Eustaquia stands arm in arm with her husband, Felipe, outside their home. After his accident, she became the family’s main provider.
Eustaquia puts items that can be recycled into her cart.
People committed to recycling recognize beauty and worth in what others discard. Some also recognize a way to generate income. Eustaquia is an elder who recycles to earn a living. Now 76, she lives in Mexico with her husband, Felipe, whom she describes as her “wonderful companion.” Together, they raised seven children, now all grown and married.
Felipe was seriously injured in an accidental shooting 14 years ago, after which he suffered debilitating memory loss and was unable to work. As a result, Eustaquia needed to find a way to earn an income and began recycling.
Carmen, a former CFCA scholar in Guatemala.
Carmen, a former CFCA scholar in Guatemala, recalls the struggles she overcame to achieve her dream of graduating from high school. She started her own business while in school to provide extra income for her family.
Just a few of the awesome ways that sponsored children, aging friends and their families are serving as agents of change in their local communities!
1) Recycling efforts in southern Guatemala
A CFCA community of approximately 1,800 sponsored friends has had great success with a recent recycling initiative.
In just two months they were able to raise $1,100 from picking up and recycling plastic bottles!
Omar Tojin, a CFCA staff worker in this community, said that 90 percent of all the sponsored friends in the program are participating.
The money raised from the recycling initiative goes to buy wheelchairs for sponsored children and elderly who have special needs.
2) Eco-stoves in Suyapa, Honduras
By the end of August, 195 families in Suyapa, Honduras, can breathe easy, thanks to 195 brand new eco-stoves being built by CFCAís Suyapa project.
What’s an eco-stove, you might ask? Great question! Read more