Letters are an everyday part of the Unbound program — they’re the bridge that connects people throughout our world. Hundreds of thousands of letters from sponsored friends pass through our Kansas City headquarters each year on their way to sponsors. With all the correspondence that passes through our office, some letters still come as a surprise.
Written by: Erica Braker, Marketing Manager The room was so quiet you could hear the taxies whizzing by outside. The audience at Mary’s Nativity Parish in New York was all ears as Bob Hentzen spoke about his sponsored friend Shaima during the Rise…
Anyone who knows CFCA President and Co-founder, Bob Hentzen, realizes he is always on the road. Bob is famous for walking throughout the developing world, taking CFCA sponsors straight to the heart of our work; the homes of the sponsored children and…
Barclay Martin joined CFCA last year as new channels marketing coordinator.
But he was a familiar face at CFCA long before joining the staff.
Barclay, a professional musician for the past 10 years, was the composer for CFCA’s documentary, “Rise and Dream,” and is seen in the film learning and helping to teach 13 teenagers about the cultural instruments of their heritage.
We sat down with him to find out more about his role and how his background in music influences his work.
Q. What is your role as new channels marketing coordinator?
A. The new channels department was created to reach new audiences as well as develop innovative and creative ways for people to fall in love with CFCA’s work and the individuals we serve.
It’s so exciting to see people take interest in CFCA’s work. Individuals working together to create sustainable, positive change motivates me a great deal.
I’ve developed a deep respect for the rich diversity of the people I’ve met through my travels.
By celebrating diversity as a global community, we become more aware of the essential elements of life that ultimately bring us closer as human beings. Read the rest of the interview
Great learning opportunities can sometimes occur right in your living room!
Christine Newpower, a sponsor from California, read about the special “Rise and Dream” movie night kit offer extended to CFCA sponsors and volunteers in one of our newsletters.
Christine, who grew up abroad and remembers her Southeast Asian roots, saw the film as an opportunity to teach her children about global poverty.
“We wanted our children to understand how blessed they are in comparison to children growing up in poverty overseas,” she said. “We also wanted to provide that extra connection, knowing that a large part of our extended family still lives there.”
Christine ordered and received a “Rise and Dream” DVD and movie night kit in July and organized a family movie night for her husband and their three children.
“After dinner, we set up our family room with sodas, popcorn, pretzels and chips,” Christine said. “We turned off the lights and drew the blinds for the full theater experience.”
In more ways than one, the film’s setting hit home for the Newpowers. The family sponsors Jasmine, a 9-year-old in the Philippines. Christine’s children have expressed interest in meeting Jasmine someday on a CFCA trip. Read more
Steve Taylor, CFCA sponsor, recently hosted a “Rise and Dream” movie night with others at his parish, St. Jerome Catholic Church, in Virginia.
There was an amazing turnout for the event, and Steve shared his reflection on the evening with us.
Thank you, Steve and St. Jerome parish, for your “Rise and Dream” movie night!
St. Jerome Catholic Church, Newport News, Va., hosted a successful showing of CFCA’s documentary film, “Rise and Dream” to a crowd of approximately 180 parishioners.
The evening’s success was the result of numerous factors centered on St. Jerome’s connection to the Philippines, including Father Henry Diesta, a large spirit-filled Filipino community, a significant number of CFCA sponsored friends in the Philippines and the “Rise and Dream” movie, which was filmed in the Philippines.
The local Filipino community, led by Medy Gameng, supported the evening through delicious Filipino dishes, a folk-dance demonstration by four parish children (video below) and a heartfelt thank you to the parish and the individual sponsors of Filipino children and aging.
CFCA sponsors Gabe Franco and Lisa Garner provided insight into their sponsored friends and the importance of their sponsoring experience. They both requested that attendees consider sponsoring a child or aging person through CFCA.
Although the movie takes place in the Philippines, it represents the 22 countries in which CFCA operates. In all these countries, the children’s needs and conditions are similar and so is their spirit and effort to succeed in school, to help themselves and their families financially.
