Tag: geography awareness week

Taj Mahal
Nov 22 2013

India: Securing the next generation’s future

India

Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”

Today we take a closer look at India, one of the countries in Asia where we work.


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Geography Awareness Week
Nov 21 2013

Madagascar: Changing lives through community

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Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”

Today we take a closer look at Madagascar, one of the countries in Africa where we work.


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Unbound mother
Nov 20 2013

Peru: ‘Empire of hidden treasures’

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Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”

Today on CFCA’s 32-year anniversary, we take a closer look at our work in the South American country, Peru.


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Geography Awareness Week
Nov 19 2013

Honduras: Taking steps toward a better future

Honduras Geography Awareness Week

Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”

Today we take a closer look at Honduras and the work we do in Central America.


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Geography Awareness Week
Nov 18 2013

Dominican Republic: Beauty in diversity

Dominican Republic

Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”

We start with our work in the Dominican Republic.


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Nov 16 2012

Philippines: Natural wonders, challenges abound

Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme is “Geography: Declare Your Interdependence.”

QUESTION: Approximately 8,600 CFCA sponsored friends live near this active volcano in the Bicol region of the Philippines. What is the name of this beautiful, symmetrical mountain?

ANSWER: Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano in the Philippines

Mayon Volcano in the Philippines.

The Mayon Volcano is the most active volcano in the Philippines.

It is located about 8 miles from Legazpi City. This distinctive landmark is the symbol of the province and region. It is surrounded by verdant rice paddies and fields.

Rey, CFCA sponsored child in the PhilippinesRey, 12, and his family have a clear view of Mayon from their home. Rey, who has been sponsored through CFCAís Hope for a Family program since he was 8 years old, rides a bike to school each day and dreams of becoming a doctor.

CFCA’s Hope for a Family sponsorship program serves more than 43,000 children, youth and aging members through five project locations in the Philippines, which are Antipolo, Legazpi, Manila, Quezon City and Zamboanga.

Families in the sponsorship program face challenges such as natural disasters and high unemployment. Flooding, landslides and tsunamis triggered by typhoons are common, as are earthquakes and active volcanoes like Mayon.

Through sponsorship, families receive access to education, nutrition assistance, dental and health care, and more.

Watch Rey share his story in the video below:

Learn more about Geography Awareness Week here.

Nov 15 2012

Mexico: Creating positive change

Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme is “Geography: Declare Your Interdependence.”

Mexico mapA country that shares a border with the United States, Mexico often has a cost of living similar to the U.S. but with fewer income opportunities.

This presents challenges for families living in poverty. The National Council on Evaluation of Social Development Policy estimates that 46.2 percent of Mexico’s total population (52 million) lives in poverty.

Families, however, are working to overcome these challenges through our projects in Cuernavaca, Guadalupe and Merida.

Violence is a part of everyday life for many families in the Guadalupe and Cuernavaca projects. In a few communities, this violence has driven some families from their homes and changed the way we interact with families when our staff cannot visit neighborhoods.

Families meet with staff in other, safer locations. Our Hope for a Family program conducts activities for families that reinforce healthy values and teach conflict resolution.

Our work also supports parents in their efforts to educate their children. Hope for a Family sponsorship in Mexico helps offset the cost of supplies, fees and uniforms. Read more

Nov 14 2012

Chile: A beacon of hope

map of ChileJoin us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme is “Geography: Declare Your Interdependence.”

CFCA has worked in Chile since 1982, and currently works with almost 5,000 sponsored friends and their families.

Chile’s unusual proportions ó 2,700 miles long and 109 miles wide ó makes it the longest country in the world in terms of length-to-width ratio.

It is one of the most prosperous countries in South America, but extreme poverty still exists.

CFCAís project in Valparaiso works closely with families, empowering mothers, preserving the dignity of the aging and opening the doors of education for children and youth.

The Valparaiso project hosts a training program for mothers of sponsored children, teaching them income-generating skills to help them increase their household income and save money. Read more

Nov 13 2012

Uganda: ‘Pearl of Africa’

Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme is “Geography: Declare Your Interdependence.”

Did you know that Winston Churchill once called Uganda the “Pearl of Africa?”

Uganda mapCFCA began working in this East African country, with an area slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, in 1993. Today Uganda’s population is estimated at more than 30 million people.

Our Hope for a Family sponsorship program is based in the capital city of Kampala, with outreach to families in Masaka, Busunju and Ssekanyonyi.

About 15 percent of the under-18 population in Uganda, or 2.7 million children, are orphans, according to a UNICEF report.

Most of these children were orphaned because of AIDS, the report explains, but deaths caused by armed conflict and war have added to the problem. Read more

Nov 12 2012

Costa Rica: Looking beyond rose-colored glasses

Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme is “Geography: Declare Your Interdependence.”

Many of us think of a tropical paradise when we hear any reference to Costa Rica.

Costa Rica mapTruth be told, it is a country of economic contrasts: posh shopping malls and crowded slums, luxury hotels and thatch-roofed villages.

Tourism and development help some, but leave others struggling to overcome the challenges of poverty.

CFCA serves more than 6,700 children and youth through the San Jose project in Costa Rica. CFCA mothers groups there started with 15 moms. Today, 2,700 mothers of CFCA sponsored children in Costa Rica belong to mothers groups.

Many families in Costa Rica face a harsh reality. They live in slums and near river basins or dangerous areas threatened by landslides.

In these rough areas, hope can seem like itís just out of armís reach. But the CFCA mothers groups can give families a much-needed boost. Read more