Tag: culture

bano
Jul 30 2013

Games children play in Africa: Bano (Swahili for marbles)

Bano in Kenya

Jorun (left) and Paul, CFCA sponsored youth in Kenya, play bano, which means marbles in Swahili.

In the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, children gather to pass the time and to just be kids.

With bragging rights on the line, they pull marbles from their pockets and begin to play bano, which is Swahili for marbles.

“The game is very interesting and I feel proud when I win,” said Paul a youth sponsored through CFCA.

Get the rules to play Bano now!

Taj Mahal
Jul 29 2013

Family feels special connection to Taj Mahal

Standing outside a small gift shop run by CFCA mothers, with her hands folded and a slight smile brightening her soulful brown eyes, Rekha is the picture of grace as she talks about her life in Agra, India’s world-famous city that is home to the Taj Mahal.

Rekha is bringing up her two children on her own; her husband doesn’t live with the family. Her 14-year-old son, Dushyant, is sponsored through CFCA.


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Jul 26 2013

Nicaragua awareness trip brings ‘great opportunity for learning’

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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 for this report go to Ricardo Ajpuac and Gerver Churunel, CFCA-Guatemala staffers, the CFCA staff in Managua and Bob Hentzen.
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Hard rains in Cali, Colombia
Jul 22 2013

CFCA families help others after destructive storm

CFCA in Cali, Colombia

CFCA staffers and families of sponsored children assess damage after the storm.

Harrison Garcia, CFCA communications liaison in Colombia, was covering a story in Cali, Colombia, when a storm packing heavy rains and high winds passed over the community.

Mothers, CFCA staffers and others in the community stepped up to help clean and repair the damage to several homes of sponsored children.


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Field Notes- India
Jul 19 2013

Field Notes — India: The gift of hospitality

CFCA Project Specialist Sara Asmussen, right, visits with mothers of sponsored children in Chennai, India.

CFCA Project Specialist Sara Asmussen, right, visits with mothers of sponsored children in Chennai, India.

Watch this video to learn more about the Hope for a Family program and how we help sponsored friends and their families around the world.


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Indian mother
Jul 15 2013

CFCA loan helps mother in India start her own business

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 Tirupatamma — enjoy!


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Unbound Awareness Trips
Jul 12 2013

Trip to Honduras ‘touches the heart’ of a CFCA sponsor

In an effort to meet and finally connect with her sponsored friends, Rosa and Franklin in Honduras, CFCA sponsor Theresa Farmer was inspired to go on a CFCA awareness trip.

An account of Theresa’s travel experience in Honduras follows!


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Tilapia soup
Jul 8 2013

Tilapia lemon soup (Guatemala recipe)

Tilapia lemon soup from Guatemala

Tilapia lemon soup from Guatemala … mmm!

Through the help of CFCA livelihood programs, many families in Guatemala have now started a new career with a tilapia farm! Oscar Ventura Tuch, CFCA staffer in Guatemala, works with families who raise tilapia, and he shares his grandmother’s traditional recipe with us!

Eat in solidarity with your sponsored friend – Get the recipe now!

Writing letters
Jul 6 2013

Letter-writing tips from CFCA sponsors!

A group of sponsors shares their tips for writing letters to their CFCA sponsored friends!

Check out these tips from four sponsors!


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Unbound Awareness Trips
Jul 5 2013

Sponsors are important voices of encouragement

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Thank you to the 18 volunteers from Church of the Risen Christ in Denver for your support of CFCA’s sponsored friends and their families.

One of the most important things our sponsors can do on a CFCA awareness trip is spend time with the families who are working hard to find a path to self-sufficiency.

You are important voices of encouragement. Plus, meeting the families is a ton of fun!

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Learn more about CFCA awareness trips

Sponsor a child today!