Tag: Sponsor

Oct 11 2012

Trip to Africa: ‘Celebrate the unity of our CFCA family’

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“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies mission awareness trip participants. You can see Bobís full update on his Facebook page.

Photo credits for Kenya and Uganda go to Regina Muburu, CFCA communications liaison for Africa. Photo credits for Madagascar go to Paul Pearce, CFCA director of global strategy.

It’s always a joy to be in touch with you, this time from Africa. Together with Paul Pearce, CFCA director of global strategy, and Karen Allemang, CFCA trips and international volunteer manager.

I had the privilege of accompanying a wonderful group of CFCA sponsors on this September 2012 journey to Kenya and Uganda.

Paul and I also visited the CFCA project in Antsirabe, Madagascar. Read more

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Oct 10 2012

‘Hugs all around’ one sponsor’s trip to Guatemala

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By Stephanie Angalet, CFCA sponsor

This year I once again had the privilege to travel to Guatemala on one of the CFCA mission awareness trips. This trip was incredibly special because I was able to meet each one of the young ladies I sponsor in Guatemala.

Guatemala is a beautiful country and the people of Guatemala are beautiful people, both inside and out. I never cease to be amazed by the smiles on each person’s face, even though I know some of the difficulties they face each day.
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Oct 8 2012

CFCA staffers celebrate Customer Service Week

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One week every year, CFCA employees who work closely with our sponsors get what they deserve.

They celebrate Customer Service Week!

Customer Service Week is an international event celebrated annually in the first week of October. The event is sponsored by the Customer Service Group, which provides information and inspiration to companies and organizations who want to recognize their customer service professionals by participating in the celebration.
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Oct 5 2012

‘Animal’s best friend’ is a sponsored aging friend in Mexico

Gregorio, sponsored aging friend in MexicoWe’re so excited to share with you the story of Gregorio, one of our sponsored aging friends in Mexico. Gregorio has a history of finding sick or abandoned animals and bringing them home to nurse them back to health.

Here are a few questions we asked him recently:

What made you decide to help animals on the street?

My mom and my dad always told me to be good with people and animals. I feel so much compassion for them.

I remember crying over three newborn baby cats I found abandoned in a soccer field. I decided to help them and see them grow.

Where do you find these animals?

I’ve found them everywhere: near my house, close to our church, at the soccer field, in the rural areas.

Please describe your favorite or most fond memory of your pet(s).

Wow, the truth is that I have adored them all, but there was Alaska.

Alaska was my neighbor’s dog. He bit my neighbor’s brand new mattress and made holes in it. I told him to let me have Alaska, and he gave him to me.

Alaska was big, black and white, with grey-colored eyes. His tale was long and in a spiral.

I enjoyed going out with him. He would run next to me riding my bike. Both of us would go to the river and he would jump right in, come out and shake his body, getting me totally wet. I did not care about that; I just laughed.

I enjoyed his company so much. He was with me in my ups and downs; he was strong and obedient. He was my partner. Sadly he died of a virus.

How has the CFCA Hope for a Family program helped you?

Every month I receive my food provisions, and on special occasions I get gifts. I also receive vitamins, shoes and clothing.

Whenever I need some help with some medicine or we are sick, we can come to CFCA and get help.

Click here to read more about Gregorio.

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Oct 4 2012

CFCA birthday celebrations in Guatemala, Colombia

Did you know that for many of our sponsored children and aging friends, a CFCA birthday celebration may be the first time they’ve ever formally celebrated their birthdays?

These much-anticipated celebrations often include family members and others in the local community.

Here are a few photos of recent CFCA birthday celebrations in Guatemala, Colombia and India. They were too precious not to share with you!

Edgar, CFCA sponsored child in Guatemala, and birthday celebration

Edgar, left, a sponsored children in Guatemala, is really enjoying his cake! A birthday tradition in Guatemala calls for the birthday child to eat the cake without utensils, and when they lean in to take a bite, they are pushed into it.

CFCA sponsored children in Colombia and their birthday celebrations

It’s a special day in Colombia as sponsored children wait for their birthday cake and drinks.

Leydi, sponsored child in Guatemala, and a big birthday cake

Little Leydi from Guatemala is excited to join in the CFCA birthday festivities. She can have her cake and eat it, too.

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Oct 2 2012

New sponsor’s experience with CFCA: Missy

We’d like to introduce Missy, a new sponsor, who lives in Chicago. Missy discovered CFCA through our website, www.cfcausa.org, and has been sponsoring since June. She started by sponsoring an aging friend, then added a child and youth to her sponsorships.

Missy, CFCA sponsorHow did you hear about CFCA, and what inspired you to sponsor?

I actually just came across this site while browsing around online. It may have been an “accident,” or perhaps, I was gently brought to it.

My philosophy is no one should ever have to suffer, and that includes people everywhere all over the planet, which basically goes hand in hand with CFCA’s mission: “Our mission is to walk with the poor and marginalized of the world so they may live with dignity and participate fully in society.”

Whatever I can do to help alleviate the suffering of others, I will do so.

So far, has the experience of sponsorship matched up with any expectations you had when you started? Have there been any surprises or new things you’ve learned along the way?

It has really exceeded my expectations. It’s not just a handout each month and that’s the end of it.

What I love is that you help provide essential benefits to help people climb out of poverty.

You also get the chance to be encouraging and to develop a special friendship, which to me is absolutely priceless. Plus, I am inspired by my sponsored friends.

You have sponsored friends across all ages! What have been some of the similarities and differences in getting to know each of them? See Missy’s answer

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Oct 1 2012

Working with the sponsored elderly in Colombia

By Sandra Rodriguez Nieto, aging program coordinator for CFCA’s Bogota project in Colombia

CFCA sponsored aging friends in Colombia work on Christmas cards

Sponsored aging friends in Colombia work on coloring Christmas and year-end greeting cards to their sponsors.

Working with the sponsored elderly in Bogota has been a very interesting process. We meet many people who have histories filled with pain and loneliness.

However, it is inspirational to see how they have overcome these situations.

They are always ready to move forward. That’s why, through CFCA’s Hope for a Family program, we seek to improve the quality of life for elderly people, empowering them and offering dignity.

Our programming includes working with aging friends to make crafts and establish exercise routines to strengthen their mobility. These tools enable them to learn new things while reaching within the skills and talents they already have.

Every two weeks, aging friends meet at each CFCA office in their local area. Rain or shine, they always show up on time, though most of them live in the peripheral neighborhoods of Bogota.

They always come with a smile and sometimes bring small presents such as biscuits, crackers or fruit to share. Read more

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