By Henry Flores, director of the Unbound Communications Center in El Salvador
A friend sent me a message on Facebook, which read, “Congratulations for what you do for those most in need.”
This made me ask myself, “What do I do for the poor and what is it that they do for me?”
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.
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: