Jan 30 2013

CFCA staff member reflects on everyday blessings

Veronica BattonBy Veronica Batton, CFCA writer/editor

I found my old passport the other day while cleaning my kitchen. I have no idea why I chose the kitchen to store this important document, but that’s a story for another time.

When I found my passport, I realized I was coming up on my one-year anniversary of my CFCA awareness trip to India.

I still remember that trip vividly. The bright colors of pinks, blues and golds woven into the women’s saris; the lovely smell of incense; the happy smiles on the faces of CFCA friends and families; discovering delicious foods; and also witnessing the extreme poverty, which impacts much of the country.

When I came back, I promised myself that I would do my best to always be grateful for all the blessings in my life.

I remember a time over the summer when I was having a rough day; I was becoming more and more frustrated with whatever was bothering me. (I was probably mad at my flat iron.)

I made a conscious decision to stop and reflect on the things I was grateful for, and my frustration started to melt away.

Working as a writer/editor at CFCA I learn so much about the sponsored friends and their families ó I learn about their love for life, their strength and their daily realities.

The everyday necessities and comforts in life I sometimes take for granted are not easily accessible for families living in poverty. Here are some examples:

How I get water:

water faucet

How Edelmira gets water:

Edelmira carrys water home

Edelmira’s son Josue is sponsored through CFCA.

Every day, Edelmira walks two to three hours to a community tank to get water for her family.

How I get to work:

Veronica driving to work

How Joachim gets to work:

Joachim-showing-sponsored-children-village

Joachim, a CFCA social worker in India, points to a rural CFCA community in the distance. At times, he must walk nearly 5 miles (8 kilometers) to reach rural CFCA communities because there are no roads leading into these villages.

Read about Joachim’s work adventures.

How Diego gets to school:

diego, CFCA sponsored child.

Diego, 13, is sponsored through CFCA. Diego used to walk an hour and 20 minutes one way to attend school in a town outside Bogota.

Thanks to benefits through his sponsorship, Diego now has a bike to travel to school.

How I get light:

lightswitch

How Naomi gets light:

light

Before sponsorship, Naomi was doing all of her homework by candlelight.

Through sponsorship, Naomi and her family can now afford electricity for their home. Read Naomi’s story.

How I get coffee:

coffee

How Manuel gets coffee:

manuel

Manuel is a father of 11, and four of his children are sponsored through the Hope for a Family sponsorship program.

Manuel depends on growing coffee for his livelihood and to help pay for his family’s food, education and electricity.

Read more about Manuel’s coffee farm and how you can order your own bag of Juan Ana coffee.

Where I cook:

Ronnie's kitchen.

Where Mayi’s family cooks:

A Kitchen in a sponsored friend's home.

Mayi and her family cook their meals in this open kitchen in Merida, Mexico.

Thanks to CFCA sponsorship, Mayi is going to school to become a schoolteacher.

“The sponsorship means a very important bond between my sponsor and myself, it is something beautiful to have people like all the sponsors that help people that are in need.” ó Mayi, CFCA sponsored youth

How I wash my clothes:

washing machine

How many Guatemalans wash their clothes:

Laundry in Guate.

Many women in Guatemala carry clothes on their head down a steep hill to the water’s edge

to wash their laundry by hand. When they finish, they carry the heavy load of wet clothes up the hill and back home.

Where I sleep:

bed

Where Ronaldo sleeps:

Ronaldo, CFCA sponsored child in El Salvador.

Ronaldo, a CFCA sponsored child in El Salvador, gets a mattress as a result of sponsorship benefits.

The stories of sponsored friends and their families inspire me to be grateful for everyday blessings in my life like clean water, transportation, electricity and a comfortable bed.

They also remind me that we are all members of one human family, united in love.

Learn more about how you can sponsor a child, youth or aging friend and make a positive difference in someone’s life.

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same ó with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”
? Mother Teresa

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5 thoughts on “CFCA staff member reflects on everyday blessings”

  1. What a great way to show the contrast between what so many of us take for granted in our daily life and what others go through in theirs.
    Thank you for sharing!

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