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A group of mothers and daughters in Honduras recently shared with us a special technique they use to craft environmentally friendly curtains and jewelry from thorns and seeds!
Check out our interview with 10-year-old Tania, a CFCA sponsored child, who describes how she helps her mother make interesting and eco-friendly designs.
I’ll never forget the day I was sponsored because it was my birthday. I was turning 6 years old.
My name is Tania, and since that day I have become part of the beautiful and loving CFCA family.
I help my mother make curtains and bracelets by opening the little holes in the seeds and stringing them together.
I like to make the bracelets, but I don’t like to make the curtains because it takes too much time, and I get bored.
I want to invite my sponsor to come to my community. I would love to meet her and teach her how to make the bracelets and necklaces.
DIY thorn and seed curtains and jewelry in 3 steps:
- The first step is to look for the thorns, which we call “cachitos” or bull’s horns. This is the most difficult part of the process because a large number of stinging ants live inside the thorns and sting our hands.
- Next we have to get seeds. We use a seed called “Lágrimas de San Pedro” or Saint Peter’s Tears. These seeds are usually brought over from another community. We try to use any kind of seeds we can find in our community. We paint the seeds so they are colorful.
- Once we have collected all the necessary materials, we start to make our products. First, we make holes in the seeds and thorns. Next, we create a design and use fishing or metal string to make the curtains and other kinds of jewelry.
Read the full story about mothers making eco-friendly curtains in Honduras
By Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent
CFCA is not a one-size-fits-all organization. We rely on our field staffs to know the families in each community, to listen to their needs and hopes, and to provide a program that empowers them to build a path out of poverty.
We give you a window into several CFCA communities, to gauge the success of the Hope for a Family sponsorship program.
Hope for a Family in Nakuru, KenyaA stone art gallery is tucked away down a bustling street in Nakuru,Kenya. Inside, beautiful wood and glass pieces, intricately woven baskets and skillfully sewn dresses are displayed across the spacious room.
The owners, Patrick and Rose, are passionate about their work.
Like entrepreneurs around the world, they honed their skills and opened this shop as a way to provide for their family.
Patrick and Rose are part of the CFCA family in Nakuru, Kenya.
Their son, Kevin, is sponsored, and Rose is a member of a CFCA mothers group in the area. The family was able to attain a loan to start their business through Rose’s mothers group. Read more
Roxana created the painting, pictured in the background, which reflects her experience with CFCA Hope for a Family sponsorship.
CFCA recently celebrated 25 years of service in El Salvador. The sponsorship program began in El Salvador in 1985 with 25 sponsored children. Today, CFCA serves more than 12,000 sponsored children, youth and aging members around the country.
As part of the different activities organized by CFCA-Santa Ana to commemorate this special milestone, a drawing and painting contest was held for sponsored members who wanted to participate. The topic was “CFCA as hope for a family.”
Roxana Maribel, 16, won first place with her original painting, “Before and After.” It reflects her deep sense of transformation in the 14 years she has been sponsored through CFCA.
My name is Roxana Maribel. I am 19 years old and live in the city of Santa Ana in El Salvador. Since kindergarten, I enjoyed drawing and painting.
Over the years, I have taught myself different techniques. Nothing professional, but something I enjoyed as a hobby.
When I was told about the drawing and painting contest, I decided to participate with a painting that would somehow show myself reflected in it.
This painting reflects the changes in my life and the lives of many others, thanks to all the support I have received from my sponsor. To me, painting is a simple way to express my feelings and thoughts. I like people to see what I feel.
I feel happy that I won first place in the contest. My family was very supportive and felt happy with my achievement.
I have many dreams for my future. The main ones are to be closer to our Lord, to become a professional woman and to be able to help my family.
~Interview by Jorge Castaneda, communication center staff member; photos by Daniel Hernandez
During the mission awareness trip to Colombia, Adrian Velazquez, manager of parish outreach, saw how art and dance play an essential role in the development of the children. These creative outlets are helping the children grow in many positive ways, making this a benefit that goes beyond the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter.