Tag: photos

Unbound scholar
May 23 2013

Sponsored youth in India becomes first-generation college student

Family in India

Bernard, third from left, with his family in front of their home. Bernard is a first-generation college student among his family and those in his village.

Being a first-generation college student within your family is definitely worthy of applause. But being a first-generation college student in your family and your entire village deserves a standing ovation.

Read Bernard’s story of success

Sponsor a youth
May 14 2013

Kenyan youth race to glory

CFCA athletic day in Kenya

CFCA Athletics Day in Kenya encourages youth to explore their talents in sports.

What happens when you mix healthy young people, a warm day in Kenya and an empty track? If you said a CFCA Kenya Athletics Day, then you would be correct!

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Elizabeth Alex and her mom
May 13 2013

A mother’s gift

Elizabeth Alex, right, with her mother.

Elizabeth Alex, right, with her mother.

How did you learn about sponsorship? CFCA staff member Elizabeth Alex shares how she first learned about Claudia, her mother’s sponsored child.


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Unbound mothers
May 10 2013

Top 10 stories about mothers in the Hope for a Family program

Mothers of sponsored children in Nicaragua

And now, for your enjoyment, our top 10 stories about mothers! In no particular order.


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Unbound volunteers
Apr 23 2013

CFCA honors volunteers for National Volunteer Week

CFCA celebrates National Volunteer Week by highlighting some interesting new ways to spread the word about CFCA. Whether it’s at a cocktail party or climbing one of the world’s greatest mountains, you can share CFCA just about anywhere!


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Sep 4 2012

Taking photos of sponsored children in India

Each year we take a new photo of every child and aging friend sponsored through CFCA ñ more than 300,000 photos. This helps sponsors stay in touch with their friend and keeps our records updated.

Our Bhagalpur project in India serves about 7,400 sponsored children and elderly, many of them living in remote villages. Joachim Hansdak, a CFCA staffer there, recently traveled to take more than 3,000 pictures of sponsored friends. Let’s follow him on his journey!

Joachim, CFCA staff worker in Bhagalpur, India

Joachim, CFCA staff worker in Bhagalpur, India.

A month before he travels, Joachim prepares a trip schedule in collaboration with the CFCA project coordinator.

His schedule ranges from 15 days to one month, traveling from one CFCA community to another without coming back to Bhagalpur to save time.

After the trip schedule is finalized, CFCA social workers plan to conduct photo sessions in their respective areas.

(Usually social workers communicate CFCA activities such as the annual photo sessions and letter-writing camps to mothers of sponsored children in their monthly support group meetings.) Read more

Apr 6 2009

Writing topics

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. I donít know what to write to my friend. Could you offer any suggestions?

A. We are happy that you will be writing to your friend. Children, youth and aging friends eagerly anticipate receiving letters and photos from their sponsors. For both you and your friend, writing letters and sharing photos is the best way to build a strong relationship. But we know that itís sometimes difficult to get that first letter started.

Here are some topic suggestions:
Your story ñ age, children, family
Holiday traditions special to your family
Your favorite color, food, memory, sports/games
Interests, profession or hobbies
Weather where you live
The landscape in your geographic area
Cultural activities ñ art, music, dance, theater
Why you chose your sponsored friend
Ask questions about your friendís life and dreams
Offer words of encouragement and support

If you donít have time to write a letter, postcards and pre-printed greeting cards are an easy and quick way to stay in touch with your friend.

Remember: Itís a good rule of thumb to avoid talking about material possessions, money and other topics that could serve to highlight the differences between your circumstances. Please keep these same considerations in mind when sending photographs.

For the privacy and protection of sponsors and sponsored friends, please do not share or ask your friend for personal contact information, including e-mail or home addresses and phone numbers.

Please visit the CFCA writing page for more writing tips, including up-to-date information about mailing costs and how to request more pre-printed labels.