Tag: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging

Feb 1 2013

4 ways to remember sponsored friends at this year’s Super Bowl

It’s the 47th Super Bowl party. Get your snacks and fan gear ready because CFCA is giving you four ways to remember your sponsored friend at this year’s Super Bowl!

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1. Super Bowl parties are full of great snacks.†Fball 1

Super Bowl Sunday is a day filled with food, and a great way to remember your friend is to research a recipe from your sponsored friend’s country and serve it with all your other favorites.

Got a friend in Colombia? Try Celina’s homemade empanadas, or if you have a friend from Honduras, check out an amazing hamburger and sauce recipe from the Faith and Hope mothers group in Honduras!

Family and friends will have many questions, and you can share with them about CFCA. (Check out our recipes page on the blog!)

2. Compare the best commercials and how you would “advertise” CFCA.†Fball2

This year a 30-second Super Bowl commercial costs an average of $3.5 million. That’s more than 9,722 years of sponsorship!

Consider having a competition between family and friends to see who can come up with the best CFCA sponsorship Super Bowl ad. Let us know what you would say in a 30-second commercial about CFCA.

The best part is your commercial won’t cost $3.5 million!

3. Consider cultural party decorations.†Fball 3

Are you decorating with colors from your favorite team? Whether it’s face paint, streamers or table crafts, kids will love to help you use colors in preparation for Super Bowl Sunday.

See whether your sponsored friend’s country flag has any of the same colors, and if so, remember to explain the “other” meaning behind the color you’re using to decorate.

San Francisco 49ers team colors: 49ers red and 49ers gold

Country flags with corresponding colors: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Philippines, Venezuela, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Tanzania, Colombia and Uganda.

Baltimore Ravens team colors: Purple, black, metallic gold and white

Country flags with corresponding colors: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Kenya, Philippines, Chile, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, Tanzania, Colombia, Uganda, Nicaragua, El Salvador, India.

4. Your team just won the Super Bowl! Now what are you going to do?†Fball4

On Jan. 25, 1987, the New York Giants won the Super Bowl. A commercial aired later with New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, who was asked what he was going to do next.

“I’m going to Disney World!” he said.

So, if your team wins the Super Bowl, what are you going to do?

“I’m going on a CFCA awareness trip to meet my sponsored friend!”

Well, that could be your answer, but if you can’t make a trip halfway around the world, then just try paying it forward!

Try sending your friend a nice letter ó share your love of sports with your friend and ask about his or her favorite sport.

If you have other ideas of how you and your family can incorporate CFCA into your Super Bowl party, we’d love to hear them.

Let us know in the comments below!

Jan 31 2013

The wonder of wetlands: Salvadoran family helps care for environment

Lake Guija, wetlands site in El Salvador

Lake Guija in El Salvador.

Feb. 2, 2013, marks the 16th celebration of World Wetlands Day. Citizens, organizations and government agencies have participated since 1997 in raising public awareness for protecting the wetlands of the world.

CFCA serves families in El Salvador who live near Lake Guija, a designated wetlands area. Remigio, a farmer and fisherman, and Corina live with their children on a rented plot of land near the lake. One of their children, David, is sponsored through CFCA. Read more

Jan 30 2013

CFCA staff member reflects on everyday blessings

Veronica BattonBy Veronica Batton, CFCA writer/editor

I found my old passport the other day while cleaning my kitchen. I have no idea why I chose the kitchen to store this important document, but that’s a story for another time.

When I found my passport, I realized I was coming up on my one-year anniversary of my CFCA awareness trip to India.

I still remember that trip vividly. The bright colors of pinks, blues and golds woven into the women’s saris; the lovely smell of incense; the happy smiles on the faces of CFCA friends and families; discovering delicious foods; and also witnessing the extreme poverty, which impacts much of the country.

When I came back, I promised myself that I would do my best to always be grateful for all the blessings in my life.

I remember a time over the summer when I was having a rough day; I was becoming more and more frustrated with whatever was bothering me. (I was probably mad at my flat iron.)

I made a conscious decision to stop and reflect on the things I was grateful for, and my frustration started to melt away.

Working as a writer/editor at CFCA I learn so much about the sponsored friends and their families ó I learn about their love for life, their strength and their daily realities.

The everyday necessities and comforts in life I sometimes take for granted are not easily accessible for families living in poverty. Here are some examples: Read more

Jan 29 2013

Mother makes environmentally friendly charcoal in Madagascar


Marie, mother of a CFCA sponsored child in Madagascar.

Meet Marie, mother of three children in Madagascar, who found a creative way to help her family through selling environmentally friendly charcoal made from soil, grass and charcoal powder!

One of her children, 11-year-old Safidison, is sponsored through CFCA.

My husband works in rice fields. I am a housewife.

Before our son was sponsored, we sometimes went hungry because we could not afford to buy food, especially when my husband could not find a job.

Paying school fees for all three children was really a challenge.

Life was not easy. Money was hard to come by since my husband does seasonal work, and the money he made was not enough for our needs. Read more of Marie’s story

Jan 28 2013

Hamburger bun recipe from Honduras, part 2

Unbound serves more than 18,000 sponsored children and elderly in Honduras. An Unbound mothers group there, the Faith and Hope mothers group, sells homemade hamburgers to those in their community.

