneficiary. My sponsors are Mr. Rich and Sarah Deien. From the start this generous couple had never failed to support me. I have received so many beneficial things that I will be forever thankful.

They wrote letters to me and I wrote back. With this, they donít have to shout for me to hear. I easily understood what they wanted to tell me. It felt so normal.

Until I graduated from high school,
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Dec 23 2009

Preparing for the Mayon volcano eruption

As you may have read on our Web site, it is likely that the Mayon volcano in the Philippines will erupt very soon. This endangers many CFCA sponsored families, but the CFCA projects in the area have been preparing for this type of disaster long before it became a reality.

Chris Palmer, CFCA project specialist, was in the Philippines last month. While there, he attended a disaster preparedness seminar for sponsored families devoted to this very threat – volcano eruption.

The following are his photos and experiences from the training:

Provincial agencies team up with aid agencies to conduct seminars on how to prepare for disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The presenter used Google Earth to show the mothers and fathers the different areas that could be affected by volcanic eruptions.

Mothers and fathers from a CFCA project in the Philippines learn about disaster preparedness.

A photo of the Mayon volcano from Legazpi City (taken near the 8 KM danger zone).

Close-up of the Mayon Volcano (taken from the airport in Legazpi City). You can clearly see smoke being emitted from the crater at the top of the volcano.

The CFCA Legazpi project has been organizing and conducting these types of disaster preparedness seminars in many of the subprojects around the city and in the province of Albay as a way to be proactive in an area of the world where natural disasters are unfortunately common place.

Read more about how CFCA is helping these families prepare on the CFCA Web site.

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May 19 2009

Sponsorship helped Aileen achieve her dream

AileenThe following is a final letter from Aileen, 20, of CFCA’s Legazpi. Philippines, project. She was sponsored through Walk with the Poor by the Justice League at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo. Aileen graduated in March 2009 with a bachelor’s in office administration.

Warm greetings to all of you! I hope that you are happy upon handling this letter of mine.

CFCA is such a big help to me and to my family. Iíve been in this foundation for 12 years. Being one of the CFCA beneficiaries is a very big blessing to us. Everything that I need is supported and assisted by CFCA, from the food assistance, medical and dental check-up, educational supplies, clothing, recreational activities, spiritual support and tuition fees. All of these benefits greatly helped us in coping with our needs in life.

I’m very thankful to God because I belong to this foundation, and I have sponsors like you who are willing to help us without expecting in return. I can say that I’m blessed to be sponsored by you. Thank you so much. You know, I’m sad to say that I have to waive your sponsorship for me. I graduated from college through the help of CFCA, last March 26, 2009, with the degree of bachelor of science in office administration. Because of CFCA, I was given an opportunity to finish my studies. My father is a single parent and he cannot afford to send me to college. Thatís why Iím so grateful and thankful to you and to CFCA. I think I won’t able to reach this far without your generous support. Thank you very much!!

Right now, I am clearing all the requirements for me to have the transcript of records. I always pray to God that I could find a good job because I really want to help my family to uplift from poverty. CFCA and you, dearest sponsors, are part of my life. You played a very big role in achieving my dreams. You will be forever in my thoughts and prayers.

My whole family wants to express our regards and sincerest gratitude and thanks to all of you there. You changed and touched our lives. We pray that God will shower you more blessings, and we also wish the success of CFCA.

Thank you very much!!! God bless you all!!

Love always,
Aileen

Read more: Students’ pottery helps Walk with the Poor student finish school

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Feb 20 2009

Visiting the Philippines with Paul

On†the recent mission awareness trip to the Philippines, CFCA President Bob Hentzen and Paul Pearce, CFCA international programs director, divided the sponsors into two groups to travel to different parts of the country.† In this post, Paul tells about his group’s experiences. Read about Bob’s trip.

Mission awareness trip
Philippines, Feb. 2-8, 2009

By bus and by boat
Legazpi staff and sponsored members with their families meet us at the tiny Pili Airport in Naga City. Our group traveled by bus and boat to the hotel. Under the watchful eye of the volcano Isarog, the setting is definitely South Pacific.

The theme Legazpi has chosen for this yearís trip is ìCFCA: Bridging People Amidst Diversity.î Maria Luz, at the closing of her testimonial and upon meeting her sponsors, said she is ìthe happiest girl in the world.î In tears, sponsor Mariano was moved by the hospitality the sponsors received.†We enjoy a rousing, sand-blown rendition of ìThis Little Light of Mine.î

Later, the Legazpi scholarship youth and staff energize a running-out-of-gas sponsor group. Sponsor April and her sponsored friend, Aprilyn, lift the roof with a duet of ìYou Are My Hero.î Sponsors head for the pillow after a long and beautiful day.
April and Aprilyn

Legazpi angels

Riding two big buses, we headed down the coastal road toward Legazpi to participate in a tree-planting activity at the municipal park in the town of Tiwi. After visiting the Tiwi geothermal plant, we pass miles of pristine rice fields, stopping at the ruins of Cagsawa, a colonial church destroyed by one of the many eruptions of the Mayon volcano, and the volcanic rock and mud flow area from the 2006 eruption that killed numerous persons and affected CFCA families substantially.

Sponsors commented how much they liked the ìangelî concept of the Legazpi project. Sponsors were each assigned a staff member, called an angel, to accompany them from arrival to departure, guide them, answer questions and†wake them in the morning, if needed. Sponsors have felt very well-cared-for in Legazpi.


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Feb 16 2009

Bob’s notes – Visit to the Philippines

Mission awareness trip
Jan. 29 – Feb. 9, 2009

A warm welcome
Sponsored children in the Philippines welcome us with a smile and a song. Their choir of 20 sponsored children charmed everyone.
Welcome to the Philippines
With great admiration I note that our dear friend and longtime sponsor Jerry Menard has arrived in good health and great spirit. He currently has two children sponsored in the Philippines. I believe this mission awareness trip marks Jerryís seventh trip this year to visit sponsored children.

During lunch the owners of the Good Shepherd Center in Antipolo, where our group is staying, told me that after meeting the sponsors and learning about CFCA, they, too, want to become sponsors.

Two talented sponsored girls with severe physical limitations won our hearts with an emotional rendition of ìYou Light Up My Life.î Four personal testimonies added meaning and substance to the afternoon.

Visit to former sponsored child, elderly in dump

In Quezon, we split into small groups to visit families and livelihood projects. My group visited the home of Maria Elena, a former sponsored child, recently married and now working as a business analyst and auditor at a major bank. Riding jeepneys and tricycles takes Maria Elena the better part of two hours to get to work and costs about $2. But the work is steady, and Maria Elena is grateful to be able to help her mother.

We were able to visit several aging friends in the dump area of Payatas. They seem to overcome difficult living conditions with hope and determination.

Today after lunch we traveled about one hour into the countryside near Antipolo to encourage an organic and sustainable food/farming program for 21 families. We dedicated a new water pump and hand tractor, purchased with a loan from CFCA. The hand tractor motor also provides power for the new irrigation pump. The tractor and irrigation system permits the CFCA families to produce two rice crops per year – sometimes three.

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