Comments on: Ask Sponsor Services http://blog.unbound.org Around the world Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:58:23 +0000 hourly 1 By: Mary Nuhibianhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4954 Sun, 05 Oct 2014 18:37:46 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4954 I have been a sponsor for several years and have multiple sponsorships. I have no problem with the way sponsor funds are used and know that 93.5% of funds go to “program support.” However, I know that there is a lot of program support such as social workers, accountants, home office staff etc. that are not discretionary for the family. I have often wondered what percent of sponsor funds actually go into the sponsored friend’s account to be budgeted by the family for direct services such as tuition, food, etc.
Thank you for clarifying this for me.

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By: Unboundhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4655 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:47:16 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4655 Miriam, thank you for sharing your concerns. We want to assure you it is only the name that has change, our organization and how we work remains the same. We’re so glad you’ve decided to continue your relationship with your current sponsored friend and want to thank you for all your years of being a sponsor.
Gratefully,
Christina, Sponsor Services

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By: Miriamhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4653 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:37:00 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4653 I too am sadden and dissapointed that the name has changed to Unbound. I have been told the reasons why but I don’t agree. Many charitable organizations display who they are and as such reach out to help different denominations/beliefs, as they keep their name, like St. Jude Hospital. “Unbound” does not represent the Christian Foundation I want to support. I will continue with my 3rd sposored child until she finishes school.

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By: Unboundhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4616 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 15:08:41 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4616 Thanks so much for your question, Cathyna. We’re so glad you’re interested in your friend’s academic progress. Unbound doesn’t send report cards to the sponsors, but often times students will update their sponsors on their school status in their letters. If you ask your sponsored student about how she’s doing in school and if she could send you a copy of her grades, she will most likely be happy to tell you. Just keep in mind that grading systems in Kenya are quite a bit different than here in the US.

Thanks again for your question,
Christina, Sponsor Services

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By: Cathynahttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4615 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 06:45:18 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4615 I sponsored a very bright and promising little girl in Kenya. I’m interested and care about her education and would like to get updated on her progress in school. So I was wondering does this organization send me follow up information on my sponsored child schooling, such as report cards, tests scores or some class work? It would be very nice and meaningful to feel included in the sponsored child academics. :-)

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By: Unboundhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4606 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:53:18 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4606 Thank you for your support, Sergio. While our name has changed, our core values and the work we do remain the same. We continue to be a faith-based organization open to and working with people of diverse faiths.. We are in no way giving in to any outside pressures or political correctness. The name Unbound is rooted in Scripture and describes our work to partner with families in unbinding them from the many obstacles and barriers they face. If you would like to discuss your concerns further, please call us at 800-875-6564. We hope you will take a moment to view this video message from our late co-founder Bob Hentzen, who was instrumental in this process. http://www.hopeforafamily.org/unbound
Gratefully,
Christina, Sponsor Services

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By: Sergio Lopezhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4602 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 06:18:28 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4602 We have been sponsoring one child in Zamboanga for about ten years and a girl, also in the Phillipines for three or four years. What first drew us to your organization was the outward Christian affiliation and the encouragement to these children to study the teachings of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. I was saddened to see you have completely erased the word “Christian” from both your name and your website completely. Why did you feel the need to go the route of the rest of the world and do this? Pressure? Political Correctness? Saddened and curious is all.

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By: Unboundhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4581 Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:42:41 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4581 June, thanks for sharing such great news! Often times, even when a sponsored child graduates, the family continues to be part of the community. The mothers especially become good sources of guidance for newer mothers and continue to work with Unbound to help other families in need.
Thanks again for sharing,
Christina, Sponsor Services

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By: Junehttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4576 Sun, 19 Jan 2014 19:26:33 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4576 My first sponsored child, a girl in India, has just graduated with high marks and been accepted into a training program to be a policewoman. We are very proud of her! But now, will her mother still be able to participate in the CFCA mothers group she joined? We hope so!

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4499 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:18:22 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4499 Thanks for your question, Candi! Instead of sending dry paint packets, which may become damaged in the mail, you could send a compact watercolor case. Some countries may prohibit foreign seeds, so I’d suggest checking with the United States Postal Service for more information.

For more ideas, check out my blog post highlighting 18 small gift ideas to send in your Christmas card.

