Tag: Sponsor a child

Dec 29 2012

Three generations give back through sponsorship

Erin meets her sponsored friend, Jose, Dec. 28 while on a CFCA awareness trip in Guatemala.

Erin meets her sponsored friend, Jose, Dec. 28 while on a CFCA awareness trip in Guatemala.

For Erin Gaffaney, CFCA sponsorship runs in the family.

Erin learned about CFCA through her grandfather, Harold.

Over the years, Harold talked to his family about sponsorship and it stuck with them.

“Over time I think some of his children and grandchildren saw the example he was setting and we now sponsor kids or elderly people ourselves,” Erin said.

Erin, an elementary school music teacher, sponsors an elderly gentleman, Jose, in Guatemala. Sheís also using her musical talents to support CFCA’s work.

Erin collaborated with a friend to record a Christmas CD titled, “Prepare Him Room.” The duo will be donating proceeds to CFCA.

“It was never our intent to make this CD a money-making venture,” Erin said. “It thrilled me more to make a quality product knowing that what we were doing was really going to affect people’s lives.”

The musical team put on two CD release parties in their local area and had CFCA sponsorship folders displayed on tables during the live shows.

Erin said CFCA was on the top of her mind when she was thinking about where proceeds would be donated because she was getting ready to meet her sponsored friend on a CFCA awareness trip. She met Jose Dec. 28 at the CFCA center in Guatemala.

The group of sponsors participating in the trip includes her grandfather, mother and two sisters.

“It’s kind of turned out to become a generational thing,” she said, “which is really neat to see.”

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Dec 28 2012

Only a few days left for 2012 tax-deductible gifts

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Mounica unrolls a mat onto the earthen floor of her familyís small home in India, getting ready for bed. Her eyes are heavy, but her heart is full.

She used to lie awake at night wondering if she would be sent home from school the next day. Her parents’ unsteady income of $2 a day wasnít enough to pay the required school fees.

But now, thanks to help from generous donors like you, Mounica sleeps soundly, dreaming about the day she will have a class of her own to teach, confident that she will make that dream a reality.

For young people living in poverty, education is the key to a better life. But when you worry daily about having enough food to eat, other necessities like school fees and supplies become a luxury you canít afford.

The CFCA Scholarship Fund helps hard-working teens attend school and pursue their dreams. Because itís those dreams ó to be a teacher, engineer or nurse ó that will enable them to build a path out of poverty.

Your tax-deductible gift to the CFCA Scholarship Fund makes those dreams a reality.

Donate today and give life to a studentís dream.

2012 year-end donations may be made until 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31.

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Dec 18 2012

‘Pomp and Circumstance:’ Parents graduate in Colombia

Parents of CFCA sponsored children

Parents of CFCA sponsored children stand proudly with their entrepreneurship diplomas.

CFCA believes strongly in the creativity and talents of sponsored families and partners with families throughout the world to unlock their potential.

In Bogota, Colombia, every Friday, leaders from each parents group meet at the CFCA office to participate in a “livelihood projects” class to learn techniques on how to successfully develop their talents and skills into sources of income for their families.

CFCA staffers utilized a local government program focused in the development of professional formation programs.

The main goal is to bring business education to family members of sponsored friends, and have these individuals spread their knowledge to fellow parents in their group.

CFCA staffers have seen many changes in families thanks to this class. Parents have diversified their families’ sources of income and also further developed their skills and talents. Read more

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Dec 15 2012

In memory: Msgr. Henry Bauer

Henry Bauer, CFCA preacher and friendThe CFCA community remembers a dear friend, Msgr. Henry Bauer, in our thoughts and prayers.

Msgr. Bauer passed away Dec. 8, and a funeral Mass was held Dec. 13 at St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Kansas City.

Msgr. Bauer was one the first priests to visit churches on behalf of CFCA and invite parishioners to sponsor a child or elderly person in need.

He preached for CFCA from 1993 to 2001, and served as a member of the CFCA board of directors from 1997 to 2000.

Please join us in thought and prayer as we honor the life and work of Msgr. Bauer.

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Dec 11 2012

‘An amazing, emotional experience:’ Sponsors’ trip to Chile

By Mary and Douglas DeLong, CFCA sponsors

The DeLong family visited their sponsored child on a recent awareness trip to Chile.

The DeLong family visited their sponsored child on a recent CFCA awareness trip to Chile.

Our journey began 12 years ago when we sponsored a Chilean child through Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.

Little did we realize what a journey it would be, or the experiences we would have.

When we started sponsoring Jannier he was 2 years old, and his mother would write us letters.

As he got older, she would include drawings that he had colored. Once Jannier was able, he started writing the letters himself.

We would include pictures of our own family with our letters and, in turn, would receive pictures of him.

His pictures joined the other pictures of our family on the refrigerator, and our son and daughter called him their little brother in Chile.

Jannier and his mother, Miriam, became part of our extended family.

At the end of September my husband, Doug, and I traveled on CFCA’s trip to Valparaiso, Chile, to meet Jannier and his mother. Read more

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Dec 6 2012

Sponsored youth: ‘Sponsorship has been my miracle’

CFCA sponsored child, SabinaMy name is Sabina. I have been sponsored through CFCA for many years.

I was born to a very large family of 11 in a remote village 50 miles (80 kilometers) away from the nearest populated city.

My family has faced many difficulties.

There were days when we only had one meal. I used to join my sisters in carrying firewood from a distant jungle so that my mother could cook. Sometimes, we would collect leaves to sell in order to support ourselves.

When I was old enough to go to school 16 years ago, my parents told me that I needed to stay back and help graze cattle because they could not afford to send both me and my brother to school. I wept for days.

A year later, my life changed. God heard my cry when my family received news that I had been sponsored through CFCA.

Because of sponsorship, my parents could finally afford to send me to school. It was then that I made the serious decision to study hard and support my family.

There were times that I had to discontinue my studies because of poverty, but I can now say that I have graduated at the top of my class, and feel that I can support myself.

I recently accepted a job offer and now work as a branch postmaster in Dumka, India. I am one of the first from my village to work for the government.

Sponsorship has been my miracle. If my sponsor, Antoinette, were not in my life, it would have been an uphill battle to finish school. I would not have been able to complete my education.

She has taken care of me and believed in me so that I could become someone in life. God has done marvelous work in my life through her. I am so thankful.

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Dec 4 2012

Crafters unite! DIY Christmas ornament

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By Veronica Batton, CFCA writer/editor

Friends! I have returned, and I’m eagerly anticipating the season for crafting.

The fall and winter seasons are jam-packed with craft-crazy holidays, and I’m a junkie when it comes to hot glue and felt.

I spent some quality time with my enabler, Pinterest, to help me reinvent the classic Christmas-photo-ball ornament.

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