Tag: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging

Jan 18 2013

Familiar face brings CFCA to new audiences

Barclay Martin

Barclay Martin, CFCAís new channels marketing coordinator

Barclay Martin joined CFCA last year as new channels marketing coordinator.

But he was a familiar face at CFCA long before joining the staff.

Barclay, a professional musician for the past 10 years, was the composer for CFCA’s documentary, “Rise and Dream,” and is seen in the film learning and helping to teach 13 teenagers about the cultural instruments of their heritage.

We sat down with him to find out more about his role and how his background in music influences his work.

Q. What is your role as new channels marketing coordinator?

A. The new channels department was created to reach new audiences as well as develop innovative and creative ways for people to fall in love with CFCA’s work and the individuals we serve.

It’s so exciting to see people take interest in CFCA’s work. Individuals working together to create sustainable, positive change motivates me a great deal.

I’ve developed a deep respect for the rich diversity of the people I’ve met through my travels.

By celebrating diversity as a global community, we become more aware of the essential elements of life that ultimately bring us closer as human beings. Read the rest of the interview

Jan 17 2013

Project coordinator in Uganda: ‘I am a true believer of change’

Teddy Naluwu, Kampala project coordinator in Uganda and former CFCA sponsored child.

Teddy Naluwu, Kampala project coordinator in Uganda and former CFCA sponsored child.

I hope to transform others’ lives through my work with CFCA.

My name is Teddy Naluwu, and I am 31 years old. I have been a part of the CFCA family for more than 20 years, first as a sponsored child and later as an employee.

I have been working for CFCA for the past seven years, and I currently serve as Kampala project coordinator for Uganda, Africa.

Personally, I am a true believer of change. I have seen myself transform from a humble “country girl” to project coordinator of a sizeable project.

Because of CFCA sponsorship and the education I received, I am able to help break through the lines of poverty within my family.

The CFCA-Kampala project believes that we can make the world a better place through our collective efforts.

Engaging with the families in CFCA project activities is an important aspect of my work that shapes my attitude and performance, and boosts my self-worth. Read more

Jan 16 2013

When a natural disaster hits, does CFCA tell sponsors if sponsored friends are affected?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. When a natural disaster hits, does CFCA tell sponsors if sponsored friends are affected?

A. We do our best to inform sponsors personally whenever their sponsored friend has passed away from a natural disaster or any other cause.

We don’t have the resources to contact each individual sponsor if their friends have been evacuated or otherwise affected from a natural disaster. We’re always working to update our records about sponsored friends who were affected: whether they need a new house, for example, or other support we can provide as they recover from tragedies.

Shortly following a natural disaster, CFCA local staff will typically survey the impacted communities and assess if there are specific family needs that CFCA could help address through special funding from donations to the disaster assistance fund or through direct services from our staff.

If your sponsored friend lives in an affected area, please feel free to contact our Sponsor Services team to see whether any specific information about your sponsored friend has been received. We’ll be more than happy to share that with you.

We also post stories on our website whenever disasters strike areas where our sponsored friends live. While these stories generally don’t contain information about specific children or aging friends, they report on the disaster’s impact in the area and how CFCA is helping.

For more information, please email mail@cfcausa.org or call Sponsor Services at (800) 875-6564 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.

Jan 15 2013

Mother in India starts family business

Sathya

Sathya opened her own store with help from a CFCA mothers group loan.

We recently heard from our Hyderabad project in India about several mothers of sponsored children who are exemplifying the potential of families living in poverty. Here’s the story of Sathya – enjoy!

My family and I live in a remote village in India.

My husband used to be a contract worker; the income he earned was not enough to support our family.

I had an opportunity to take out a loan through my mothers group.

I talked with my husband, and we both shared the idea of opening a store in our village.

He supported my idea and agreed to purchase the required materials for the store.

First, I opened the store in our home.

I soon repaid the first loan, and I took out another loan to purchase a kiosk made with wood.

After that was repaid, I asked for a third loan to buy a refrigerator to keep a few cool drinks in the store.

After a few years, my husband left his job and is helping me run the business. Read more

Jan 14 2013

Community in Colombia plants trees to help in drought

A Chinese proverb says it’s better to light one candle than curse the darkness.

We can find a modern-day parallel in a community in Cali, Colombia, where families in the CFCA program found it’s better to take action and plant a tree to help the environment!

