Oct 13 2011

Travel time increases when you have fewer resources

Juana, mother of CFCA sponsored child in Guatemala

Juana, left, a mother of a CFCA sponsored child, takes her laundry for a long journey home. See a slideshow of washing laundry by hand in Guatemala.

Have you ever thought about how long it would take to travel places without a car?

Here are some examples of travel ñ and the time it takes ñ in many developing countries where CFCA works:

  • Some sponsored children in El Salvador walk 45 minutes to get to school.
  • Joachim, a CFCA staff member in Bhagalpur, India, recounts his journey to visit the farthest communities where CFCA works. The farthest community is around 164 miles (264 kilometers) away, and the time to reach it is six hours.
  • Walk2gether, the nearly 8,000-mile CFCA solidarity walk through 12 Latin American countries, took 17 months and 10 days to complete.
  • Letters to sponsored friends often take weeks to arrive. This slideshow explains the laborious travel time and process in the journey of a letter.

We’d love to hear from you! How would your life change if you had limited transportation options? What would you use to get to the grocery store, schools, work, home, social gatherings, etc.?

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  1. The link about the journey of a letter is extremely helpful! Can you outline that SAME information when an individual sponsors a child? I knew it could take quite a few weeks, but according to that, if the timing is just a day or two off of the weekly post office pick up or the monthly site meeting, then it could easily take a couple of months. I feel horrible now because I thought I left enough time for birthday cards to arrive in time but now I see they may not. :-( Thanks for the information, just please make it more available/visual upfront or maybe send it out in an email reminder 3 or 4 months before your sponsor child(ren)’s birthday.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Stephanie! We do our best to explain the extended timeline of letter-writing to sponsors, and so far this ìjourney of a letterî slideshow has been especially helpful in reinforcing this.

      If youíve managed your sponsorship account online (http://www.cfcausa.org/login), you may have noticed that we have a birthday reminder 60 days before your sponsored friendís birthday. Usually thatís more than enough time to send your birthday card, especially now that we have the option of eLetters.

      Hope this helps! Thanks again for your support.

      ~Shanxi Omoniyi, CFCA web editor and writer

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