Category Archives: South America

How to make Colombian cookies
Jan 1 2014

How to make cookies from Colombia (recipe)

Cookies from Colombia

Sisters Lilian and Maria bake cookies with their father, Jose, to earn income.


Happy New Year! Our headquarters in Kansas City is closed today to celebrate New Year’s Day. To start the year, many of us will make New Year’s resolutions. If shedding some extra pounds is on your list, wait … we’ve got one more holiday cookie recipe to try … before you really get serious about that diet. Get the recipe

Unbound president/CEO Scott Wasserman
Dec 27 2013

Generous hearts at Christmas

CFCA's president and CEO, Scott Wasserman

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.

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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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Unbound Awareness Trips
Dec 9 2013

Sponsor ‘unprepared’ for emotion of meeting friend

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CFCA sponsor Margie O’Connor recently traveled to Ecuador for our first awareness trip to the country. She talks about her trip and how meeting her sponsored friend Inti will always be a great moment in her life.

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Unbound mother
Nov 20 2013

Peru: ‘Empire of hidden treasures’

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Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”

Today on CFCA’s 32-year anniversary, we take a closer look at our work in the South American country, Peru.


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Nov 4 2013

Meet the artists of CFCA’s 2013 Christmas cards: Colombia

Antoni, 12, Colombia

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!

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nonprofit work
Nov 1 2013

Field Notes Colombia: Dreams of mothers

Director of global strategy, Paul Pearce, left, walks with a group of mothers in Cartagena, Colombia.

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.

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Sponsor a child
Oct 25 2013

Help find a sponsor for Carlos in Peru

Manchay, Peru

The city of Manchay, Peru.

By Elizabeth Alex

From the distance, Manchay, Peru appears dirty and desolate.

Small and sometimes rickety houses, cheerfully painted in lilac and blue sit at the base of what appear to be mountains made of dust and rock. Manchay is covered in haze.

But what Manchay lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in smiles.

Like the big grin on 5-year-old Carlos’ face.


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Unbound scholar
Oct 23 2013

A humble leader motivated me

Colombian sponsored youth


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.
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International Day of the Girl
Oct 11 2013

Celebrating International Day of the Girl

Bob Hentzen

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.
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