Tag: special needs

Former sponsored member Alex in his home in Colombia.
Feb 22 2016

‘Don’t ever tell me that things are impossible’

Former sponsored member Alex in his home in Colombia.

Former sponsored member Alex in his home in Colombia.

Throughout his life, one of Alex’s biggest champions has been his grandfather Saniel. Growing up in Colombia, Alex was mostly raised by his grandfather, as his father left when he was still young and his mother works as a housemaid in a different city.

“My grandpa is the one who has always cared for me,” Alex said. “He has always been there for me. My mother works as a housemaid and we visit each other often. She comes here and I go there.”

Now 30, Alex learned a lot from Saniel. He learned how to overcome obstacles, about the importance of punctuality and encouraged Alex to take up sports. But most importantly, Saniel taught Alex not to let the fact that he was blind get in his way.

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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.

Nov 11 2010

Gift of hearing aid “changes everything” for sponsored youth

By Regina, a sponsored youth in Legazpi, Philippines

I have always been a simple and quiet girl. I usually sat right in front of my teacher during class discussions, not because I am a ìstarî pupil but because I am different.

I conversed with others believing that it was a calm, low voice I hear but in reality they are shouting at me, for me to hear and understand them. … Itís because I have a hearing problem.

At the age of 7, it was not a question of finding a solution to my hearing problem. My family, friends and teachers showed enough sympathy and support, except for those who would choose to make my day miserable rather than study lessons.



They would play and laugh with me and then publicly show to me their whispering sessions, emphasizing that it was impossible for me to hear them.

I would usually go to one corner, where only very few pass by, sit with my knees drawn up close to my body and my face tucked between my drawn knees and chest, and cry my heart out at the cruelty of others.

I would usually give myself a minute or two to compose myself, a big pat on the back to boost my depleted morale and then go back to my assigned seat in class and forget as best as I could what had just happened.

In high school, I remained the ìdifferent one.î People conversed with me like normal but sometimes, I saw their silent laughs and pitying looks when they turned their backs from me. Well, I was used to it. It was like an ordinary thing for me.

I was in high school when I became a CFCA beneficiary. My sponsors are Mr. Rich and Sarah Deien. From the start this generous couple had never failed to support me. I have received so many beneficial things that I will be forever thankful.

They wrote letters to me and I wrote back. With this, they donít have to shout for me to hear. I easily understood what they wanted to tell me. It felt so normal.

Until I graduated from high school,
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