Tag: El Salvador

Berta, mother of a sponsored child in El Salvador, and her daughter Cesia.
May 6 2015

Celebrating Mother’s Day in El Salvador

Berta, mother of a sponsored child in El Salvador, and her daughter Cesia.

Berta, mother of a sponsored child in El Salvador, and her daughter Cesia.

By Naresli Calito, correspondent for Unbound in El Salvador

Mother’s Day is a special day when we celebrate and honor motherhood. In America, El Salvador and most Latin American countries, we celebrate it in May.

In our communities, mothers are the gears in the movement of love we call Unbound. I have learned many things from mothers since I started working at Unbound. They are without a doubt women that inspire me.

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Archbishop Oscar Romero
Apr 20 2015

The beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero

By Larry Livingston, senior writer/editor

On May 23, the Roman Catholic Church will formally beatify Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran archbishop who was murdered in 1980. In Catholic tradition, beatification is the last and most significant step before canonization, the official recognition of a person as a saint.

But while Romero has yet to be officially canonized, as far as the people of El Salvador are concerned, his sainthood has never been in doubt. Since his assassination in1980, they have revered him, in a very personal way, as their patron saint and a martyr for the cause of the poor.

Victor Mendez, a member of the accounting team in Unbound’s San Salvador office, understands and shares in the joy with his fellow Salvadorans as they prepare to celebrate Romero’s beatification. As a member of a generation that grew up hearing stories of the martyred archbishop — and one who now works with those living in poverty — he appreciates the significance of this event for his people.
Victor sees the formal recognition of Romero as a Salvadoran success story.

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Sponsor a child
Jan 23 2015

Woman reconnects with past by sponsoring a child

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From left: Maritza, Karla’s mother, Karla, Mercedes and Marlene Garcia de Ramirez, an Unbound social worker in El Salvador.

The people who sponsor through Unbound are a rather diverse group. Some sponsors are children still in grade school, while others have been retired for years. They represent an array of backgrounds, ethnicities, occupations and beliefs. And while the majority of our sponsors were born and raised in the United States, many were not.

Mercedes Lima has been a sponsor for 21 years. Though she has called Florida home for quite some time, she is originally from a small town in El Salvador.

“I grew up in a very poor place,” Mercedes said, “that’s why I understand the suffering and sadness when you don’t have an opportunity to move forward.”

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Sponsor a child
Aug 1 2014

The true tragedy of the ‘border crisis’

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Emely, 6, from El Salvador.

Editor’s note: Jennifer is an Unbound staffer who felt so passionately about the children at the center of the “border crisis” that she sent this email message to her family and friends. We want to share it with you.

Hello friends,

It’s not very often that I write things like this, but I’m really troubled by what’s going on at our borders. The true tragedy of this situation is the plight of the innocent children who are alone, scared, and often very sick by the time they reach our border.

Please take a minute to think about how desperate the situation must be for these families to risk the lives of their children in this way.

I work for a Kansas City-based sponsorship organization that works with families in 21 developing countries to create paths out of poverty. Last December I had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador to visit one of our program offices and meet some of the families we serve. Witnessing firsthand the living conditions in Central America was life-changing. You simply cannot imagine the daily difficulties these hard-working families face just to survive.
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Day of the Dead, El Salvador
Nov 2 2013

Day of the Dead in El Salvador 2012

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By Naresli Calito, CFCA communications center correspondent for El Salvador

In El Salvador every November 2, we celebrate the “Day of the Dead.”

It’s a time for visiting the graves of our loved ones.

In Santa Ana, we have the “Santa Isabel” cemetery, which is a popular cemetery in El Salvador.

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Mar 6 2013

Common boy, girl names from countries where CFCA works

El Salvador

From left are Gloria, Erika and Ana, children sponsored through CFCA in El Salvador.

You’ve probably heard the English idiom, “Every Tom, Dick and Harry,” to refer to the general population.

For many parts of the world, that wouldn’t make sense because those three names are relatively unusual.

In Madagascar, for example, the idiom might read more like, “Every Haja, Mamy and Andriniaina!”

Here are some common boy and girl names from some countries and regions where CFCA works:

El Salvador, Colombia and other Latin American countries

Names such as Juan, Jose, Ana and Maria abound in Latin American countries. Some common sources of inspiration come from close relatives, famous people, Biblical names and popular foreign names.

“Many years ago you could choose a foreign name without a problem, but nowadays you have to prove the meaning and the origin when you go to get the baby’s birth certificate in the city hall,” said Naresli Calito, a CFCA staffer in El Salvador. Read more

Feb 27 2013

Elderly woman finds hope in sponsorship

InesInes, a sponsored aging friend in El Salvador, has experienced much loss in her life.

Through CFCA’s Hope for a Family program, Ines and all sponsored aging friends can renew their sense of hope and well-being.

CFCA provides benefits such as food, health care and clothing for older adults, but one of the most important benefits we provide is friendship.

For some sponsored aging friends, CFCA gatherings and events are their only time for social interaction.

Ines tells her story in this beautiful video.

Feb 22 2013

Wisdom of the Ages: Jose, 78, from El Salvador

Jose, CFCA sponsored aging friend in El SalvadorAfter working as a day laborer planting corn, Jose had to leave his work behind because of health issues. He and his wife, Socorro, live with relatives and receive benefits through CFCA sponsorship to help them through their golden years.

How long have you been married?

My wife and I have been together for 45 years. It is amazing all the time we’ve been together.

What do you enjoy doing?

One thing I like is the [CFCA] excursions. This helps me to relax. Going out with CFCA is nice because we have everything covered. It helps me disguise the everyday burdens of life.

When did you join the CFCA Hope for a Family sponsorship program?

I became sponsored about 10 years ago. Our home is not easy to access. We live in a small village, so I am deeply thankful that CFCA enters the most remote areas; otherwise I would not have been sponsored.

If you could tell your sponsor one thing, what would it be?

I would like to tell my sponsors how much I pray for them to be well and happy. I am grateful for everything they do for me, and I am in deep gratitude for their love and respect.

What do you like about being sponsored?

I like the clothing, excursions, but most of all the food provisions. Everything is very expensive, so the benefits I get are good for me and my wife.

Do you have any advice to share?

In the world we live in, we must kneel down to praise our Lord and give thanks for everything we receive. Especially the gift of patience; this value is the one that holds me ó patience to wait for better things to come.

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

Dec 21 2012

Happy Holidays from CFCA!

CFCA sponsored child

Natali, a CFCA sponsored child in El Salvador.

Happy Holidays, blog readers!

Tuesday, we celebrate Christmas in the United States and at CFCA headquarters in Kansas City. Our office will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

In this season when we celebrate the birth of Jesus more than 2,000 years ago, let us pray for the children of our world.

As Jesus grew from the complete dependency of infancy to embrace his mission as the Christ, may all those we serve be protected and nurtured and loved unto their full potential.

From all of us at CFCA, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!