Jan 13 2011

A teenager’s view of CFCA

We always encourage people of all ages to learn about the work CFCA is doing in other countries. Some of our most enthusiastic supporters are children and teenagers! Here’s a perspective from Kyle, a high school student.

I learned about CFCA through my mom who works in the international programs department in the CFCA office in Kansas City.

Kyle's perspective of CFCA


My family and I have been sponsoring since 1998 when I was 2 years old. We sponsor five children who live in India, the Philippines, Colombia and Guatemala.

Before we started sponsoring, I did not know much about the countries in which the children live other than they are developing countries.

Most of the people live in poverty, and there are a variety of religions in addition to Christianity, such as Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism.

My familyís sponsorship has definitely changed my thinking about each country. I have learned there is more to poverty than I realized and the people who live in developing countries do not squander their time and feel sorry for themselves, but live a positive, fulfilling life.

I also have learned that my life is very similar to the lives of the families we help.

We like to play sports such as basketball and soccer, we like to read, and we share the same struggles from school such as homework and exams.

We also have some differences, such as our lifestyle, the types of foods we eat, and our culture. These differences have been fun to discover and have helped broaden my worldview.

Overall, my experience with the CFCA program has allowed me the opportunity to learn many life lessons as well as interesting aspects about culture while getting to know other people across the world.

Other examples of young CFCA supporters:

  • An 8-year-old raised $1,500 to help mothers in Guatemala operate their chocolate-making business.
  • An 11-year-old gave away donations from his birthday to CFCA.
  • Teen Sami Freese makes a case for other teens to sponsor in this video.

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