National Love Your Pet Day is Thursday, Feb. 20! Check out photos from around the world of sponsored friends with their pets.
By Kristen Littrell, CFCA correspondent
Have you ever placed a letter to your sponsored child in the mailbox and wondered how many people and places, cars and planes are required to put that letter in your sponsored child’s waiting hands? Read more to find out!
July 4 usually means fireworks, outdoor grilling and paying tribute to our blessed country.
But what about Independence Day in the countries where we work?
Read more to find out when Independence Day is celebrated around the world.
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.
Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme is “Geography: Declare Your Interdependence.”
This presents challenges for families living in poverty. The National Council on Evaluation of Social Development Policy estimates that 46.2 percent of Mexico’s total population (52 million) lives in poverty.
Families, however, are working to overcome these challenges through our projects in Cuernavaca, Guadalupe and Merida.
Violence is a part of everyday life for many families in the Guadalupe and Cuernavaca projects. In a few communities, this violence has driven some families from their homes and changed the way we interact with families when our staff cannot visit neighborhoods.
Families meet with staff in other, safer locations. Our Hope for a Family program conducts activities for families that reinforce healthy values and teach conflict resolution.
Our work also supports parents in their efforts to educate their children. Hope for a Family sponsorship in Mexico helps offset the cost of supplies, fees and uniforms. Read more
In Latin American countries such as Mexico and El Salvador, it is customary to honor beloved family members who have passed away by celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
In many places, people will spend all day today in the cemetery on what is considered a celebration of life, not death. The graves are decorated, and it is a time for family and friends to gather and honor the lives of their loved ones.
Here at our headquarters in Kansas City we have our own Day of the Dead display. Veronica Vidal, who works in our Sponsor Services department, prepared a place in our community dining room to feature friends and loved ones in the CFCA community who have gone before us.
Bud Hentzen died Nov. 30, 2011, and his sister, Nadine Pearce, died two months later on Jan. 30, 2012. We miss them deeply, but we also celebrate their legacy and everything they have helped CFCA to be during the last 30 years.
We’re so excited to share with you the story of Gregorio, one of our sponsored aging friends in Mexico. Gregorio has a history of finding sick or abandoned animals and bringing them home to nurse them back to health.
Here are a few questions we asked him recently:
What made you decide to help animals on the street?
My mom and my dad always told me to be good with people and animals. I feel so much compassion for them.
I remember crying over three newborn baby cats I found abandoned in a soccer field. I decided to help them and see them grow.
Where do you find these animals?
I’ve found them everywhere: near my house, close to our church, at the soccer field, in the rural areas.
Please describe your favorite or most fond memory of your pet(s).
Wow, the truth is that I have adored them all, but there was Alaska.
Alaska was my neighbor’s dog. He bit my neighbor’s brand new mattress and made holes in it. I told him to let me have Alaska, and he gave him to me.
Alaska was big, black and white, with grey-colored eyes. His tale was long and in a spiral.
I enjoyed going out with him. He would run next to me riding my bike. Both of us would go to the river and he would jump right in, come out and shake his body, getting me totally wet. I did not care about that; I just laughed.
I enjoyed his company so much. He was with me in my ups and downs; he was strong and obedient. He was my partner. Sadly he died of a virus.
How has the CFCA Hope for a Family program helped you?
Every month I receive my food provisions, and on special occasions I get gifts. I also receive vitamins, shoes and clothing.
Whenever I need some help with some medicine or we are sick, we can come to CFCA and get help.