Jun 14 2013

Colombia awareness trip: ‘Ready to fly in freedom and hope’

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“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies awareness trip participants. You can see Bob’s full update on his Facebook page. Continue reading

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Jun 10 2013

Top 10 stories about fathers in the Hope for a Family program

An ERPAT fathers group in the Philippines

And now, for your enjoyment, our top 10 stories about fathers! In no particular order.

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Jun 7 2013

CFCA scholar in Colombia tutors to give back

CFCA scholar in Colombia

From left: CFCA scholar, Yilber, helps sponsored children Daniela and Naye with their homework.

Yilber, a CFCA scholar in Colombia, helps tutor sponsored children as part of his service for the scholarship program. Harry Garcia, our communications liaison in Colombia, interviewed Yilber, who explained why education is so important to him and to others in his community.

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May 16 2013

Harry’s trip experiences from Cali, Colombia

CFCA sponsored child in Cali, Colombia

Harry gets help with a photo shoot from Juan, a sponsored child in Cali.

Harrison Garcia, CFCA communications center liaison for Colombia, recently returned from a visit to the city of Cali, Colombia. Read his personal experience of visiting sponsored friends and the beautiful friendships he made.

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Mar 6 2013

Common boy, girl names from countries where CFCA works

El Salvador

From left are Gloria, Erika and Ana, children sponsored through CFCA in El Salvador.

You’ve probably heard the English idiom, “Every Tom, Dick and Harry,” to refer to the general population.

For many parts of the world, that wouldn’t make sense because those three names are relatively unusual.

In Madagascar, for example, the idiom might read more like, “Every Haja, Mamy and Andriniaina!”

Here are some common boy and girl names from some countries and regions where CFCA works:

El Salvador, Colombia and other Latin American countries

Names such as Juan, Jose, Ana and Maria abound in Latin American countries. Some common sources of inspiration come from close relatives, famous people, Biblical names and popular foreign names.

“Many years ago you could choose a foreign name without a problem, but nowadays you have to prove the meaning and the origin when you go to get the baby’s birth certificate in the city hall,” said Naresli Calito, a CFCA staffer in El Salvador. Read more

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Jan 14 2013

Community in Colombia plants trees to help in drought

A Chinese proverb says it’s better to light one candle than curse the darkness.

We can find a modern-day parallel in a community in Cali, Colombia, where families in the CFCA program found it’s better to take action and plant a tree to help the environment!

Water walk in Colombia

Yeraldin, CFCA staffer in Colombia and CFCA scholar, plants seeds for a future tree in an environmental campaign to help fight against drought. Yeraldin was sponsored through CFCA as a child.

For several years now, Colombia has suffered from a drought that has caused the nation’s government to urge citizens to conserve water (see this article for more information).

This particular CFCA community in Cali has had limited water supply as a result, and CFCA mothers groups met to discuss the problem. Read more

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