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Apr 14 2014

Praying for all those affected by Sunday’s attack on Jewish centers in Kansas City

By Scott Wasserman, president and CEO of Unbound

As a community of peace and love, all of us at Unbound stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters affected by the violence Sunday at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom Assisted Living Center near Kansas City, just a few miles from the world headquarters of Unbound.

Three innocent people are dead. Their families and friends are forever impacted, and the entire community is searching for answers to a terrible act that can never be fully explained.

The fact that this heinous crime was committed on the eve of Passover and the beginning of Holy Week makes the outcome all the more painful.

While the attacks are considered a hate crime and took place at Jewish centers, this was an attack on all people of faith and good will.

Unbound works with people of all faiths throughout the world in a spirit of peace and unity. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were killed, to the Jewish community and all who are threatened by violence because of their religious beliefs.

The Unbound family condemns this violence. We are praying for all who were impacted.

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Rainy season in Guatemala
Aug 19 2013

Silver lining found in Guatemala’s rainy season

Roofs leak, the ground begins to wash away, roads become blocked by landslides and rivers flood, but the people of Guatemala stand strong.

They rebuild, and together they prosper in love, hope, community and courage.

The rainy season, or winter, as many Guatemalans call this time of year, has now settled in.
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Apr 10 2013

Learning about quinoa, a South American staple

Quinoa

CFCA families in Bolivia harvest quinoa and other crops to be able to feed their families.

By Emily Soetaert, CFCA correspondent

If you’re aware of healthy eating trends or are environmentally conscious, chances are you’ve heard of (and may have eaten) quinoa.

Pronounced “keen-WAH,” this South American grain has recently taken the western world by storm. Its unusual taste and high nutrition value (particularly in the protein area) give many a reason to love it.

What we may not know, however, is that increased demand for quinoa has created some unintended consequences.

Before quinoa’s spike in popularity, the crop could be purchased in Bolivia for less than $4 a pound. That price has more than doubled to $8 a pound.

Many South American families who previously relied on quinoa for daily nourishment can no longer afford to purchase it.

According to a column in The Guardian, for many people living in Peru and Bolivia, quinoa now costs more than chicken because of rising costs and overseas demands.

Adelio, who helps cultivate quinoa and is the father of a sponsored child, Pamela, in Bolivia, said quinoa is an important food in the local diet.

“Families in rural areas usually eat what they produce, and quinoa is part of their diets,” Adelio said. “Quinoa is a very fragile crop to produce, and it takes about six months before picking the crop.”

Fortunately, families in the CFCA program in Bolivia still have access to this dietary staple.

“We still have families who work farming the quinoa as well as other crops to be able to feed their families,” Adelio said. “They help each other by trading crops that they produce over the years.”

Through sponsorship support and their own ingenuity, families in the CFCA program are able to cope with economic challenges such as rising food prices.

Besides its nutritional value, quinoa has the added benefit of being an environmentally friendly crop.

“The demand for quinoa is large because it is a natural product, which does not require chemicals to enhance it,” Adelio said. “For this reason, it is less harmful for the environment.”

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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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Dec 21 2010

Blogs and news articles featuring CFCA

Weíve had a number of great blog posts and news articles featuring us recently. Thanks to all for their support!

  1. The Intermountain Catholic News, from the Diocese of Salt Lake City, wrote a report about†two sponsors traveling to India to meet their sponsored children.
  2. The Kansas Mom blog featured a lovely testimonial about one sponsor’s experience of our Hope for a Family program.
  3. The story about Liberty Sementelli, an 8-year-old who raised $1,500 for a Guatemalan mothers group making chocolate, is getting amazing reception in all her local news outlets! Check out our report.
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Dec 16 2010

Fox 4 KC features Matthew giving $375 in birthday money to CFCA

Matthew Garr

There’s a great report from Fox 4 KC about Matthew Garr, 11, from Lenexa, Kan.

He contributed $375 in birthday money to his family’s sponsored child, Magdalena, in Guatemala. Magdalena is also 11 years old.

What you may not know is that Matthew has done this three years in a row!

We have followed the progress of this remarkable young man in two previous blog posts as he donated money to CFCA from his ninth, tenth and now 11th birthdays.

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