Juana, 82, from the Dominican Republic, practices writing in a literacy class for sponsored elders and parents of sponsored children.
Juana, a sponsored elder through Unbound in the Dominican Republic, is part of an elderly group learning to read and write. You can’t miss her energetic smile and voice. She also catches your attention with her sparkling eyes and motherly attitude.
The Unbound office in the Dominican Republic started a tutoring class for sponsored friends who have low grades at school or struggle with homework. The office also hosts a literacy workshop for sponsored elders and parents of sponsored children who are interested in learning to read and write.
In the 22 countries where CFCA works, aging people such as Buenaventura often have no one to depend on for their well-being.
They usually receive no social security and may not be able to count on family members for support because adult children are often occupied with their own survival.
We always encourage people to sponsor a child, but we also encourage people to consider sponsoring an elderly or aging friend. The elderly often serve as mentors for young people in the community and offer support and encouragement to one another.
Sponsorship provides them with medical care, nutritious food and the opportunity to participate in recreational and educational programs.
As Buenaventura’s story demonstrates, it’s never too late to begin achieving your educational dreams!