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.
After returning from an awareness trip to Honduras in May, CFCA sponsor Christine Burghoff wanted to do more for children living in poverty.
Christine and her sponsored friend, Nancy, in Honduras.
CFCA sponsor Dwight
Dwight’s sponsored child, Oneyda.
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.
These are their stories. Read more
Shaheen works in her shop with one of her daughters.
Heena, a CFCA sponsored child, with her father and younger sister in their bangle store.
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.
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.
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.
Grace’s hometown of Legazpi, Philippines.
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.
By Amanda Burian, CFCA communications project manager
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 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
Sujatha selling fruits.
Sujatha and her husband, Joseph, (far right) sell bananas and other fruits from their puller cart.
We recently heard from our Hyderabad project in India about several mothers of sponsored children who are exemplifying the potential of families living in poverty. Here’s the story of Sujatha, enjoy!
My husband used to work as a daily laborer for a contractor. He would sell bananas on the side of the road from morning until late in the evening. The contractor would only pay $2.77 USD per day.
We were never assured of a regular income. If my husband fell ill or if the contractor didn’t have fruits to sell, we lost our income for that day.
My husband and I decided together to purchase a puller cart (a large, flat cart with handles used to sell items), so we could sell bananas on our own.
My daughter, Shoba, is sponsored through CFCA. In January, I obtained a loan through my CFCA mothers group and bought a puller cart. Luckily, a store owner allowed us to place our cart in front of his shop on the main road.
My husband goes to purchase the fruits, and I manage the stand until he returns. When he arrives with the new fruits, he continues the work and I go home to manage the household work.
The group loan helped us to purchase the puller cart and the fruits we sell. Now we are receiving a good income to support our family. We are planning to take out another loan through my mothers group, so we can purchase a second puller cart and sell a wider variety of fruits.
My dream is to own our own home and also give a better future to my two daughters.
I am also interested in helping people. I learned this charity from my daughter’s sponsors.
By Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent
Floridalma and her daughters, Bridia (left), sponsored through CFCA, and Lilian (right).
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