Category Archives: Philippines

Sponsor a child
Jul 31 2013

Serving as Sally’s eyes and heart

By Steve Taylor, CFCA volunteer and sponsor

Sally Steiger is a loving woman who gratefully shares her love with William, her 11-year-old sponsored child from the Philippines, who likes to be called “Yam.”

Sally is a lector at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Newport News, Va., and a retired federal employee with more than 30 years of service.

She is also a talented musician and plays the harmonica, ukulele and keyboard.

Sally achieved all these things without the use of her eyes because she was born blind.
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The Philippines
Jul 23 2013

CFCA scholar: Sponsorship brings ‘hope for a better future’

The CFCA project in Legazpi, Philippines, recently sent us success stories from young adults who were sponsored through CFCA.

Here’s one from Rochelle, who just graduated with a degree in venture entrepreneurship. Congratulations, Rochelle!


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The Philippines
Jul 11 2013

Sponsorship brings moral, mental, spiritual inspiration to CFCA scholar

Richard, a former sponsored youth in the Philippines, endured many obstacles throughout his life. But he didn’t let that stop him from pursuing his dream of being a teacher.


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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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The Philippines
Jun 12 2013

CFCA scholar: Education = ‘Steppingstone in reaching my dreams’

Gina, a sponsored child and CFCA scholar in the Philippines, has endured many obstacles throughout her life. But she didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her dream of being a teacher.


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Unbound fathers
Jun 10 2013

Top 10 stories about fathers in the Hope for a Family program

An ERPAT fathers group in the Philippines

And now, for your enjoyment, our top 10 stories about fathers! In no particular order.


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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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Apr 17 2013

CFCA scholar: ‘Poverty is not a hindrance to success’

Grace, a CFCA sponsored child and scholar in the Philippines, overcame extreme poverty and the loss of a parent at a young age. Read Grace’s story, in her own words, as she helps us remember that hard work and dedication will get you everywhere.


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Apr 1 2013

Charlie’s time machine

The CFCA project in Legazpi, Philippines, recently sent us success stories from young adults who were sponsored through CFCA.

Here’s one from Charlie, who just graduated with his teaching degree after many challenges along the way. Congratulations, Charlie!

It was soon after third grade when I wanted to fast forward through time, skip this long, dreary school age and enjoy a happy, sufficient job.

I even prayed for a time machine, magic or anything I saw on television that could transform me immediately into being a man.

Desperate as I was, I tried rotating the hour hand of our clock backwards, almost a hundred times, believing that this would change the world’s time.

And, of course, nothing happened, but something was granted.

I was 8 years old, in the fourth grade and in good shape when I was accepted by CFCA as a sponsored child.

I remembered I was taking my annual photograph on one corner of our house. I was greatly hesitant about whether to smile or just to make a normal face to look well-behaved.

Whatever I did, I was happy being one of the sponsored children.

At the onset of my fourth grade up to the last pinch of struggle in my pursuit of a teaching career, I have felt the genuine support of CFCA and, most especially, my sponsors.

I have worked very hard to become successful in my academic career because I know someone is determined to see me stand out in my field.

My father died of pneumonia when I was in my fourth year of high school. His death intensified our family’s needs and my fear of no longer being able to pursue a college degree.

I persevered, and I graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

CFCA has been a good foundation to my family, which holistically helps develop and improve our life in every aspect.

Now that I completed a degree and am practicing my profession as a substitute teacher, I still want to have a time machine to turn back the time and be, forever, a CFCA sponsored child.

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