Category: India

Sponsor an elder
Jul 2 2013

Wisdom of the Ages: Savatri, 73, from India

CFCA sponsored elderly share life experiences and offer wise advice. Read about Savatri, a sponsored aging friend in Hyderabad, India!


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Chicken curry
Jun 17 2013

How to make chicken curry (recipe)

Chicken curry from India … mmm!

Chicken curry from India … mmm!

Want to experience a taste of India? Try this chicken curry recipe from Prakash and Jecintha, two mothers of CFCA sponsored children. The two sisters took out a loan through their mothers group to open their own food stand where they sell this delicious dish!

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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.


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Unbound scholar
May 23 2013

Sponsored youth in India becomes first-generation college student

Family in India

Bernard, third from left, with his family in front of their home. Bernard is a first-generation college student among his family and those in his village.

Being a first-generation college student within your family is definitely worthy of applause. But being a first-generation college student in your family and your entire village deserves a standing ovation.

Read Bernard’s story of success

India
May 17 2013

How the Taylors know their sponsored friend through ‘love of letters’

Sponsors can travel around the world, experience many cultures and make new friends … all through the pages of a letter! See how CFCA sponsors Steve and Jayne Taylor “met” their sponsored friend, Nathasha, through precious letters, even as they plan to meet her in person this October.


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Unbound mothers
May 15 2013

Family in India starts small hotel with mothers group loans

Happy International Day of Families! Today, we celebrate families around the world and their successes. Read about Jyothi in India and how her family now runs a successful hotel in their village.


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Unbound mother
May 7 2013

When are all the Mother’s Day celebrations around the world?

Maria Luisa with her daughter Gabriela, a sponsored child in Bolivia.

Maria Luisa with her daughter Gabriela, a sponsored child in Bolivia.

Happy Mother’s Day! Well, depending on where you are that is. Find out the different days Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world.


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Unbound mothers
May 6 2013

Mother of a sponsored child sews a successful future

Before her daughter joined CFCA, Shaheen knew how to sew, but did not have the equipment to do so. Through CFCA mothers groups, Shaheen gained confidence, friendship and a new sewing machine, which is helping to support her family.


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Apr 16 2013

How to cook Dumbok’ (Indian rice balls) — recipe

Dumbok'

Want to experience a taste of India? Try this traditional Dumbok’ recipe from the Santal indigenous community, where families make rice balls to share with their neighbors. They’re usually eaten as a main dish, still warm after steaming!

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Apr 11 2013

New year celebration in India features food, emotions

Ugadi pachhadi ingredients

Ingredients used for ugadi pachhadi, a traditional dish for the Telugu new year.

By Sreekanth Gundoji, CFCA communications liaison in India

People in south central India spent today marking a new beginning as we celebrated the festival of Ugadi. Ugadi is a new year for the Telugu people.

Telugu is the local language in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Children, families and aging friends in CFCA’s Hyderabad project speak Telugu.

The name of this new year is Vijaya, which means success. Our new calendar will start from this day onward.

We prepare a special dish to start the new year. It’s called ugadi pachhadi (pachhadi means pickle).

Mango tree in India

Sreekanth Gundoji, CFCA communications liaison for India, displays unripe mangos from a mango tree. Mangos are a key ingredient for the ugadi pachhadi recipe.

Ugadi pachhadi has a traditional value. It’s a mixture of six varieties of tastes symbolizing six feelings, good and bad, that everyone experiences in life.

In the spirit of the Telugu new year, we’d like to offer this ugadi pachhadi recipe. Note the special meaning of each ingredient.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar, signifying happiness (the traditional sugar used is jaggery, made from sugar cane, date palms or coconut)
  • 3 cups of tamarind juice, signifying disgust because of the sour taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of neem flower petals, signifying sadness
  • 1/4 tablespoon of salt, signifying fear
  • 1/2 tablespoon of pepper, signifying anger
  • 3 tablespoons of unripe, green mango pieces, signifying surprise

Directions:

1. Mix all the above listed items in a bowl. (This signifies that everyone has to accept all life experiences equally.)

2. Serve in cups.

Happy Ugadi, Telugu new year!