In El Salvador, CFCA sponsor, Mike Madama, prepares to give his sponsored friend Karla a big hug.
Behind every sponsorship is a story — how you found your sponsored friend, why you sponsored and your ongoing relationship as you both learn more about each other’s lives and dreams.
Sometimes, though, people aren’t sure where to start. Should they sponsor a boy or girl? Child, youth or aging person?
And in which country?
Here are a few factors that can help when choosing your sponsored friend:
“A wonderful celebration of a life well lived.” —Tim Deveney, sponsor and former CFCA staff member.
By Jordan Kimbrell, CFCA Writer/Editor
The last two weeks I have looked at many photos from around the world as the CFCA family gathered together in their communities to remember Bob Hentzen. From his funeral in Guatemala to the memorial gatherings in India, the impact Bob created in the world is clear.
Yesterday in Kansas City, we celebrated Bob’s life.
The city of Manchay, Peru.
By Elizabeth Alex
From the distance, Manchay, Peru appears dirty and desolate.
Small and sometimes rickety houses, cheerfully painted in lilac and blue sit at the base of what appear to be mountains made of dust and rock. Manchay is covered in haze.
But what Manchay lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in smiles.
Like the big grin on 5-year-old Carlos’ face.
Francis “Paco” Wertin, CFCA CEO
With the passing of founder Bob Hentzen, we have had many asking if we will be stopping our work in the field. We are dedicated to continuing what Bob and our other founders started. Please read this message from us, provided in English and Spanish, to learn more.
Bob Hentzen, CFCA President and founder
Join us in remembering Bob through this YouTube video. Please feel free to share your own memories, pictures and videos in a video response.
Dubis sits in front of her home sharing her story.
Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Dubis now lives in a community south of Cartagena.
She is the mother of two sponsored youth.
Dubis found a new calling when she joined the CFCA mothers group, which meets twice a month.
“Before my sons’ sponsorship, my life was a routine. I would go to work and do the chores at home,” Dubis said.
“I did not go outside a lot and I did not talk with my neighbors.”