Steve Taylor, Va.
Q: What’s more fun than a photo caption contest?
A: A photo caption contest that offers a prize for the winning caption!
CFCA’s next caption contest on the “Rise and Dream” Facebook page will end with a prize. The writer of the most “liked” caption will win a DVD of the movie!
Here’s how to enter:
1) Please visit and like the “Rise and Dream” Facebook page.
2) Add your caption for the photo (seen here) as a comment on the “Rise and Dream” Facebook post.†(You may have to like the page, if you haven’t already done so, in order to post a comment.)
- Please be kind and clean! We strive to provide a gentle page for our fans, and we may need to hide posts that may be offensive.
- You may enter as many captions as you like before Friday morning, Aug. 24.
- Please enter each caption in separate comments.
The winning caption will be the one with the most likes. In the event of a tie or extenuating circumstance, the CFCA social media team will make the final decision.
Here’s a little information about this photograph:
Children wash their bowls at water pumps after having lunch at a special Saturday morning school session in Zamboanga, Philippines. The classes were taught by CFCA scholarship students, and the lunch was a stew cooked by area mothers over an open fire.
The Global Peace Film Festival will be Sept. 18-23 in Orlando, Fla. The other two festivals will be in October 2012. We look forward to sharing the film with these new audiences.
A little context about “Rise and Dream”
The film follows the story of 13 teenagers living with the challenges of poverty in a volatile region of the Philippines. The teens volunteer to learn the music traditions of their culture for a once-in-a-lifetime concert.
The film, produced by CFCA, is intended to give viewers a new understanding of the potential that exists within people living in poverty.
We hope it will raise awareness about the heroic struggles of families trying to break the cycle of extreme poverty seen in developing countries ó where many struggle to live on just a few dollars each day.
To find out more information about where and when to purchase tickets, please visit the “Rise and Dream” website, like our Facebook page or sign up to receive the “Rise and Dream” eNewsletter, which gives exclusive insider information on the latest “Rise and Dream” news.
The event was a huge success, and we are looking forward to sharing the film with as many people as possible.
We had such a positive response to the film from our moviegoers at both the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. screenings. Here is what a few of them had to say about “Rise and Dream”:
“As someone who has an education degree and who is looking for a teaching job, it was really inspiring to see what the kids were achieving in very difficult circumstances. It was really beautiful, and I was crying as I was watching the concert.”
ó Corinne Stanley
“I wasnít quite aware of how much of an impact [the CFCA scholarship program] has, but the film shows that it doesnít take much to help.”
ó Nancy Shuert
“The film was so uplifting! The [Filipino] people are so beautiful!”
ó Beverly Wharton, CFCA sponsor
In this season of graduations and young adults entering a new chapter of their lives, we have a very special graduation story to share with you!
Xarina, one of the CFCA scholars featured in our “Rise and Dream” documentary film, graduated this May with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
“When I received my diploma, I was very happy,” Xarina said.
Xarina learned to play the kulintangan and other traditional Filipino instruments as part of her training for the concert in Zamboanga.
The “Rise and Dream” film follows the story of 13 teens living in poverty in the Philippines, who embark on a journey to discover their heritage and perform in a once-in-a-lifetime concert for their community.
We touched base briefly with Xarina in August 2010, when she answered a few of our questions for her about nursing school and the challenges she had faced there.
“As I am getting close to finishing this course, I encountered lots of challenges and greater responsibility in taking care of others is required,” she had said. “I’m still scared if I can cope with the demands of this course but, one thing I’m very sure Ö I will really become a NURSE.”
Her story, as well as the stories of 12 other teenagers, is featured in the “Rise and Dream” film.
(Note: If you live in the Kansas City area, we’d love for you to attend our screening of “Rise and Dream” at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Tickets are available here. The 7 p.m. screening has sold out of tickets!)