{Pretty, happy, funny, real} in Africa

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday the Like Mother, Like Daughter blog invites bloggers to post four pictures – pretty, happy, funny and real – and give a little context for each picture.

So here’s {phfr} in Africa on the CFCA blog.

{Pretty}

From left: Ann with her daughter Sophia in Kenya.

From left: Ann with her daughter Sophia in Kenya.

Sophia is a CFCA sponsored youth in Kenya.

Ann and Sophia are part of the Maasai tribe in Kenya, a group known for its skillful artisan beadwork.

The Maasai community is mainly pastoral, and the people herd animals including goats, sheep and cows.

{Happy}

Cleophas draws a picture for his sponsor.

Cleophas draws a picture for his sponsor.

Meet Cleophas, a sponsored child in Kenya.

Have you ever seen anyone so happy to draw?

We love his energy. It helps remind us to enjoy the small things in life.

{Funny}

These children enjoy face painting during their Christmas celebration.

These children enjoy face painting during their Christmas celebration.

These children in Kenya are sure having a lot of fun at a CFCA Christmas celebration!

Activities, games and fun are always in ample abundance when it comes to a CFCA party.

Through the Christmas fund, all sponsored friends receive a gift and party, so everyone can feel special.

Celebrations typically include entire families and reflect local traditions and culture.

{Real}

Karen, grandmother and guardian to two CFCA sponsored children in Kenya, shows the rubble of her home after it was destroyed by a flood.

Karen, grandmother and guardian to two CFCA sponsored children in Kenya, shows the rubble of her home after it was destroyed by a flood.

Here, Karen, whose grandchildren are sponsored, stands next to a pile of mud and sticks — something she used to call home.

Her home was made from mud and sticks until a flood washed it away.

Each year, hundreds of natural disasters occur around the globe. They take the form of floods, typhoons, cyclones, hurricanes, mudslides and many other natural events.

Those living in marginalized communities often reside in areas more prone to flooding, mudslides or other natural catastrophes because living in those areas is less expensive. In most cases, their homes provide inadequate protection from the elements, and are especially vulnerable in the extreme conditions of a natural disaster.

Thanks to her child’s sponsorship and assistance from CFCA, Karen and her children were able to rebuild their home and have a roof over their heads again.

Read more about Karen and natural disasters around the world.

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