Lisbeth and Fredy are the two artists from Guatemala whose artwork was chosen for CFCA’s 2013 Christmas cards.
Both are proud of their heritage. Read more to find out how they included that heritage in their card designs.
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.
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.
Imagine having such an insecure, ramshackle house that you dread the thought of anyone visiting you.
For one family in Tanzania, this was part of their daily life.
Aurelia and her three children, two of whom are sponsored through CFCA, used to live in a home made from iron sheets.
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
By Naresli Calito, CFCA communications center correspondent for El Salvador
In El Salvador every November 2, we celebrate the “Day of the Dead.”
It’s a time for visiting the graves of our loved ones.
In Santa Ana, we have the “Santa Isabel” cemetery, which is a popular cemetery in El Salvador.