Nov 20 2013

Dads show caring community in action

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed a CFCA family's home in Aklan province, Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed a CFCA family’s home in Aklan province, Philippines.

The CFCA community is there for families before and after natural disasters strike.

Sponsorship brings families into a caring community that supports them in their daily lives and in times of crisis.

Hundreds of CFCA families saw their houses damaged or destroyed as Super Typhoon Haiyan slashed its way through the central Philippines less than two weeks ago. Farmers lost crops and fishermen lost fishing gear.

CFCA will work side by side with families as they rebuild their homes and livelihoods. Donations to our Disaster Assistance Fund will help in this effort.

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Nov 13 2013

Typhoon shows strength of Filipino character

By Loretta Shea Kline, CFCA communications editor

The Filipino people are known for their resiliency.

I had the great privilege of visiting the Philippines a few weeks ago as part of my work as an editor and writer on our communications team.

I saw that resiliency up close on visits to our projects, and I was reminded of it again when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit.

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Apr 17 2013

CFCA scholar: ‘Poverty is not a hindrance to success’

Grace, a CFCA sponsored child and scholar in the Philippines, overcame extreme poverty and the loss of a parent at a young age. Read Grace’s story, in her own words, as she helps us remember that hard work and dedication will get you everywhere.

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Apr 1 2013

Charlie’s time machine

The CFCA project in Legazpi, Philippines, recently sent us success stories from young adults who were sponsored through CFCA.

Here’s one from Charlie, who just graduated with his teaching degree after many challenges along the way. Congratulations, Charlie!

It was soon after third grade when I wanted to fast forward through time, skip this long, dreary school age and enjoy a happy, sufficient job.

I even prayed for a time machine, magic or anything I saw on television that could transform me immediately into being a man.

Desperate as I was, I tried rotating the hour hand of our clock backwards, almost a hundred times, believing that this would change the world’s time.

And, of course, nothing happened, but something was granted.

I was 8 years old, in the fourth grade and in good shape when I was accepted by CFCA as a sponsored child.

I remembered I was taking my annual photograph on one corner of our house. I was greatly hesitant about whether to smile or just to make a normal face to look well-behaved.

Whatever I did, I was happy being one of the sponsored children.

At the onset of my fourth grade up to the last pinch of struggle in my pursuit of a teaching career, I have felt the genuine support of CFCA and, most especially, my sponsors.

I have worked very hard to become successful in my academic career because I know someone is determined to see me stand out in my field.

My father died of pneumonia when I was in my fourth year of high school. His death intensified our family’s needs and my fear of no longer being able to pursue a college degree.

I persevered, and I graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

CFCA has been a good foundation to my family, which holistically helps develop and improve our life in every aspect.

Now that I completed a degree and am practicing my profession as a substitute teacher, I still want to have a time machine to turn back the time and be, forever, a CFCA sponsored child.

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Mar 15 2013

Helping families achieve self-sufficiency, part 2: Antipolo, Philippines

By Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent

 water hyacinth products

Beng in her storefront selling her water hyacinth products.

CFCA is not a one-size-fits-all organization. We rely on our field staffs to know the families in each community, to listen to their needs and hopes, and to provide a program that empowers them to build a path out of poverty.

In the second post in this three-part blog series, we give you a window into several CFCA communities, to gauge the success of the Hope for a Family sponsorship program.

Water still covers the path to the home of Kuya and Beng, parents of a sponsored child in the Philippines. The area has yet to dry out from monsoon rains that recently hit their community.

Kuya and Beng live with their family in a small home, made of bamboo and plywood, just 5 meters from the lake’s edge.

Like many in their small fishing village, they depend on the lake for their livelihood. Kuya owns a banca (a small fishing boat) and a fish cage.

But the fishing hasn’t been going so well lately.

Water hyacinth, a highly invasive aquatic plant, has hurt the local fishing business. The water hyacinth grows densely along the shore, making it difficult for fishing boats to navigate. The plant also prevents sunlight from entering the water, which reduces the food supply for the fish. Read more

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Mar 1 2013

Good news around the CFCA world

Here are just a couple of the awesome ways that sponsored children, aging friends and their families serve as agents of change in their local communities!

1) Fathers of sponsored children honored for work with blood donations

Dugong Bayani Awards

The CFCA-Antipolo staff was recognized at the Dugong Bayani Awards for efforts to save lives through blood donations.

CFCA-Antipolo was among the national recipients of the Dugong Bayani Awards.

“Dugo” means blood, and “Bayani” means hero.

The award is a special recognition given to a group or organization by the Philippine Blood Center of the Department of Health. The award honors heroism in saving lives through blood donations.

Since 2002, CFCA-Antipolo has held blood drives with the families and the community.

Some communities are partnering with the Philippine National Red Cross and some with the Philippine Blood Center of the health department.

Many sponsored youth and their families, as well as project staffers, are blood donors. The ERPAT fathers groups often spearhead the blood donation activities. (ERPAT stands for Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities. The groups were started by dads of CFCA sponsored children.) Read more

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