As 2016 comes to an end, we reflect on the past year with a lot of gratitude. Every one of our sponsors and sponsored friends has played a tremendous role in making a big impact around the globe. We’re happy to report that, in 2016 alone, we’ve disbursed more than $105.3 million in field support to our programs around the world, a one-year record!
Ralldy studies at his home in Guatemala.
When Ralldy was a little boy, he would ride around the streets of Guatemala on his bicycle selling tortillas. He is the youngest of five children, and when he was 1 his father abandoned the family. His mother put him through school by making and selling tortillas.
“She sells four tortillas for 13 cents,” Ralldy said. “This is how she raised me and put me in high school.”
Elvira shares a smile with her daughter, Escarleth.
For many, the mother is the heart of the family. She’s often the one who kisses scraped knees, soothes fevers and offers a shoulder to cry on. The importance of a mother’s role was on the minds of Unbound staff members in Santa Barbara, Honduras, when they realized mothers in rural areas were not receiving adequate health care.
In Guatemala, there are many ways to say happy birthday. With Spanish as the official language of the country, feliz cumpleaños is one option. But with more than 20 indigenous Mayan languages, there are many to choose from.
Kakchiquel is one of the Mayan dialects in Guatemala, and some of our sponsored friends who speak it wanted to share with you how they say happy birthday.
Help make Unbound birthdays special by donating to the Birthday Fund.
The children are ready to play and have fun,
While the youth are ready for school to be done.
Santa makes a stop at a CFCA-Guatemala Christmas celebration last year.
Aging friends wait with anticipation
As Santa arrives to a Christmas celebration!
The CFCA Christmas fund brings gifts to all
Be it shoes, or clothes or a shiny new ball.
The day is filled with excitement and joy,
It’s a wonderful day for all girls and boys.
They share with each other, stories and laughter,
And a meal is shared by all soon thereafter.
The CFCA Christmas Fund is good to consider,
Your friend will feel special and honored this winter.
You can donate on the website or by mail,
Or simply call to let your donation prevail!