Tag: inspiration

Special olympian
Jan 31 2014

Going for gold


We know everyone is excited for the winter Olympics to start in just a few weeks, so we wanted to share the story of one of our own athletes.

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Jan 29 2014

Filipino scholar gives heartfelt thanks

The Unbound project in Legazpi, Philippines, recently sent us success stories from young adults who were sponsored through Unbound. Here’s one from Girlie, who just graduated with a degree in business management/information technology after many challenges along the way. Congratulations, Girlie!

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Unbound scholar
Oct 23 2013

A humble leader motivated me

Colombian sponsored youth


Alfredo, 19, serves as an inspiration to fellow students in Colombia.

Alfredo, 19, is a sponsored youth served by our Cartagena, Colombia, office. He helped with an Awareness Trip earlier this year and met with several sponsors and Bob Hentzen. Alfredo tutors 9th graders in his community, and was inspired even more by his meeting with Bob to continue helping.
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Oct 17 2013

Bob Hentzen’s life celebrated in Philippines

Bob Hentzen’s life celebrated in Philippines
By Loretta Shea Kline, CFCA communications editor QUEZON CITY, Philippines — About 1,000 families and staff members from three Philippine projects filled Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Quezon City in an outpouring of love for Bob Hentzen, CFCA…


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Unbound Awareness Trips
Oct 15 2013

Sharing from the heart: A journey of sponsorship

After returning from an awareness trip to Honduras in May, CFCA sponsor Christine Burghoff wanted to do more for children living in poverty.

Through personal connections and sharing her story, she helped find sponsors for children and aging friends in need.

One such sponsor was Dwight Canning.

Because Christine reached out to Dwight, two more children have hope for a better future.

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Unbound mothers
May 6 2013

Mother of a sponsored child sews a successful future

Before her daughter joined CFCA, Shaheen knew how to sew, but did not have the equipment to do so. Through CFCA mothers groups, Shaheen gained confidence, friendship and a new sewing machine, which is helping to support her family.


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Apr 19 2013

Resolving to be people of peace in today’s world

Larry Livingston

Sometimes we can’t avoid being confronted with the fragility of human life. How should we respond to acts of horror such as the recent attack at the Boston Marathon? Larry Livingston, CFCA church relations director, reflects on this and other events to conclude that even in our frailty and vulnerability, the best of humanity can shine forth.


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Apr 18 2013

‘Moving on up,’ part 2: Colombian mother sends update about first home

Celina

After a lot of hard work to reach her dream, Celina invites you to see her new home!

We recently met Celina, mother of two sponsored children in the Hope for a Family sponsorship program in Colombia. Through CFCA, Celina was able to purchase the required materials she needed to start her own homemade empanada business and make the dream of owning her first home a reality.

Harry Garcia, our communications liaison in Colombia, visited Celina in her new home and sent us an update of what she’s doing now and how the Hope for a Family program is still making a difference in her and her family’s life.
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Apr 17 2013

CFCA scholar: ‘Poverty is not a hindrance to success’

Grace, a CFCA sponsored child and scholar in the Philippines, overcame extreme poverty and the loss of a parent at a young age. Read Grace’s story, in her own words, as she helps us remember that hard work and dedication will get you everywhere.


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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