Category Archives: Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan
Nov 12 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: How you can help

As the world watches the heartbreaking plight of people who are suffering in the Philippines, the questions we hear hundreds of times a day at CFCA are, “Is my sponsored friend all right?” and “How can I help?”

Our families are safe

We can tell you that our teams in the field do not believe that any of the 45,000 sponsored friends associated with CFCA projects have been killed.

But we share the grief of thousands of families whose loved ones died in the path of this catastrophic storm, and we stand ready to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan rebuild.

Almost 300 CFCA families from high-risk and flood-prone areas in our Legazpi project were moved by order of the provincial government to evacuation centers before Haiyan took aim on the islands.

Our families are now making their way home, though what some return to can no longer be considered “home.”

Hundreds find that missing roofs, flooded homes and ruined crops are all that remain.

“Their basic farm crops, particularly bananas, were massively uprooted,” said Antipolo project coordinator Malou Navio.

Sponsored youth Cherry and her family were among those in the Legazpi project who voluntarily went to an evacuation center ahead of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Sponsored youth Cherry and her family were among those in the Legazpi project who voluntarily went to an evacuation center ahead of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Here is how you can help

Donate to our Disaster Assistance Fund. This is a way to support the families in need after natural disasters uproot their lives.

This fund provides money to buy supplies for rebuilding homes, seeds for new crops and to replace farming tools lost in the storm.

You can also make a long-term and lasting difference by sponsoring a child from the Philippines.

The already struggling economy of the Philippines will suffer even more because of Haiyan.

Children whose parents struggle to make ends meet will need encouragement and support now more than ever.

The need is ongoing

Haiyan is the 25th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year and the third category 5 typhoon to strike within the last three years.

There will always be a need for support through sponsorship and donations.

You can start helping today.

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Nov 6 2013

CFCA sponsored youth: My journey to success

The CFCA project in Legazpi, Philippines, recently sent us success stories from young adults who were sponsored through CFCA as children.

Here’s one from Roland, who recently finished his final year of college studying secondary education. Congratulations, Roland!

This is a story of an ordinary boy with great dreams and aspirations in life. Through his perseverance and determination, he made great achievements that made his parents proud to call him their son. — Roland, a former CFCA sponsored youth

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Oct 18 2013

Virginia priest visits 16 friends sponsored by parish

Father Henry Diesta from Newport News, Va., recently traveled back to his home in the Philippines to visit relatives and family. While he was there, he had an exciting opportunity to meet not just one, but 16 friends sponsored by members of his parish.

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Oct 17 2013

Bob Hentzen’s life celebrated in Philippines

Bob Hentzen’s life celebrated in Philippines (via Rise and Dream)

By Loretta Shea Kline, CFCA communications editor QUEZON CITY, Philippines — About 1,000 families and staff members from three Philippine projects filled Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Quezon City in an outpouring of love for Bob Hentzen, CFCA…



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The Philippines
Sep 10 2013

CFCA scholar and sponsored friend: ‘You can do it if you believe you can’

The CFCA project in Legazpi, Philippines, recently sent us success stories from young adults who are sponsored through CFCA.

Here’s one from Gleselle, who is in her fourth year of studies for a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering and still pursues her passion for art.

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Tilapia farming
Sep 2 2013

Parents exemplify belief in dignity of work

Guatemalan tilapia farm

Fernando takes care of fish on his tilapia farm.

The Labor Day holiday, celebrated every year on the first Monday in September, honors the social and economic achievements of American workers.

As we pay tribute today to the contributions workers have made to the United States, let’s also remember workers everywhere who struggle to find productive and meaningful work.

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