Water walk in Colombia

Yeraldin, CFCA staffer in Colombia and CFCA scholar, plants seeds for a future tree in an environmental campaign to help fight against drought. Yeraldin was sponsored through CFCA as a child.

For several years now, Colombia has suffered from a drought that has caused the nation’s government to urge citizens to conserve water (see this article for more information).

This particular CFCA community in Cali has had limited water supply as a result, and CFCA mothers groups met to discuss the problem. Read more

Jan 11 2013

IRA charitable rollover provision extended

CFCA sponsor Donna and her sponsored youth America participate in a CFCA awareness trip to Merida, Mexico, in 2012.

CFCA sponsor Donna and her sponsored youth America participate in a CFCA awareness trip to Merida, Mexico, in 2012.

Good news! If you’re a taxpayer wanting to make tax-free donations to charities from traditional and Roth IRAs, you can still do so for 2012.

Congress recently extended the IRA charitable rollover provision retroactively for all of 2012 and through Jan. 31, 2013. The provision allows people 70 Ω and older to donate up to $100,000 a year tax free to qualifying charities.

To claim a gift as a 2012 IRA rollover donation, however, it must be received before Feb. 1, 2013. We encourage donors to act quickly, as most financial institutions take 7-10 business days to process IRA charitable rollover donations.

Additionally, if you took a required minimum distribution from your IRA in December 2012, you may contribute all or part of it to charity and claim the gift as a 2012 rollover donation, if itís received prior to Feb. 1.

Over the years, the IRA rollover provision has been popular with CFCA donors. They’ve used the tax-free distributions to pre-pay sponsorship, fund higher education costs for their sponsored child, or simply as contributions to the CFCA general fund.

For more information, contact Michael Calabria by email at giftplanning@cfcausa.org or call (800) 875-6564, ext. 7146.

Jan 11 2013

Guatemala trip showcases ‘joyful miracle’ of CFCA’s growth

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“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies awareness trip participants. You can see Bob’s full update on his Facebook page. Photo credits go to Ricardo Ajpuac, CFCA staff member in Guatemala.

Here’s wishing you every blessing in this special season to give thanks and begin anew.

Counting on God’s blessings, we look forward to a tranquil and relaxing journey. The coffee is red ripe on the trees. School is out, and children fill the mountain air with their giggles. Read more

Jan 10 2013

What the Santals can teach us: Sreekanth, CFCA communications liaison for India

Sreekanth, CFCA communications liaison for India

Sreekanth, out on location, wearing a traditional hat of the Santal tribe.

By Sreekanth Gundoji, CFCA communications liaison for India

Each CFCA sponsored friend and family has a story to tell.

For the families of the Santal tribes living in remote areas of India between Nepal and Bangladesh, the story is especially compelling.

As CFCA’s communications liaison in India, I have the honor to tell their story.

The Santals depend on nature for their survival. Agriculture is their way of life.

As their villages are spread across four Indian states and are miles away from towns, they create their own communities with whatever resources are available. They build houses with mud and clay supported by bamboo sticks and cover the roof with grass, straw and tiles made of mud.

The Santals are wrongly considered “behind the times” by many in India, and their way of life may seem rugged to you and me.

But the Santal people can teach all of us important lessons. They take nothing for granted, and they have a lot to share about using scarce resources in the most sustainable ways.

Their culture and religious observances are colorful, dynamic and unique. To the Santals, dancing is essential to life. Read more

Jan 9 2013

How to make empanadas from Colombia (recipe)

empanadas from Colombia

Celina’s empanadas from Colombia … mmm!

Celina is a mother to two sponsored children in Colombia, and for her, empanadas are her livelihood. She took out a loan through her mothers group to start a business selling empanadas and coffee. (Unbound serves more than 22,000 sponsored children and elderly in Colombia.)

Celina used the income from her business to purchase her first home.

Celina shares her recipe with us, and we invite you to try her delicious empanadas. Enjoy! Get the recipe

Jan 8 2013

CFCA 2012 blog numbers in review

Thanks to WordPress for preparing a 2012 annual report for our blog, Around the World with CFCA.


Here’s an excerpt from WordPress:

15,000 cans of diet soda were consumed at New York Fashion Week. This blog had about 140,000 views in 2012. If these were cans of diet soda, theyíd power 9 Fashion Weeks.

In 2012, there were 286 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 950 posts. There were 844 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 109 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks so much to our readers! Please help us increase our activity in the coming year by checking back regularly.