Oct 11 2012

Trip to Africa: ‘Celebrate the unity of our CFCA family’

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“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.

Visit to CFCA-Kenya

Since our humble beginnings in 1989, our Hope for a Family program in Kenya has grown to include 19,029 children and youth, as well as 1,167 aging individuals. In addition, 4,241 families have applied to join our Hope for a Family program.

In a very diverse atmosphere of 42 ethnic groups, CFCA works to become a unifying force.

Introducing Lillian

Lillian manages the mothers groups so lovingly that she refers to the mothers as family members.

“One of the unique features of the CFCA program in Kenya is their goal of going beyond the delivery of benefits and working with mothers of sponsored children to be economically self-sufficient,” Lillian said.

Staff members in Nairobi tell us that mothers groups can lead to economic self-sufficiency.

“We want to keep on getting better, and help bring the groups to maturity. Mothers can accomplish these goals,” Lillian said.

The home visits fill us with excitement about our CFCA programs and the potential of our sponsored friends and their families.

Visit to CFCA-Madagascar

In Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, we were kindly met by Liva Rajaonarisina, Antsirabe project coordinator, and Aina Rantoharimamy, Antsirabe project accountant.

It was a three-hour drive, mainly up, from Antananarivo to Antsirabe. The driver wasted no time on the very curvy roads. I was happy when I discovered the seat belt underneath the seat covers.

Many sponsored children and their families live in very small quarters in Madagascar. One single mother and her two children live in a single-room home they rent.

Their home has only one entrance and exit, which is a small window. The windowsill doubles as a platform for cooking with charcoal.

Visit to CFCA-Uganda

Currently we have 3,742 sponsored children, 144 aging friends and one vocation student in Uganda.

The testimonies of the CFCA scholarship students in Africa have been very inspiring and compelling.

In Uganda we are proud of our 80 university graduates. Among them are nurses, social workers and one doctor.

We are all one family based on God’s love.

Final note

Thank you for being with us on this trip to Kenya, Madagascar and Uganda. I ask you to pray for these dear people.

Please know of our love and thanks.

Bob Hentzen
CFCA Uganda
Sept. 30, 2012

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