Hope this helps,

Veronica Batton, CFCA writer/editor

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By: Candihttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4498 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 01:36:55 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4498 I am not at all aware of current shipping regulations. I was curious about things like seed packets, dry paint packets that you mix with water, things like that. Would these be acceptable gifts to send to my friend? They would fit the package guidelines. Thank you

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4022 Tue, 21 May 2013 18:31:55 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4022 Dear Lisa,

Thank you so much for your comment and for your interest in CFCA’s Awareness Trips. We welcome anyone who would like to join a CFCA trip and encourage non-sponsors to experience our program through a visit to one of the 21 countries we serve. We hope that you both decide to join us on a trip to Guatemala in the future. Please continue to check the CFCA Awareness Trip page, as the 2014 schedule should be published soon!

Sincerely,

~Sponsor Services

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4021 Tue, 21 May 2013 18:27:05 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4021 Thank you for your interest in the CFCA sponsorship program. All applications for sponsorship are handled at the local CFCA offices in the countries where we work. Our international headquarters in the U.S. does not take applications for sponsorship. We encourage you to contact the CFCA office in your area for information. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Sincerely,

~ Sponsor Services

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By: Lisahttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4020 Tue, 21 May 2013 12:24:19 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4020 My husband and I are sponsoring a little girl in Guatemala and I would like to go visit her next year, but he wouldn’t be able to take that much time off of work. Would I be able to bring a friend with me on one of your group trips so I wouldn’t have to travel alone?

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By: darwin maglangithttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-4019 Tue, 21 May 2013 06:57:46 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-4019 hello ,

i want to apply as a scholar to this program, for my parents having a problems on my financial stabilities.. i need your help .

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By: tomhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1040 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:44:54 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1040 thank you all individually and as a whole. Your charity is known to be honest and cares for the people they help. The world we live in, its SO HARD, to trust anyone with money, but you have so far, been honest–PLEASE_keep it up!

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1039 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:30:04 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1039 Great question, Rosemary! It’s best to send your Christmas card between September and mid-October if you want it to reach your friend by Christmas.
Happy mailing!

-Veronica, CFCA writer/editor

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By: Rosemary Rippelhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1038 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:55:59 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1038 How soon should we send a Christmas card to our sponsored child in Guatemala?

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1037 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:23:59 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1037 So glad you asked! One of our recent blog posts, “18 small gift ideas to send in your Christmas card,” addresses that question. Feel free to read the comments, too, which also have great suggestions.

We also have other letter-writing tips here: http://www.cfcausa.org/CFCA/WhySponsor/HowSponsorshipWorks/WritingLetters/LetterWritingTips.aspx

We’re thrilled that you’re taking this step of writing letters. Your support and encouragement are great gifts in your friend’s life!

~Shanxi, CFCA online content manager

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By: Sheila Morrishttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1036 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 16:10:54 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1036 Thanks, Shanxi, that’s a big help. I talked with Elaine, who is a sponsor who volunteers at parishes to encourage sponsorship. She had some clever ideas for items to send. I have not been as involved in my friend’s life as I’d like to be. I made a promise to myself that I will write letters 3 or 4 times a year.
Are there some items you know of that sponsored friends like to receive?

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1035 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:15:31 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1035 Hi Sheila,

Certainly! Our guidelines are a 9-inch by 12-inch or smaller envelope that weighs less than a pound and is less than 1 inch thick. We ask that you never send cash or checks directly, as this makes the package more likely to be stolen or tampered with before it reaches your friend. Thanks so much.

~Shanxi, CFCA online content manager

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By: Sheila Morrishttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1034 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 00:56:24 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1034 i have misplaced the instructions for sending packages to our sponsored friend. Please tell me the envelope size, weight, etc.
Thank you.

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1033 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 00:17:55 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1033 Hi Tom,

Thanks for your questions.

Our Hope for a Family sponsorship program provides the support and opportunities necessary to help sponsored children achieve their educational goals. Whether it is elementary school, middle school, high school, technical school or university, we support the students and help with their tuition for either school options.

CFCA does not own or run the schools that sponsored friends attend. Depending on the area and availability for enrollment, children attend either public or private schools.

Course options are different in every country and region; therefore, some children may have religious programs and some may not. However, this is not a requirement of our program.

Our role is to help the families with education costs, including paying tuition on time, providing uniforms, school supplies, funds for bus fare, etc.

We have many sponsored friends who have gone on to complete professional degrees and come back to serve in their communities. We believe these young people are the future leaders of their communities and their countries.

~Sponsor Services

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By: Tom Saurohttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1032 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:59:51 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1032 A friend of mine is currently a sponsor of a child in India.
I am thinking about sponsoring a child myself.
What type of education do children usually receive? Is it public or private?
Does CFCA provide the education themselves? Or just the funding for the child’s tuition? Are students taught religion, or just traditional academics?
As a college student who has to pay for his own college education, these are important concerns for me and whether I chose to be a sponsor or not.

