Savitri, a sponsored aging living in Hyderabad, India
CFCA sponsored elderly share life experiences and offer wise advice. Read about Savatri, a sponsored aging friend in Hyderabad, India!
At the ceremony recognizing their ancestral domain, the Dumagat community performs a traditional ritual.
Rasik looks out at the vast wasteland of his family’s property. The once fertile land was stripped of its natural resources by mining.
Chieftain Rogelio plays a tune for his grandson, Erick (right-center) and two other children, Myrna (left), and Joshua (far right).
Macu studies to become a teacher. She hopes to one day teach the children of her village.
Rasik and his wife, Sonamoni. Their daughter, Macu, is sponsored through the CFCA Hope for a Family program.
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.
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
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.
Jyothi, left, and her son Ravi, a CFCA sponsored youth, display a cherished photo from Ravi’s sponsor.
The Jyothi family hard at work in their hotel.
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.
Shaheen works in her shop with one of her daughters.
Heena, a CFCA sponsored child, with her father and younger sister in their bangle store.
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.
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!
Get the recipe!
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).
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.
- 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
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!