Previously we interviewed several CFCA projects around the world about last year’s Christmas celebrations for sponsored friends and their families.
Here are answers from three projects in the Philippines: Quezon, Antipolo and Legazpi.
How do you select the types of gifts for sponsored children?
Quezon: We choose practical things for sponsored friends to use and celebrate the Christmas occasion with family, in school and during the CFCA Christmas party.
The celebration usually features a theatrical play by sponsored friends, a musical/band presentation and a talent competition.
As we empower and sustain our local livelihood products and services, some CFCA communities started to have their food catered by the livelihood project during this celebration.
Antipolo: Because of the families’ limited income, they often spend their money on food and other high-priority items, and the need for clothing goes unmet. Our clothing gifts were selected to address what sponsored friends requested. These gifts are very meaningful to them.
They wear these gifts at CFCA Christmas parties, school, community gatherings, birthday parties and church. What is amazing is their joy to extend their gifts with their siblings. Sponsored aging friends have shared their gifts with their grandchildren.
Legazpi: Christmas is one of the favorite celebrations, not only by sponsored children but by people of all ages because it brings peace, hope, joy and love. Sponsored members and families marked the Yuletide season as the most-awaited event in their lives.
We selected our gifts based on what parents of sponsored children requested during our annual planning session with project staff members. Read more