Thanks,
Tom
Connecticut, USA

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1031 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 21:21:35 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1031 Thanks so much for the question!

A great way to remember your friend on his birthday is to donate to our birthday fund. Your gift will be sent in its entirety, and 100 percent of contributions are distributed among our CFCA projects to ensure that all sponsored children and aging friends are remembered on these special occasions. The project staffs plan community-wide celebrations, which often include the entire family.

Sending a coloring book to your sponsored friend is a great idea for a gift and fits nicely into our suggested package guidelines. If you want to occasionally send a small gift to your friend, we ask that it fits in a 9-inch by 12-inch or smaller envelope, weighs less than a pound and is less than 1 inch thick. Any packages larger than this are usually not accepted because of high customs fees and the difficulty of delivering them.

For more information, check out our letter-writing FAQs on our website.

Hope this helps, and please let us know if you have any other questions.

~Shanxi, CFCA online content manager

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By: Mary Bhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1030 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:57:58 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1030 I’m new to the program and would like to send a coloring book to my new friend for his birthday. I’m not sure how or if I can do this. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1029 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 21:34:20 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1029 Hi Nyana,

Thanks so much for asking! You can write as often as you want. Most friends write to their sponsors twice a year, so there can be anywhere from four to six months between the time a letter is sent and received.

As a result of this extended time frame, your letters may cross in the mail. Questions asked in one letter may remain unanswered until subsequent letters are received.

If you are thinking of writing an eLetter from your online sponsorship account, you can send eLetters up to six times a year. You must be logged in to write an eLetter, though.

Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any other questions.
~Shanxi, CFCA online content manager

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By: Nyanahttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1028 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:56:37 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1028 How often can I write my sponsored child?

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1027 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 21:48:48 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1027 Thank you for your comment, Lisa. Part of the sponsorship program is about building a relationship between the sponsor and the sponsored friend, and this includes learning about each other and your respective cultures. For many people, religion is a large part of who they are and what their culture is like.

You are certainly welcome to share your faith with your sponsored friend and to ask them about their own faith. Asking these kinds of questions in a respectful manner can foster an environment of understanding between various cultures and beliefs.

~Jordan K., Sponsor Services

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By: Lisahttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1026 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 16:21:59 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1026 Hello, thank you for the quick response to my last question. I now have another one! I know that though CFCA is a Catholic organization, it is not your goal to teach the sponsored children about God and try to “convert” them. I have read that some other organization who are not Christian based will not let the sponsors write about religion or God in their letters. Is that the case with CFCA? Obviously, I will try to be respectful in everything I write, I am just hoping that I will be allowed to talk about Jesus with my little girl but I also want to make sure that I will not be breaking any roles or making anyone feel uncomfortable.

Thanks!

-Lisa

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1025 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 21:55:35 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1025 Hi Lisa!

Thanks so much for your sponsorship, and welcome to the CFCA community!

It’s great that you want to write to your sponsored friend once a month, but there are some practical limitations. It can take 8-10 weeks for your sponsored child to receive your letter, depending on obstacles such as translation time, unreliable mail systems and delivery to remote areas. As a result, your letters may cross in the mail.

One other aspect to keep in mind is that sponsored members are required to write a minimum of two letters per year. They can write more if they choose to, but it’s not required.

We now have an option where you can send eLetters to your sponsored friend (in addition to traditional letters sent through the mail). There is a limit, though, of six eLetters per calendar year. That limit may change in the future, but for now itís capped at six.

We’re thrilled that you took the time to write to us. Here are further tips on letter writing: http://www.cfcausa.org/WhySponsor/HowSponsorshipWorks/WritingLetters/LetterWritingTips.aspx

Thanks again!

~Shanxi, CFCA web editor and writer

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By: Lisahttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1024 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:55:10 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1024 Hello! I am a brand new sponsor and am looking forward to receiving my sponsor kit so I can write my first letter to our child. My question is, is there such thing as writing to much? I’m thinking that I want to push myself to write at least once every month. Is that overboard? I know the requirement is just once a month but I also know how much I loved receiving mail as a child (and still do!) and I really want to do all I can to really impact our little girl’s life. Thanks for any feedback!

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1023 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 16:54:22 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1023 Hi Susan,

Right now we don’t have any mission awareness trips planned for Brazil. If you would still like to visit your sponsored friend, however, we may be able to schedule an individual sponsor visit for you.

