Oct 15 2012

Blog Action Day: Working together for positive change

CFCA has joined Blog Action Day, which asks bloggers to post about the same issue on the same day. This year, the topic is “The Power of We.”
Judy-Anne GoldmanBy Judy-Anne Goldman, CFCA multimedia manager/producer

The Blog Action Day website explains that, “The Power of We is a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world, either for their own communities or for people they will never meet halfway around the world.”

What a natural fit for CFCA!

CFCA lives “The Power of We” in the work we do all over the world.

Our recently released documentary, “Rise and Dream,” is exactly that kind of celebration. You can see that in the trailer (below). The film tells the story of a community of families working hard to break the cycle of poverty in an area impacted by violent conflict.

“Rise and Dream” shares that message of strength, resilience, determination and love, as 13 teenagers volunteer to learn the traditional music of their culture and perform in front of 10,000 people from communities served by CFCA.

This story shows that change happens and the “Power of We” is strongest, not just when you work together, but when you dream together.

It’s the same message CFCA has been hearing around the world for more than 30 years. And not only are we inspired by the sponsored friends and their families, but we can also learn so much from them.

Lessons from “Rise and Dream”

  • The dedication of children. We asked each teen to tell us his or her dream. They shared that their goal was to help their family have a better life. Many parents in the U.S. who have seen the film have told us that they want their children to better appreciate what they have and understand another level of what it means to be a family.
  • Joy within impoverished conditions. One striking aspect of the film is an abundant spirit of joy. In some scenes, smiles, joking and laughter fill the screen, reinforcing the understanding that poverty is a condition; it doesn’t define who we are.
  • How to clear a field, build a stage by hand and put on a huge concert without electricity on the edge of a jungle. We’ll leave you with that lesson to learn when you see the film.

From our website, you can order a DVD and sign up for our monthly eNews to find out where future screenings will be held in your area.

Our dream is that 1 million people see “Rise and Dream,” come together in the interest of doing good in the world and dream together.

Together we are “The Power of We.”

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