Tag: Guatemala

Flocking flamingos
Nov 14 2014

Building homes with the help of pink flamingos

Flocking flamingos

A lawn visited by the Woodmont youth group’s “flocking flamingos.”

You wake up one morning, and as you’re going about your normal routine you glance out at your front lawn. But it looks a bit different than usual. Somehow, a flock of plastic flamingos has made its way to your lawn.

Over the last few months, members of the Woodmont Christian Church in Tennessee have experienced “flockings” courtesy of their youth group. It’s not a prank but one of the fundraising strategies the youth group developed for their “Guats Up” initiative.

Their goal? To build a house in Guatemala for a family that needs one.

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Reforestation project
Apr 26 2013

Seeds for the future: CFCA-Guatemala develops reforestation project

Reforestation seedbed in CFCA-Guatemala

Mothers in Guatemala tend to tree seedlings in a reforestation project they created to help restore their local environment.

Today is Arbor Day! In one area of Guatemala, one community started a new initiative to grow two trees for each sponsored child.

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Apr 15 2013

CFCA caption contest: Fun times with Bob in Guatemala

CFCA Awareness trip to Guatemala

What do you get when you cross an interesting photo with the CFCA blog? A CFCA caption contest of course! Send us your best caption for this pic to win a CFCA coffee mug.

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Apr 8 2013

A place to call home

By Amanda Burian, CFCA communications project manager

CFCA sponsored friends and family members in Guatemala.

From left: Rigoberto, Natali, Darvin, Dayana, Audelina and Rebeca in front of their new home. Natali and Dayana are sponsored by Ken and Linda Vilag.

Not long ago, owning a home that was safe and comfortable seemed like an unattainable dream for Rigoberto and Audelina, the parents of four young children in Guatemala.

“[Owning a home] might have been in my dreams, but it was never considered a reality,” Rigoberto said.

In February, the family received the keys to their very own home. Their dreams were made possible through the support of Ken and Linda Vilag, who sponsor two of their girls: Helen, who goes by her middle name, Dayana; and Natali.

Audelina and her children in their old one-room home.

Audelina and her children in their former one-room home.

Before receiving support through sponsorship, the family faced many hardships and daily life was a struggle.

They lived on the property of Audelina’s brother and didn’t have much to call their own.

“We only had one room built with tin sheets,” Rigoberto said. “We were all piled up in that room. There was no space for our things, and it was chaotic at times. Read more

Apr 3 2013

Helping families achieve self-sufficiency, part 3: Guatemala

CFCA sponsored friend

Floridalma and her daughters, Bridia (left), sponsored through CFCA, and Lilian (right).

By Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent

CFCA is not a one-size-fits-all organization. We rely on our field staffs to know the families in each community, to listen to their needs and hopes, and to provide a program that empowers them to build a path out of poverty.

In the final post in this three-part blog series, we give you a window into several CFCA communities, to gauge the success of the Hope for a Family sponsorship program.

It takes 20 minutes on the back of a motorcycle, up steep and narrow dirt roads, to get to Floridalma’s home.

She lives in Chuixilon, a small Guatemalan village, where rolling fields of strawberries are sheltered by the peaks of nearby mountains. It is beautiful and remote. The air smells like strawberries mixed with fresh pine, and only the moon and the stars light the streets at night. Read more

Mar 27 2013

Colorful celebrations mark Holy Week in Guatemala

In the Latin American projects we serve, Holy Week is a time for family, reflection, cultural traditions and ceremonies remembering the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Luis Cocon, CFCA communications liaison for Guatemala, sends us pictures and an account of Holy Week as it’s happening right now in Guatemala.

Please note: Our Kansas City office will be closed March 28 and 29 for Holy Thursday and Good Friday.

A mystical feeling is in the air as Holy Week processions begin in the Guatemalan city of Antigua, set against a backdrop of colonial architecture, cobblestone streets and volcanoes.

Holy Week parades in Antigua, Guatemala

Decorations and elaborate handicrafts adorn wooden platforms on which religious images are carried.

Holy Week procession symbols in Guatemala
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Mar 14 2013

How to make Guatemalan tortillas (recipe)

Guatemalan tortillas

Homemade Guatemalan tortillas … mmm!

Unbound, formerly CFCA, serves more than 83,000 sponsored children and elderly in Guatemala. A great way to feel connected to the people of Guatemala is to make food from the region.

Elizabeth, mother of an Unbound sponsored youth in Guatemala, Florita, shows how to make these delicious corn tortillas from scratch! Read more

Mar 7 2013

Recycling plastic bottles to make furniture in Guatemala

At first glance, this may look like an ordinary loveseat in a Unbound office in Guatemala:

recycled sofa

But as is so often the case in Unbound, great stories abound where you least expect them. Peel back the cover and you get this:

recycled sofa

That’s right, a loveseat made from recycled plastic bottles ó a true labor of love from Unbound scholars in Guatemala!

We’ve blogged before about how CFCA scholars perform community service as part of their scholarship requirements. Unbound scholars in Guatemala perform 30 to 40 hours of community service each month.

One enterprising group of students decided to make these eco-friendly furniture pieces as their community service contribution:

recycled furniture

“The scholars who made this furniture show us that recycling can be a lot more interesting than stuffing paper, cans, cardboard and bottles into the proper containers,” said Luis Cocon, Unbound communications liaison for Guatemala.

“A couch made from recycled plastic bottles may not be something we are used to, but I was pleasantly surprised with the comfort I experienced while taking a seat in one of them.”

What are some ways in which you find new ways to renovate used or recyclable items?

Feb 18 2013

How to make Guatemalan coconut bread (recipe)

Coconut bread

Coconut bread from Guatemala Ö mmm!

CFCA serves approximately 84,000 sponsored children and elderly in Guatemala. Here is a recipe from Isabel, mother of a sponsored child in Guatemala, who makes and sells coconut bread to help her family’s income. This recipe makes approximately 20 pieces of bread. Get the full recipe

Feb 15 2013

A day in the life: Preparing spring onions in Guatemala

By Judy-Anne Goldman, CFCA multimedia manager/producer

Juana, the mother of two CFCA sponsored children, cleans scallions, also known as spring onions, for 8 hours a day, three days a week in a small town in Guatemala.

Preparing spring onions with CFCA in Guatemala

Does she get tired of onions after all that time? “No!” Juana said. Her appreciation only grows. “Our onions are good. People in other towns and countries come to buy them. You should try them grilled,” she suggested. “It will make your mouth water!”

Women in Guatemala prepare spring onions

From left: Lucia, Zoila, Ramos and Juana start their work day at 8 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m., peeling spring onions that are a delicious part of local meals. Lucia and Juana are mothers of CFCA sponsored children, Zoila is sponsored through CFCA, and Ramos is a former sponsored child. Read more