Feb 24 2014

Remembering a scholar and special friend

By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa

“My dream is to make it in life. I dream of being a woman representative in my community. I want to fight for the rights of all women. I want to write books and inspire people by telling my story.”

This is what Stephanie said to me.

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Feb 7 2014

Philippine festival known for pageantry and devotion

By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor, Unbound

One of the beautiful aspects of the relationships built through sponsoring a child or elderly friend is learning about the vibrancy and richness of other cultures.

Sponsored friends often write to their sponsors about celebrating cultural events or holidays in their countries.

One such event recently took place in the Philippines. The Ati-Atihan Festival features parades known for their lively tribal dances, colorful indigenous costumes and sounds of drums and lyres (small harp-like instruments).

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Oct 7 2013

Sisterly love: 9-year-old sponsor meets her Salvadoran sponsored friend

CFCA sponsored friend Blanca, left, and her sponsor Kendall, right, in El Salvador.

CFCA sponsored friend Blanca, left, and her sponsor Kendall, right, in El Salvador.

CFCA sponsors come in all ages. Take 9-year-old Kendall, for example. She recently went on an awareness trip to El Salvador to meet her sponsored friend Blanca.

Although Blanca and Kendall don’t speak the same language, they didn’t have any problems communicating. They shared and played together in the universal language of friendship.

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Sep 24 2013

Inspired to action: Sponsors become volunteers after awareness trip

David and Judy with sponsored friends.

David and Judy Dames pose for a photo with their sponsored friends and their friends’ family members.

In March, David and Judy Dames stepped aboard a plane on their way to Costa Rica.

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Sep 16 2013

Meeting face to face: CFCA field staffer meets sponsored friend

Judith and Jorge

Judith Bautista, CFCA project coordinator for Bogota, Colombia, with her sponsored friend, Jorge, in Honduras.

Judith Bautista is the CFCA project coordinator for Bogota, Colombia, and a CFCA sponsor.

Judith began sponsoring 19-year-old Jorge in 2010 after a trip she took to Honduras to learn more about CFCA mothers groups.

She had the opportunity to meet Jorge when she traveled to Honduras recently for a CFCA awareness trip.

In her reflection, Judith describes the journey of her sponsorship experience and how special it was to meet her sponsored friend.

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Aug 23 2013

Sponsor visit a ‘gift and blessing’ on Honduras awareness trip

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

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