Category: Community

Hard rains in Cali, Colombia
Jul 22 2013

CFCA families help others after destructive storm

CFCA in Cali, Colombia

CFCA staffers and families of sponsored children assess damage after the storm.

Harrison Garcia, CFCA communications liaison in Colombia, was covering a story in Cali, Colombia, when a storm packing heavy rains and high winds passed over the community.

Mothers, CFCA staffers and others in the community stepped up to help clean and repair the damage to several homes of sponsored children.


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Members of the Maasai tribe in Kenya
Jun 27 2013

Preserving the culture: CFCA’s work with indigenous communities, part 3

Do you know your roots?

The spring/summer issue of CFCA’s magazine, “Sacred Ground,” features our work with indigenous communities all over the world.

Read more interesting facts about these communities and how their cultures contribute to their self-identity.

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Santal tribe, India
Jun 13 2013

Preserving the culture: CFCA’s work with indigenous communities, part 1


Do you know your roots?

The spring/summer issue of CFCA’s magazine, “Sacred Ground,” features our work with indigenous communities all over the world.

Read more interesting facts about these communities and how their cultures contribute to their self-identity.


Read more

Mar 15 2013

Helping families achieve self-sufficiency, part 2: Antipolo, Philippines

By Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent

 water hyacinth products

Beng in her storefront selling her water hyacinth products.

CFCA is not a one-size-fits-all organization. We rely on our field staffs to know the families in each community, to listen to their needs and hopes, and to provide a program that empowers them to build a path out of poverty.

In the second post in this three-part blog series, we give you a window into several CFCA communities, to gauge the success of the Hope for a Family sponsorship program.

Water still covers the path to the home of Kuya and Beng, parents of a sponsored child in the Philippines. The area has yet to dry out from monsoon rains that recently hit their community.

Kuya and Beng live with their family in a small home, made of bamboo and plywood, just 5 meters from the lake’s edge.

Like many in their small fishing village, they depend on the lake for their livelihood. Kuya owns a banca (a small fishing boat) and a fish cage.

But the fishing hasn’t been going so well lately.

Water hyacinth, a highly invasive aquatic plant, has hurt the local fishing business. The water hyacinth grows densely along the shore, making it difficult for fishing boats to navigate. The plant also prevents sunlight from entering the water, which reduces the food supply for the fish. Read more

Feb 28 2013

Pilgrims celebrate Kumbh Mela festival in India

By Annie Vangsnes, CFCA correspondent

Pilgrims on the Sangam

Hindu pilgrims gather for this year’s Kumbh Mela festival.

Kumbh Mela in India is the largest spiritual gathering on Earth.

The celebration comes to Allahabad, home to 617 children and families in the CFCA program, every 12 years.

It is a time for Hindu pilgrims across the country and world to gather to take a dip where the Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet. Bathing in the waters during the festival is believed to bring Hindus holiness and salvation.

An estimated 100 million people are expected to bathe in the waters during this Kumbh Mela.

For sponsored children and their families taking part, the celebration takes much planning and preparation.

Although the festival lasts almost two months, Suman, the mother of sponsored youth Vibhor, said she prepares to have guests for the six main auspicious days. Read more

Feb 27 2013

Elderly woman finds hope in sponsorship

InesInes, a sponsored aging friend in El Salvador, has experienced much loss in her life.

Through CFCA’s Hope for a Family program, Ines and all sponsored aging friends can renew their sense of hope and well-being.

CFCA provides benefits such as food, health care and clothing for older adults, but one of the most important benefits we provide is friendship.

For some sponsored aging friends, CFCA gatherings and events are their only time for social interaction.

Ines tells her story in this beautiful video.

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Feb 6 2013

Indigenous group obtains recognition of ancestral lands

Dumagats

Chieftain Rogelio plays a tune for his grandson, Erick, right-center, and two other children, Myrna, left, and Joshua, far right.

Deep in the lush mountains of the northern Philippines, an indigenous tribe lives respectfully with nature.

Meet the Dumagats.

The Dumagat indigenous community has lived in the mountains and lowlands of the Philippines for a thousand years.

They have slowly been pushed out of their home by logging, overfishing and encroaching landowners.

They could do nothing to address these problems because they never officially held a title to their lands.

And without guidance and assistance, they were hesitant to begin the painstaking documentation needed to obtain a title.

Until they partnered with CFCA.

Read the amazing story of the Dumagat indigenous community and how they worked with local CFCA staffers to gain the recognition of their ancestral domain.

Feb 4 2013

Guatemala yearns for a community with compassion

Luis Cocon, CFCA-Guatemalaa-2012By Luis Cocon, CFCA communications center liaison in Guatemala

It is painful to see my country bleed.

The bodies of two little girls, ages 6 and 12, were found on Jan. 16 dumped on a street in Guatemala City. Police said that both girls had been asphyxiated.

As I watched the evening news, I could not help but think of what these helpless children went through and the pain that their family was suffering. I was moved; our whole country was moved. These could have been our own children.

Violence has affected my life and the lives of those in my country in many ways. It has affected the way we live, play and go about our daily lives.

I remember as a child playing in my neighborhood streets for as long as I wanted, even after street lights came on. My children cannot enjoy that kind of freedom. Read more