Nov 1 2013

Field Notes Colombia: Dreams of mothers

Director of global strategy, Paul Pearce, left, walks with a group of mothers in Cartagena, Colombia.

Director of global strategy, Paul Pearce, left, walks with a group of mothers in Cartagena, Colombia.

Recently, Jose Rodriguez, project director for Colombia at CFCA headquarters in Kansas, traveled to Colombia to visit with mothers of sponsored children.

During the workshop, mothers gathered to answer a question: “What is your dream?”

Many women had the opportunity to share what they were interested in pursuing and CFCA had the chance to help them make it happen.

Watch the video to learn more about how CFCA becomes a catalyst for these women to achieve their dreams.

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Oct 23 2013

A humble leader motivated me

Colombian sponsored youth


Alfredo, 19, serves as an inspiration to fellow students in Colombia.

Alfredo, 19, is a sponsored youth served by our Cartagena, Colombia, office. He helped with an Awareness Trip earlier this year and met with several sponsors and Bob Hentzen. Alfredo tutors 9th graders in his community, and was inspired even more by his meeting with Bob to continue helping. Continue reading

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Oct 11 2013

Celebrating International Day of the Girl

Bob Hentzen

Bob’s passion was to build bridges of love and understanding between all people.

As CFCA prepares for the funeral tomorrow of our President and Co-Founder Bob Hentzen, we honor International Day of the Girl. Educating and empowering girls throughout the 21 developing countries where CFCA works was important to Bob and will continue to be part of his legacy. Continue reading

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Oct 10 2013

Taking charge: A mother’s journey of empowerment

Dubis sits in front of her home sharing her story.

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.”

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Sep 30 2013

Colombian aging friend earns bachelor’s degree at age 73

Maria holds her personal growth award from Pamplona University.

Maria holding her prize of personal growth she received from Pamplona University.

Maria is a 75-year-old sponsored aging friend from Cartagena, Colombia.

Maria recently decided to go back to school to get her college education — a dream she had chased since her youth.

Because of gender stereotypes, Maria could not achieve her dream until her late 70s.

But with help and encouragement from her family, her sponsor and CFCA, Maria graduated from Pamplona University in Colombia.

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Sep 16 2013

Meeting face to face: CFCA field staffer meets sponsored friend

Judith and Jorge

Judith Bautista, CFCA project coordinator for Bogota, Colombia, with her sponsored friend, Jorge, in Honduras.

Judith Bautista is the CFCA project coordinator for Bogota, Colombia, and a CFCA sponsor.

Judith began sponsoring 19-year-old Jorge in 2010 after a trip she took to Honduras to learn more about CFCA mothers groups.

She had the opportunity to meet Jorge when she traveled to Honduras recently for a CFCA awareness trip.

In her reflection, Judith describes the journey of her sponsorship experience and how special it was to meet her sponsored friend.

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