Sponsored youth James plays drums in a festival parade.
Colorful costumes are a big part of the Ati-Atihan Festival.
By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor, Unbound
One of the beautiful aspects of the relationships built through sponsoring a child or elderly friend is learning about the vibrancy and richness of other cultures.
Sponsored friends often write to their sponsors about celebrating cultural events or holidays in their countries.
One such event recently took place in the Philippines. The Ati-Atihan Festival features parades known for their lively tribal dances, colorful indigenous costumes and sounds of drums and lyres (small harp-like instruments).
Sisters Lilian and Maria bake cookies with their father, Jose, to earn income.
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Want to experience a taste of India? Try this egg curry recipe from Jecintha and Prakash, two mothers of CFCA sponsored children. The two sisters took out a loan through their mothers group to open their own food stand where they sell this delicious dish!
Rekha in front of a gift shop run by CFCA mothers.
The beautiful Taj Mahal of India.
Standing outside a small gift shop run by CFCA mothers, with her hands folded and a slight smile brightening her soulful brown eyes, Rekha is the picture of grace as she talks about her life in Agra, India’s world-famous city that is home to the Taj Mahal.
Rekha is bringing up her two children on her own; her husband doesn’t live with the family. Her 14-year-old son, Dushyant, is sponsored through CFCA.
Want to experience a taste of India? Try this chicken curry recipe from Prakash and Jecintha, two mothers of CFCA sponsored children. The two sisters took out a loan through their mothers group to open their own food stand where they sell this delicious dish!