Last week, we posted part 1 of this recipe: Hamburgers and sauce from Honduras.

Here is part 2, the Faith and Hope mothers group recipe for homemade hamburger buns!

Hamburgers from Honduras Ö mmm!

Hamburgers from Honduras Ö mmm!

Get the recipe!

Jan 25 2013

CFCA-Kansas staffers reach new heights in travel days

You wake up. It’s 4 a.m. and you need to leave for the airport soon to catch your flight to another continent.

Rama John, right, with Rogelio, a chieftain of the Filipino Dumagat community.

Rama John, right, with Rogelio, a chieftain of the Filipino Dumagat community.

This is life on the road for our international programs team.

In 2012, 24 international team members from our Kansas headquarters traveled a total of 918 days. That equates to more than two-and-a-half years of combined travel!

The team is dedicated to making sure the Hope for a Family program is serving CFCA sponsored friends and their families in the best possible way.

Sometimes, that means spending time away from their own families to visit those in the field.

We spoke with Rama John, CFCA international financial auditor, who traveled a total of 92 days in 2012!

Q. How do you tend to family needs when you travel for CFCA?

A. I think the most important thing to remember relating to family and work is COMMUNICATION. This is absolutely essential between loved ones and friends, as well as team members here in Kansas and within our project teams around the world. Read more

Jan 24 2013

Sponsored child crafts ‘clean and green’ turtles from recycled paper

CFCA sponsored child makes recycled paper turtles

Andres in Colombia holds one of the turtles he crafts out of recycled materials.

My name is Andres, and I have been sponsored for six years through CFCA in Colombia.

My father works as a bricklayer and my mother is a housekeeper. My father works by seasons, and sometimes we do not have any income to sustain our family.

One day I had a great idea. I went with my mother to the CFCA office where she met with her mothers group. I like to go and help her during the meetings. At the meeting, I met a mother who knows how to make crafts. She was making many things with plastic, and I was very curious about it. Read more of Andres’ story

Jan 23 2013

Hamburgers and sauce recipe from Honduras, part 1

Unbound serves more than 18,000 sponsored children and elderly in Honduras. An Unbound mothers group there, the Faith and Hope mothers group, sells homemade hamburgers to those in their community. They made such amazing hamburgers that we had to get the recipe and share it with you, along with a special sauce they make to go with the burgers. Here is part one of the recipe!

Hamburgers and sauce from Honduras

Hamburgers and special sauce from Honduras … mmm!

The mothers make and sell these hamburgers, and their recipe makes 40 burgers! You may want to adjust the recipe based on how many hamburgers you plan to serve. Get the recipe!

Jan 22 2013

Helping end violence in India by empowering women, girls

Elizabeth-AlexBy Elizabeth Alex, CFCA community outreach and media relations director

The voice of powerless women in India has been heard.

It’s tragic that it took the rape, torture and agonizing death of a promising young physiology student to bring that voice to the world.

“I am heartbroken about the news of this young woman,” said Paul Pearce, CFCA director of global strategy. “She was heroic to hold her head up high and go to school. I hear she had big dreams of building a hospital back in her village.”

CFCA has more than 35,000 sponsored children and aging friends in India. We also support a home for boys from the streets in Delhi, the city where the young woman was attacked.

Our staff and families understand how the simple act of boarding a bus can become a deadly decision; women and the poor are vulnerable and become targets just by reaching for their dreams.

“The heroic journey on the path out of poverty can be a daunting and even lonely task,” Pearce said. “Many in the communities where we work live in a state of isolation.”

We are learning that most of the five young men, who are charged with luring the 23-year-old woman and her friend onto a bus with the promise of a ride, came from a slum neighborhood. They have no jobs, and are unable to hire an attorney to represent them.

CFCA works in India and 21 other countries to end this violent cycle with a model that focuses on the individual and his or her needs while building safe and responsible communities. Read more

Jan 21 2013

Dream with us on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Paco WertinBy Paco Wertin, CEO of CFCA

“Free at last, free at last, thank God, we are free at last,” echoes in my heart.

And “we shall overcome, someday …” practically sings itself out loud on this holiday celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I take a moment to be still and let these words and their music wash over me and call me forth to recognize in my sisters and brothers the dignity that sets us free and sends us down the road, side by side, working together for better days.

Join me in giving thanks to God for the gift that this man has been and continues to be for us all, enticing us toward that community of the beloved where compassion, service and responsibility are the order of the day.

And pray with me: “With you, O God, we are a liberating force of love in our world today!”

Peace to one and all, deep down and all along the way.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Photo courtesy of www.thekingcenter.org.


Today, to honor Dr. King’s legacy, we encourage all dreamers in the CFCA community to share their dreams. We invite you to visit the CFCA “Rise and Dream” website and inspire others with your own dream ó big, small, profound or humorous.

And, while you are there, read the dreams of others, including the 13 young scholars who share their stories in the CFCA documentary film, “Rise and Dream.”
CFCA sponsored children dreaming