Category Archives: El Salvador

Mission trip
Apr 9 2014

Benedictine College students build homes in El Salvador

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Spring break brings up images of white, sandy beaches and lazy afternoons. But for a group of Benedictine College students, spring break meant long hours, sweltering heat and one week to build three homes and a latrine.

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Salvadoran mother and son
Apr 2 2014

Mother-and-son duo create business selling traditional Salvadoran food

Carlos and his mother, Wendy, make enchiladas to sell.

Carlos and his mother, Wendy, make enchiladas to sell.

By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor

Poverty creates challenges that can thrust adult worries and responsibilities on children. That’s certainly true for sponsored child Carlos from El Salvador.

At just 11 years old, Carlos takes his role as the oldest child and older brother seriously, especially since his father left shortly after his younger brother, Byron, was born.

Carlos experienced the joy of becoming a big brother when his mom, Wendy, gave birth to Byron in 2008. Unfortunately, Byron was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which meant he would need special care and medical treatment.

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Sponsored children in El Salvador
Feb 19 2014

Celebrating ‘Love Your Pet Day’

sponsored child in Mexico

Geraldine, an Unbound sponsored child in Mexico, smiles with her dog, Chamaco, which means “little kid.” Is it just us, or are they sharing an inside joke?

National Love Your Pet Day is Thursday, Feb. 20! Check out photos from around the world of sponsored friends with their pets.

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Unbound Awareness Trips
Jan 15 2014

Sponsors enjoy water therapy with elderly friends

Getting into the groove of New Year’s resolutions? Our sponsored elderly friends in El Salvador got a jump on staying active and included a group of sponsors in on the fun.

Read more to learn about how this group of sponsored members stays fit and healthy.

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Christmas 2013
Dec 25 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from everyone at CFCA! Our office may be closed, but we’re sending you lots of Christmas cheer. As you spend time with your families, we hope you enjoy this Christmas video from El Salvador.

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Day of the Dead, El Salvador
Nov 2 2013

Day of the Dead in El Salvador 2012

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By Naresli Calito, CFCA communications center correspondent for El Salvador

In El Salvador every November 2, we celebrate the “Day of the Dead.”

It’s a time for visiting the graves of our loved ones.

In Santa Ana, we have the “Santa Isabel” cemetery, which is a popular cemetery in El Salvador.

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Unbound Awareness Trips
Oct 28 2013

5 factors to consider when choosing your sponsored friend

In El Salvador, CFCA sponsor, Mike Madama, prepares to give his sponsored friend Karla a big hug.

In El Salvador, CFCA sponsor, Mike Madama, prepares to give his sponsored friend Karla a big hug.

Behind every sponsorship is a story — how you found your sponsored friend, why you sponsored and your ongoing relationship as you both learn more about each other’s lives and dreams.

Sometimes, though, people aren’t sure where to start. Should they sponsor a boy or girl? Child, youth or aging person?

And in which country?

Here are a few factors that can help when choosing your sponsored friend:

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Oct 21 2013

Meet the artists of CFCA’s 2013 Christmas cards: El Salvador

Nery, 8, El Salvador

Nery, 8, El Salvador

Several sponsored children from around the world provided artwork for CFCA’s 2013 Christmas cards. Meet Nery and Luis from El Salvador, two of our artists.

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Unbound Awareness Trips
Oct 7 2013

Sisterly love: 9-year-old sponsor meets her Salvadoran sponsored friend

CFCA sponsored friend Blanca, left, and her sponsor Kendall, right, in El Salvador.

CFCA sponsored friend Blanca, left, and her sponsor Kendall, right, in El Salvador.

CFCA sponsors come in all ages. Take 9-year-old Kendall, for example. She recently went on an awareness trip to El Salvador to meet her sponsored friend Blanca.

Although Blanca and Kendall don’t speak the same language, they didn’t have any problems communicating. They shared and played together in the universal language of friendship.

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Unbound Awareness Trips
Sep 23 2013

3 reasons sponsoring a child can improve your health

Luis checking a patient.

With the support of his sponsor and CFCA, Luis was able to follow his dream of studying medicine. He is now in his final year of medical school.

Studies show giving back leads to better health.

An interesting idea, but how can sponsoring a child or elderly friend through CFCA help you feel better physically and emotionally?

Join us as we travel through scientific studies to find out how helping others can make you happier and healthier.

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