Left is a CFCA community in Busunju, Uganda, participating in a solidarity walk with Walk2gether on May 21. Right is a CFCA community in Antioquia, Colombia, in another solidarity walk May 26.
Update:†Walk2gether, the nearly 8,000-mile journey by CFCA President Bob Hentzen and others,†has crossed the finish line in ValparaÌso, Chile! See our news report.
The walk is Bob’s labor of love to shed light on families living in poverty and the benefits of child sponsorship.
For many CFCA communities around the world, Chile is a long way away ñ particularly if you’re living in Asia, Africa or even Central America.
That’s why they have hosted solidarity walks of their own! Here’s a list of recent and upcoming solidarity walks and celebrations around the world:
|Country||Act of solidarity|
|Guatemala||Since Walk2getherís launch Dec. 29, 2009, CFCA communities in Guatemala have continued solidarity walks on the 29th of every month. They are preparing a special celebration June 24-26, with a solidarity walk June 26.|
|El Salvador||The CFCA staff in Santa Ana has organized 26 solidarity walks all on June 5 from different parts of the country. Each walk will end with a Thanksgiving Mass and festivals.|
|Costa Rica||The CFCA office is preparing several activities for the end of the walk, including a solidarity walk, drawing and poetry contests, a thanksgiving Mass and other cultural events.|
|Venezuela||The CFCA office in Barquisimeto expected about 300 people to participate in a Mass, solidarity walk of about 19 miles (30 kilometers) and cultural activities on June 5.|
|Dominican Republic||CFCA staff members will serve meals to the elderly in a nursing home along with other cultural and recreational activities in solidarity with the walk.|
|Philippines||On June 5, an estimated 130,000 people participated in solidarity walks all across the communities served by the five CFCA projects in the Philippines.|
|Madagascar||Sponsored friends and parents of CFCA’s three communities served in the Antsirabe project will walk toward an open space in South Antsirabe for a prayer and worship service to celebrate the end of Walk2gether. The combined number of miles walked will be about 11 miles (17 kilometers). About 5,000 people are expected.|
|Uganda||The Kampala project had a solidarity walk and did community service May 21.|