Category: Caribbean

Mar 31 2014

Scholarship helps a mother achieve her dreams

Maria stands proud with her eighth-grade students.

Maria stands proud with her eighth-grade students.

Sometimes the best gift someone can receive is encouragement. That’s exactly what Maria, a 34-year-old mother of three from the Dominican Republic, received from her friends and loved ones.

As a volunteer at the local Unbound office, Maria received lots of encouragement, and eventually a scholarship, from the community there when she made her decision to finish high school and pursue a teaching degree.

One of her biggest supporters was her father-in-law, who told her, “Do not give up.”

Read more about Maria’s journey here.

Geography Awareness Week
Nov 18 2013

Dominican Republic: Beauty in diversity

Dominican Republic

Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”

We start with our work in the Dominican Republic.

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Mar 20 2013

Trip to the Dominican Republic: ‘This is like coming home’

“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies awareness trip participants. You can see Bob’s full update on his Facebook page.

Photo credits for this report go to the CFCA Dominican Republic staff and to Bob Hentzen.

For me it is always a joy to travel with people who deeply believe in CFCA and deeply love their sponsored friends and their friends’ families.

From north to south in the Dominican Republic, CFCA sponsors on this trip were fortunate to visit each of their sponsored friends in their homes. A good number of these sponsors have helped our CFCA preachers at weekend church presentations.

Others have organized CFCA Sponsorship Sundays at their church or have shared the work of CFCA in their own communities.

Trip participants from this group continued this magnificent outreach by requesting more than 60 folders with family profiles and photos of children, youth and aging friends waiting to be sponsored.

They will take the folders home with them in hopes of finding sponsors for the young and old who are on our waiting list.

A bit of background

CFCA has been working in the Dominican Republic since 1982. CFCA currently serves 5,945 sponsored friends and 105 scholarship students, with 1,117 individuals waiting for sponsorship. Read more

Mar 23 2012

Dominican Republic trip shows positive, sustainable change

“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies mission awareness trip participants. You can see Bob’s full update on his Facebook page.

We really had an “early-morning CFCA flight” out of Kansas City.

Twenty-eight students and faculty from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., boarded our same flight for Atlanta.

From Atlanta, Cristina and I went to a mission awareness trip to the Dominican Republic, and they are en route to a CFCA mission awareness trip to El Salvador.

Godspeed, dear friends. Thanks for keeping CFCA on the move!

At CFCA, we favor a culture of learning and listening.

Here are a few things I have heard this week in the Dominican Republic.

Sponsored youth Monica to her Puerto Rican sponsors, Beridiana and Rafael: “It has been many years. You are much more than sponsors. You are like my parents, and I love you.” (These sponsors have been with CFCA for 23 years.)

Sponsor: “Something I learned on the mission awareness trip (MAT) to Chile. Please keep in mind the elderly. Chile was my first MAT, but I’ll be going on many more trips with CFCA.” Read more