Hereís a list of frequently asked questions about individual sponsor visits.

For more information, please call us at 800.875.6564 or 913.384.6500, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central time, or email us at cfca_isv@cfcausa.org.

Thanks!
~Shanxi, CFCA web editor and writer

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By: Susan Bakerhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1022 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 15:13:13 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1022 I sponsor a young girl in the Brazil Mineiros Project and wondering if in the future there will be a mission trip planned in that area? Thank you,
Susan Baker

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1021 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:16:58 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1021 Thank you, Cristina, for your recent commitment of sponsorship. The CFCA program is designed to invite people of good will to live in daily solidarity with the worldís poor through one-to-one sponsorship. We understand that a treasured friendship, whether short or long, can have a lasting impact in our lives.

There are several reasons why we are unable to facilitate communication after a sponsored person leaves the program. We always want to protect the privacy and well-being of our sponsors and our sponsored. We also lose contact with the child or family when they leave the program. They may move away, have difficulty trying to send letters on their own or they may not have internet access.

I recently spoke with a sponsor, and she shared her thoughts and feelings about the CFCA Hope for a Family program. When she began her sponsorship, she felt very close to her sponsored child, but as her child grew up, she began to view the relationship as more of a mentor program ñ designed to help others help themselves. Iíve thought about this statement recently, and feel that it expresses the heart of what CFCA aims to achieve with all of our sponsored families.

If you have any further questions or comments, we would love to speak with you. Please feel free to contact Sponsor Services at 800.875.6564 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time, or by email at mail@cfcausa.org.

Thank you again, and have a wonderful day.

~Veronica from Sponsor Services

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By: Cristinahttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1020 Sun, 30 Oct 2011 17:30:04 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1020 I understand that there will be a final letter from either the field staff or friend in case when a sponsored friend leaves the program. I didn’t realize this at first when I began looking into your program.

I’m new to CFCA sponsorship and I would like to know if you allow a furthering of the friendship between the sponsor and his/her friend after leaving the program? I also understand that there are legitimate reasons why there is a need for protection of privacy for both parties. Have you considered that an extraordinary friendship can exist outside of program rules?

Thank you in advance for your response.

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1019 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 19:25:53 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1019 Hi Amy,

Christmas gifts vary from project to project, but theyíre all chosen with love and thought by the local CFCA staff in your sponsored childís area.

Through the Christmas fund, all of the sponsored members will receive a gift on behalf of their sponsor. All sponsors can donate to these funds, which are distributed equally among all of the sponsored members. We distribute the funds equally so that no child feels left out if their sponsor was unable to contribute. Each project uses the Christmas fund donations to purchase items for the sponsored friends.

You can learn more about Christmas gifts for your sponsored friend on our website.

To find out what your child receives, go to https://www.cfcausa.org/Login.aspx to manage your sponsorship account online. Once you are logged in, there should be a link to your sponsored childís project.

Click on the link to see any specific benefits listed under the Christmas section. (If you have any questions related to your online account, a Sponsor Services representative at 1-800-875-6564 will be more than happy to assist you.)

Thanks,
Veronica from Sponsor Services

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By: Amy Slaterhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1018 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 22:19:58 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1018 When I give 25.00 for a christmas gift for my child, what do they receive?

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1017 Mon, 26 Sep 2011 21:24:11 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1017 Gracias por su comentario. Podr· encontrar las fechas de los viajes a Colombia en el 2012 visitando nuestra p·gina web (http://www.cfcausa.org/WhatsHappening/MissionAwarenessTrips.aspx).

Si tiene preguntas adicionales, favor de contactar a nuestros coordinadores de viajes de concientizaciÛn misionera a trips@cfcausa.org.

Gracias y que Dios lo bendiga.

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By: Cecilia Hernandezhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1016 Sun, 25 Sep 2011 02:30:52 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1016 HOLA AMIGOS..TENGO UNA CONSULTA..QUISIERA CONOCER A MI NI—A APADRINADA EN COLOMBIA..PERO NO SE CUANDO SERAN LAS FECHAS PARA PODER ASISTIR EN MAT. GRACIAS..LES DESEO MUCHAS BENDICIONES..
SALUDOS DESDE GUATEMALA..PROYECTO HERMANO PEDRO

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1015 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 17:51:23 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1015 Hi Diane,

Because of legal liability, cost and the difficulty of getting permission to travel outside their country, CFCA does not allow sponsors to bring sponsored friends to the United States. Such a trip would also bring their lack into more prominence and might also incite jealousy among their peers.

