Jul 13 2012

CFCA scholarship allows sponsored youth to achieve his dreams

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

Here’s one from Jeffrey, who is hoping to graduate from college after many challenges along the way.

Jeffrey in the Philippines, sponsored through CFCA as a child My name is Jeffrey. I am 19 years old, the second-oldest child in a family of seven. My father is a hard-working farmer, and my mother is a housewife.

I am very proud of them both, and I am a witness of their unending love, care and support.

I was in grade four when one of the biggest changes in my life happened.

I was recruited as one of the members of the CFCA family through the sponsorship program. It gave me additional self-confidence to pursue my studies.

My father struggled to support my and my brother’s educational needs. So my mother decided to work as a housemaid.

It is very hard waking up early in the morning knowing that your mother is not there, and enjoying those days were never easy for us.

She once said to me, “Anak, kahit mahirap tayo, sainyo naming ibubuhos lahat n gaming pag-asa sa buhay (My child, even though we are poor, we will give to you all we can because you are our hope in our life),” and after saying this, she would surprise me with a big hug.

After finishing grade six as a class salutatorian, my self-determination grew. Read more

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Jun 19 2012

My journey: A CFCA scholar’s story

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

Here’s one from Jeanelle, who is training to be a registered nurse after many challenges along the way. Congratulations, Jeanelle!Jeanelle, CFCA scholar

My life started to change when I was in fourth grade.

My mother had an interview and home visit from the CFCA staff. At that time I started to receive support and benefits from CFCA.

I received a complete set of school supplies, school uniforms, school shoes, groceries, utensils, a bath towel and much more.

When Sir Ed, my sponsor, wrote his first letter to me, I was really excited to read its contents.

One morning, our staff brought good news to us. Sir Ed decided to visit us. We prepared some delicious foods and souvenirs for him.

When Sir Ed arrived, he told us that he wanted an additional sponsored child from our family and chose my sister, Judith Mae.

When it comes to CFCA activities, thanksgiving Mass, recollection, goal orientation related activities and livelihood trainings, my family always made ourselves available.

My mother was chosen as parent leader and CASARO (CFCA Community Adjoins to Strengthen Aging & Children-Sponsorsí Relationship Organization) officer. Read more

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Apr 27 2010

Paying it forward

Bhaskar Karanampally is on his way to becoming a successful engineer, an accomplishment that few children in his neighborhood slum outside Hyderabad dream about.

Bhaskar with some of the children he tutors.

Thanks to his God-given talents and the encouragement and support of CFCA, Bhaskar is in his third year of engineering studies.

He persevered with his studies in the government school he attended, in spite of the substandard education provided there. In India, government schools provide impoverished children with access to education, but the schools lack basic infrastructure and skilled faculty.

Most students drop out, as did Bhaskarís sister and brother. He was about to end his studies because his family could not afford to pay for his higher education. The income Bhaskar’s father earns from his neighborhood shop is just enough for the food and clothing needs of Bhaskar and his two siblings.

A CFCA social worker encouraged Bhaskar to stay in school, and he was admitted to the Swami Vivekanada Institute of Technology in Hyderabad.

ìMy dream is to complete my technology degree with good marks and work as a software engineer,î Bhaskar said. ìItís because of CFCA that I am able to dream of this new goal in life.î

Bhaskar is eager to repay the help he received from CFCA. In the evenings, he conducts a study hour for the neighborhood children and helps them with their homework. Mothers from the neighborhood have witnessed how Bhaskarís involvement is boosting their children’s self-esteem.

Bhaskar offers a study hour to children in his slum.

ìHe hails from our own slum,î said Nagamani, a member of a CFCA mothers group. ìHe is not only able to help the children, but has such a positive influence on them.î

Bhaskar is proud to be a role model.

ìI know for most of my companions, life was a missed opportunity, but I want to see these kids reach their higher goals,î he said. ìWhat makes me happy is that so many children in my slum now receive formal education, and that I am able to support and guide them.î

This was the feature story from the 2010 spring issue of The Scholar. You can read more stories like this one on our website.

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