By Akansha Roy, CFCA communications liaison for India
Unfolding into the Indian culture brought joy to a group of sponsors.
They traveled to India on an awareness trip and became a part of their sponsored child’s everyday reality. They had a bright smile at the end of each day.
Sponsors explored the lifestyle, cuisine and hospitality of India, and gave CFCA staff and families a chance to present their talents and introduce the sponsors to the best of their reality.
The Prathibhotsav program, a gathering of CFCA mothers, was attended by 7,800 women. It was a spectacular scene highlighted by an auditorium filled with women who have become so confident.
The show was well organized, with children performing on stage, mothers putting on a dance act, tribal mothers performing their dances and the choir singing along.
The Hyderabad staff is a group of energetic and hardworking individuals driven by CFCA’s vision.
They started preparing for the awareness trip two months before the event, with the help of the Small Mothers Groups (SMGs).
The participants and performers for the event had been practicing with much enthusiasm.
The sponsors also came on stage to introduce themselves. They seemed exuberant as they saw the unity and purpose of the gathering.
The highlight of the Prathibhotsav was the Successful Mothers’ Entrepreneurship Awards.
Mothers were an important focus during this trip. Through the SMGs, the mothers have a platform to support each other and earn a living.
SMGs have about 15 to 20 members. They offer mothers a support network to share ideas, pool resources and develop livelihoods.
Mothers groups like this are one of CFCA’s most effective initiatives.
The Successful Mothers’ Entrepreneurship Awards were given to the top three candidates out of 18 nominations. The awards recognized mothers whose skill and determination created successful livelihood programs.
Hungama, a program organized by the staff in the Warangal zone, was a lot of fun, filled with interactive activities and games.
On this day the sponsors played and danced along with children.
The sponsors also had a chance to meet a group of CFCA alumni.
This group of successful individuals who were once sponsored children gathered to interact with the sponsors.
The sponsors saw firsthand the outcome of sponsorship and the mission of CFCA, which had a great impact on them.
There was also a day set aside for the sponsors to visit the homes of their sponsored friends. They were accompanied by a social worker to help them understand the background and the present development of the child and the family.
They witnessed the environment in which their sponsored children live.
CFCA brings individuals, young and old, from diverse faiths and cultures, together under the sky of hope.
These visits not only get the sponsor and the child together, but give honor to the whole purpose of our organization.
At the end of the trip we all have treasured memories of each other and also of our own culture.