Father Henry Diesta from Newport News, Va., recently traveled back to his home in the Philippines to visit relatives and family. While he was there, he had an exciting opportunity to meet not just one, but 16 friends sponsored by members of his parish.
By Alexah Nabayinda and Sylivia Wendidda, CFCA-Uganda staffers
Everyone in life deserves to feel special.
For many elderly, the CFCA birthday celebration was the first time in their lives they had participated in such a special event.
For the CFCA Kampala office in Uganda, the Birthday Fund made the party possible.
Q. When a natural disaster hits, does CFCA tell sponsors if sponsored friends are affected?
A. We do our best to inform sponsors personally whenever their sponsored friend has passed away from a natural disaster or any other cause.
We don’t have the resources to contact each individual sponsor if their friends have been evacuated or otherwise affected from a natural disaster. We’re always working to update our records about sponsored friends who were affected: whether they need a new house, for example, or other support we can provide as they recover from tragedies.
Shortly following a natural disaster, CFCA local staff will typically survey the impacted communities and assess if there are specific family needs that CFCA could help address through special funding from donations to the disaster assistance fund or through direct services from our staff.
If your sponsored friend lives in an affected area, please feel free to contact our Sponsor Services team to see whether any specific information about your sponsored friend has been received. We’ll be more than happy to share that with you.
We also post stories on our website whenever disasters strike areas where our sponsored friends live. While these stories generally don’t contain information about specific children or aging friends, they report on the disaster’s impact in the area and how CFCA is helping.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sponsor Services at (800) 875-6564 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.
We recently heard from our Hyderabad project in India about several mothers of sponsored children who are exemplifying the potential of families living in poverty. Here’s the story of Sathya – enjoy!
My family and I live in a remote village in India.
My husband used to be a contract worker; the income he earned was not enough to support our family.
I had an opportunity to take out a loan through my mothers group.
I talked with my husband, and we both shared the idea of opening a store in our village.
He supported my idea and agreed to purchase the required materials for the store.
First, I opened the store in our home.
I soon repaid the first loan, and I took out another loan to purchase a kiosk made with wood.
After that was repaid, I asked for a third loan to buy a refrigerator to keep a few cool drinks in the store.
After a few years, my husband left his job and is helping me run the business. Read more
Thanks to CFCA sponsorship, many families have access to direct nutrition benefits or livelihood programs that help them increase their earning potential.
Read the full story about rising food prices and what CFCA is doing to help sponsored friends and their families meet their nutritional needs.
By Kasey, who sponsors Amelia through CFCA
I heard about CFCA through an online search.
I knew I wanted to sponsor through a reputable program, and after extensive research and finding that CFCA’s values lined up with my own beliefs, I knew I had found the right place.
I searched the profiles and determined that a woman named Fabiana needed my help most.
Her story resonated with me. For $30 a month, I could help this elderly widow off of her straw bed on the ground and change her whole life.
When I got her first letter, I cried. I read it over and over and then wrote back saying that, although she thought I was a blessing to her life, she was also a blessing in mine.
The gratitude I felt through her handwritten words spoke to my heart.
I carried them close until about a year later when she passed away. I mourned her passing but rejoiced in knowing that I brought her great comfort in that past year.
CFCA then found me Amelia, and although from a different continent and telling a different tale, I was written into her story. Read more
Q. I just moved to a new address. What’s the best, easiest way to let CFCA know?
A. We’re so glad you asked!
It’s important that we keep our records updated whenever you move, so that we can continue sending your sponsored friend’s letters to you at your new location (as well as your tax-deductible sponsorship contributions). If we cannot locate your new address in time, your sponsored friend’s letters cannot get to you.
The easiest way to update your mailing address is through your online sponsorship account. Click on the “Profile” tab to the right of the “Account home” tab. Then under the main “Account information” section, edit your details or confirm that the address we have on file is correct for you.
As an alternative, you can always call our Sponsor Services team at (800) 875-6564 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or email email@example.com.