CFCA’s president and CEO, Scott Wasserman
By Scott Wasserman, CFCA president and CEO
One morning recently, I read a file from a law firm representing the estate of one of our late sponsors. In her will she left $500 for the benefit of Jose, her sponsored child in Colombia.
Michael Calabria, CFCA’s planned giving director, worked with the attorney, Jim, on how best to use the gift. Our staff in Colombia let us know that when Jose completes 11th grade next year, he must either enroll in college or enlist in the military.
Elizabeth stands outside her home, decorated for Christmas, near Medellin, Colombia.
A Christmas celebration in India
A Christmas celebration in Kenya
A Christmas celebration in El Salvador
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.
Antoni, 12, Colombia
Antoni and William are two of the selected artists featured on CFCA’s 2013 Christmas cards. Click here to learn more about them!
Director of global strategy, Paul Pearce, left, walks with a group of mothers in Cartagena, Colombia.
Recently, Jose Rodriguez, project director for Colombia at CFCA headquarters in Kansas, traveled to Colombia to visit with mothers of sponsored children.
During the workshop, mothers gathered to answer a question: “What is your dream?”
Many women had the opportunity to share what they were interested in pursuing and CFCA had the chance to help them make it happen.
Watch the video to learn more about how CFCA becomes a catalyst for these women to achieve their dreams.
Watch the video!
Alfredo, 19, serves as an inspiration to fellow students in Colombia.
Alfredo, 19, is a sponsored youth served by our Cartagena, Colombia, office. He helped with an Awareness Trip earlier this year and met with several sponsors and Bob Hentzen. Alfredo tutors 9th graders in his community, and was inspired even more by his meeting with Bob to continue helping.
Bob’s passion was to build bridges of love and understanding between all people.
As CFCA prepares for the funeral tomorrow of our President and Co-Founder Bob Hentzen, we honor International Day of the Girl. Educating and empowering girls throughout the 21 developing countries where CFCA works was important to Bob and will continue to be part of his legacy.
Dubis sits in front of her home sharing her story.
Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Dubis now lives in a community south of Cartagena.
She is the mother of two sponsored youth.
Dubis found a new calling when she joined the CFCA mothers group, which meets twice a month.
“Before my sons’ sponsorship, my life was a routine. I would go to work and do the chores at home,” Dubis said.
“I did not go outside a lot and I did not talk with my neighbors.”
Maria holding her prize of personal growth she received from Pamplona University.
Maria is a 75-year-old sponsored aging friend from Cartagena, Colombia.
Maria recently decided to go back to school to get her college education — a dream she had chased since her youth.
Because of gender stereotypes, Maria could not achieve her dream until her late 70s.
But with help and encouragement from her family, her sponsor and Unbound, Maria graduated from Pamplona University in Colombia.
Luis smiles as he answers questions about becoming a doctor.
Luis is a sponsored youth from the Cartagena area of Colombia. He is in his final year of medical school and will be the first doctor from his community! Read more
Judith Bautista, CFCA project coordinator for Bogota, Colombia, with her sponsored friend, Jorge, in Honduras.
Judith Bautista is the CFCA project coordinator for Bogota, Colombia, and a CFCA sponsor.
Judith began sponsoring 19-year-old Jorge in 2010 after a trip she took to Honduras to learn more about CFCA mothers groups.
She had the opportunity to meet Jorge when she traveled to Honduras recently for a CFCA awareness trip.
In her reflection, Judith describes the journey of her sponsorship experience and how special it was to meet her sponsored friend.