Tag: polio

Nov 10 2011

Sponsorship gives dignity to those with special needs

Doris, CFCA sponsored child in Peru, and family

Doris, CFCA sponsored child in Peru, and her family.

Henry Perez, CFCA project coordinator in Lima, Peru, sent us this short update about Doris and her family and how they are being empowered through sponsorship benefits.

Doris was sponsored through CFCA when she was 4. She is 12 now and in first year at junior high at Virgin del Rosario School, in Manchay, Peru.

She is so thankful to CFCA for giving her the opportunity to continue with her studies.

Her mother belongs to a CFCA mothers group, which meets twice a month.

Her father’s name is Dionisio, and he suffered from polio when he was young. The disease left him partially paralyzed in the legs and left arm.

In spite of this disability, he works as a tailor. He works at home and supports his family.

He sews in a small machine that has a small engine; he uses his right hand because he canít use his legs. His neighbors say he is a good tailor.

Doris’ mother sells small jellies and tamales in the streets. In this way, she helps contribute to the family’s income.

Both of Doris’ parents are responsible for helping sponsored children and their families write letters to sponsors in the mothers group.

They are grateful to CFCA for supporting their daughter’s education and are happy to participate in the mothers group.

Sponsored friends and their families are our priority. They own the sponsorship program.

Therefore, they must decide on how sponsorship benefits are distributed and their involvement in the CFCA project, both in its planning and its implementation and evaluation.

In this sense, families are empowered and with CFCA’s help and facilitation, they become protagonists in managing the sponsorship program.

The Lima project, along with all the CFCA projects, understands that dignity is the fundamental value of families. Being treated with dignity is having the freedom to decide about their futures, their families and their communities.