Instead, CFCA offers mission awareness trips and individual sponsor visits. These give sponsors the opportunity to meet their sponsored friends and to experience the culture and climate their friends live in.

Thank you,

Jordan
Sponsor Services

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By: Dianehttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1014 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 22:03:12 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1014 Hello…is there any hope that my sponsored child would be able to visit me in the United States someday if I offer to imburse the travel expenses. What a wonderful experience it would be for the both of us.
Thanks, Diane

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1013 Tue, 31 May 2011 15:04:05 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1013 Liz,

Congratulations on becoming a sponsor through CFCA! We appreciate your commitment and goodwill to bring hope for a family.

After you send in your first payment, you will receive a receipt in the mail. This receipt will list your next due date for your sponsorship. If you signed up for automatic payments, you will always receive an automatic payment confirmation letter in the mail, notifying you that you signed up for CFCAís automatic payment plan.

If you are not sure the automatic payment will be reoccurring, feel free to contact Sponsor Services toll free at 1-800-875-6564 or e-mail us at mail@cfcausa.org. Sponsor Services will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you might have. Thank you for your commitment to the children and aging we serve!

~Sponsor Services

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By: Lizhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1012 Sun, 29 May 2011 17:56:27 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1012 Hello,

I just signed up for a sponsorship at the end of May. Will I be charged again at the end of June or at the beginning of June? How do I know if I’ve signed up for automatic payments?

Thanks,
Liz

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By: Tessahttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1011 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 02:25:11 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1011 thanks for the help :) nice to find another kiwi online!

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1010 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 15:04:25 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1010 Tessa,

Kia ora from a fellow Kiwi! I was born in New Zealand and spent my childhood there.

It is possible for non-U.S. residents to sponsor through CFCA. We ask that non-U.S. sponsors make their contributions through a major credit card in U.S. dollars. It is also important to keep in mind that your contributions will not be tax-deductible.

Cheers, and thanks for asking!
~Shanxi, CFCA web editor and writer, along with Ashley from Sponsor Services

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By: Tessahttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1009 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 11:00:18 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1009 I would like to find out if it is possible to sponsor a child through this organization, given that I’m not a resident of the US (I am from New Zealand)

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By: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)http://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1008 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 22:20:09 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1008 Hi Patricia,

Thank you for your recent comment. We appreciate your care and concern for your special friend. Through the CFCA Hope for a Family program, we strive to empower the sponsored members and their families. Our goal is for them to become self-sufficient, and be able to sustain a good quality standard of living.

In order for the sponsored members to empower themselves, the project offers many special workshops and livelihood programs. Through these workshops and training courses, the project is able to educate the sponsored members on the ways in which they can earn extra income and provide for their family. The sponsored members work hard to learn these new skills, and the end result leaves them feeling a sense of pride, confidence and a deeper respect for themselves.

External donations can have a positive impact on these initiatives in some cases, but in other cases external help can create negative unintended consequences. CFCA understands and appreciates our sponsors and how they make these donations to help their sponsored family.

However, these donations can impede the familyís path toward self-sufficiency. ëHand-outí charity can create dependency and diminish a familyís initiative. In some cases, the family is provided with a loan to start a business from the sponsor, but without the proper training and planning, the business might fail and the family will fall right back into the clutches of poverty.

CFCA offers sponsors the option of sending an inquiry to local project staff to help assess whether they believe a livelihood donation to a particular sponsored childís family would be beneficial.

A donation to the livelihood programs would be the best way to help your child and childís family succeed in everyday life. These programs help develop the livelihood of the families, and your donation would be very beneficial to your childís project.

If you have any questions, please contact Sponsor Services at 800-875-6564 or email mail@cfcausa.org.

~Sponsor Services

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By: Patricia Morsehttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1007 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 23:14:11 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1007 I would like to know if there is any way we kind find out if there is a special need for our sponsered child’s family. Something like a chicken, goat, seeds, etc. I often see in the newletters that someone has supplied one of these types of items but do not know how to go about this.

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By: Erwinhttp://blog.unbound.org/ask-sponsor-services/#comment-1006 Sat, 12 Feb 2011 21:55:41 +0000 http://blog.cfcausa.org/?page_id=1128#comment-1006 Don Roberto es un hombre muy fuerte y bueno, admiro el recorrido caminan2juntos, se necesita mucho espiritu para hacer algo grande como su recorrido a pies

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