Uriel, and Abdelino with their mother, Hilda, and father, Danilo.
By Leslie Hernandez, CFCA Sponsor Services
Leslie Hernandez works for CFCA as a bilingual communications liaison in Sponsor Services. Read Leslie’s story of hope as she helped a family in Costa Rica realize their dream of building a dignified home.
I participated in a Costa Rica awareness trip last July with CFCA, and the experience changed my life.
I met Abdelino and Uriel, two brothers sponsored through CFCA, and fell in love with their family.
This family lives in poverty and struggles against great odds, yet they are happy and humble people.
Abdelino and Uriel live with their mother, Hilda, and father, Danilo, in a remote village east of the capital, San Jose.
Residents in this region have little or no access to potable water, electricity or paved roads.
The main source of employment in this area is a banana plantation that only offers seasonal jobs. In Limon, bananas and plantain are one of the region’s top sources of income. However, the banana plantation only offers seasonal employment that is never promised and provides a very low pay. Read more
Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme is “Geography: Declare Your Interdependence.”
Many of us think of a tropical paradise when we hear any reference to Costa Rica.
Truth be told, it is a country of economic contrasts: posh shopping malls and crowded slums, luxury hotels and thatch-roofed villages.
Tourism and development help some, but leave others struggling to overcome the challenges of poverty.
CFCA serves more than 6,700 children and youth through the San Jose project in Costa Rica. CFCA mothers groups there started with 15 moms. Today, 2,700 mothers of CFCA sponsored children in Costa Rica belong to mothers groups.
Many families in Costa Rica face a harsh reality. They live in slums and near river basins or dangerous areas threatened by landslides.
In these rough areas, hope can seem like itís just out of armís reach. But the CFCA mothers groups can give families a much-needed boost. Read more
- CFCA project coordinator Rafael Villalobos with his daughter Alejandra, right, and a sponsored child, Cristina, left.
- CFCA Kansas staff member Jean, middle, and her son, Brett, right, sponsor little Roger in Costa Rica, left.
- A sponsored aging friend, Mery, right, snuggles up to her sponsor, Jean, left.
- Sponsors Jim and Jenny, meet their sponsored child, Cheirin, in Costa Rica.
- A novice, left, and two Cristinas: Cristina Hentzen, right, with her and her husband’s (Bob) sponsored child, Cristina, middle.
- Sponsor Jan LeSarge enjoys a delicious meal with sponsored friends and family members.
- Don and Ginny Conway meet sponsored friends and family members.
- A young girl convinces a sponsor to cut a rug on the dance floor.
“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.
It’s a privilege and a joy to share this mission awareness trip with 32 fellow travelers and a dedicated Costa Rican staff. And it’s great to have the youth with us.
“We would like to live this trip with a profound spirit of gratitude to the Lord of Life for having given life to CFCA,” Villalobos said.
As soon as Cristina and I landed in San Jose, Costa Rica, on the afternoon of July 7, we learned that the evening before, July 6, our two CFCA staff leaders for this trip (Jean Carlo and Elizabeth) were hit by a car while riding a motorcycle.
After making a few final preparations for the trip, they were on their way home in heavy traffic. Both are hospitalized, with leg injuries serious enough to require surgery, but medical reports show that they will recover. Read more