By Henry Flores, director of the Unbound Communications Center in El Salvador
A friend sent me a message on Facebook, which read, “Congratulations for what you do for those most in need.”
This made me ask myself, “What do I do for the poor and what is it that they do for me?”
By Veronica Batton, writer/editor for Unbound
Maria, former sponsored child through Unbound.
Lake Atitlan and the San Pedro Volcano in Guatemala.
Happy World Water Day! We celebrate this day each year on March 22, as a way to highlight the importance of freshwater and maintaining freshwater resources. The theme for World Water Day 2014 is on “Water and Energy.”
When you consider that 60 percent of the adult human body is made of it, and about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by it, water becomes a pretty important resource for us to care for in the right way. Read more
From left: Julio, Flavia, Gabriella, Silvia, Bill and Elvia.
Bill Sheridan has been a sponsor for 18 years. He has enjoyed his many years as a sponsor and shared with us this reflection from his most recent Awareness Trip to Guatemala. Read more
Basking in the glory.
A close-up view of Juan’s Olympic and other medals.
Juan, middle, with his parents, Jose and Concepcion.
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.
Girlie, a former sponsored student from the Philippines.
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!
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.