Fred and his great-aunt, Anna, from Uganda.
“I knew without proper education, his life would turn out bleak,” Anna said of her grandnephew. “I had to do everything within my reach to help him go to school and learn.”
The 72-year-old Ugandan woman took over the care of Fred when he was just 8 months old after the untimely death of his parents. Fred’s mother was Anna’s niece, whom Anna also cared for. Growing up, Fred has always just referred to Anna as his grandmother.
Anna found herself in a position to help her extended family after the end of her 29-year marriage. Anna’s husband, a polygamist, banished her from his home because Anna did not bear him children. She moved in with her ailing brother who soon died, leaving his children and grandchildren, Fred among them, in her care.
This latrine in Uganda afforded no privacy and is no longer usable.
By Elizabeth Alex, community outreach and media relations director for Unbound
The United Nations has designated Wednesday, Nov. 19, as a day to talk about toilets.
At first glance it may seem an odd topic to dwell on for a day. Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about toilets.
Unless you happen to be one of the people without access to one.
According to the United Nations, almost 2,000 children die every day from preventable diarrheal diseases.
Teddy Naluwu, Kampala project coordinator in Uganda and former CFCA sponsored child.
I hope to transform others’ lives through my work with CFCA.
My name is Teddy Naluwu, and I am 31 years old. I have been a part of the CFCA family for more than 20 years, first as a sponsored child and later as an employee.
I have been working for CFCA for the past seven years, and I currently serve as Kampala project coordinator for Uganda, Africa.
Personally, I am a true believer of change. I have seen myself transform from a humble “country girl” to project coordinator of a sizeable project.
Because of CFCA sponsorship and the education I received, I am able to help break through the lines of poverty within my family.
The CFCA-Kampala project believes that we can make the world a better place through our collective efforts.
Engaging with the families in CFCA project activities is an important aspect of my work that shapes my attitude and performance, and boosts my self-worth. Read more
Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme is “Geography: Declare Your Interdependence.”
Did you know that Winston Churchill once called Uganda the “Pearl of Africa?”
CFCA began working in this East African country, with an area slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, in 1993. Today Uganda’s population is estimated at more than 30 million people.
Our Hope for a Family sponsorship program is based in the capital city of Kampala, with outreach to families in Masaka, Busunju and Ssekanyonyi.
About 15 percent of the under-18 population in Uganda, or 2.7 million children, are orphans, according to a UNICEF report.
Most of these children were orphaned because of AIDS, the report explains, but deaths caused by armed conflict and war have added to the problem. Read more
“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies mission awareness trip participants. You can see Bobís full update on his Facebook page.
Photo credits for Kenya and Uganda go to Regina Muburu, CFCA communications liaison for Africa. Photo credits for Madagascar go to Paul Pearce, CFCA director of global strategy.
It’s always a joy to be in touch with you, this time from Africa. Together with Paul Pearce, CFCA director of global strategy, and Karen Allemang, CFCA trips and international volunteer manager.
I had the privilege of accompanying a wonderful group of CFCA sponsors on this September 2012 journey to Kenya and Uganda.
Paul and I also visited the CFCA project in Antsirabe, Madagascar. Read more
Rosemary is from Uganda and was orphaned at age 6.
After her parents passed away, she went to live with her uncle and his seven children.
“Coming from a humble background, my parents meant everything to me,” Rosemary said. “After their death, it meant an end to everything, the good dresses and meals on Christmas, etc. The death of both my parents left me in shambles and my whole life was engulfed in misery.”
With the high cost of attending school, Rosemary had no hope that she would ever receive an education.
But when CFCA welcomed Rosemary into the program, her life completely changed.
Read the full story about Rosemary in Uganda.
By Cheri Duchrow, CFCA sponsor
What do you think when you hear The Ark of the Covenant?
Do you imagine its contents and the presence of the Lord leading His people, giving them strength to accomplish what seemed impossible? The joy and celebration when David was bringing the Ark home?
In 2 Samuel 6:14-15 (NLT) we read, “And David danced before the LORD with all his might, wearing a priestly tunic. So David and all Israel brought up the Ark of the LORD with much shouting and blowing of trumpets.”
In this day of over-extended schedules that have the power to distance us from God, where could one ever hope to glimpse the joy of David worshiping the Lord? By the grace of God, He meets us when we interact with His faithful people.
His faithful people are everywhere, but for me it happened during a visit to Uganda on a CFCA mission awareness trip.
We were greeted by a colorful, joyful group of sponsored friends and their families singing and dancing. We experienced this at each destination.
We split into small groups and were whisked away in individual vehicles to witness the ways that CFCA families partner with us to make a difference in their lives and communities. Read more
By Regina Mburu, CFCA communications liaison in Nairobi
Susan Colton hugs her sponsored child, Ritah, in Uganda.
Each mission awareness trip stands out from the rest. The recently concluded trip was no exception.
The 12-day trip around CFCA projects in Kenya and Uganda started on a high note with 18 trip participants in good spirits and excitement as they touched ground in Africa.
The orientation day set the pace for the six days that the sponsors would be in Kenya. Here they met and interacted with staff members and learned more about the Nairobi project.
A visit to the Nairobi coordinating office and the Kangemi outreach program gave them a chance to see how CFCA works.
It was exciting to see their eyes light up as they experienced a deeper understanding of the program. Read more
A glass of delicious passion fruit juice from Uganda!
CFCA serves more than 2,600 sponsored children and elderly in Uganda. This recipe comes from a group of mothers of sponsored children. The mothers grow passion fruit as part of a CFCA livelihood program. Not only does it make money to support their families, but it also gives them a way to actively engage in their community.
The number of passion fruits for the recipe depends on how much juice you want to make. One glass of juice requires three passion fruits. If you are making four glasses of juice, for example, you can use 12 passion fruits. See the full recipe
Beth, a mother of CFCA sponsored children in Kenya, started beekeeping to generate more income for her family and rely less on sponsorship benefits. This becomes even more important during unstable economic times.
Inflation is a daily reality for many of the families CFCA serves. Despite these and other economic challenges, we remain committed to helping families find long-term, sustainable solutions to poverty.
The following post has been adapted from an article written by Janet Tinsley, CFCA project director.
By now, we are all familiar with the nearly constant news about economic crises around the world:
- a stock market crash sends economic shock waves across the globe
- a civil war impedes the distribution of oil and drives up transportation costs
- severe drought conditions cut off peopleís access to adequate food supplies and means of income, etc.
All people worldwide are affected in some way by fluctuations in the global economy.
Since 2006, the worldwide purchasing power of sponsorship contributions ñ $30 a month ñ has decreased 5 percent, and in some countries where we work it has fallen more than 20 percent.
We hear from projects all the time about rising prices, inflation and economic crises in the countries where we work.
Meanwhile, we often hear from sponsors about how difficult it is for them to meet their monthly contribution in the midst of rising prices, inflation and economic crises in their own country.
What does this mean for project teams struggling to provide quality benefits and services for sponsored friends? Read our answer