Dec 27 2013

Generous hearts at Christmas

CFCA's president and CEO, Scott Wasserman

CFCA’s president and CEO, Scott Wasserman

By Scott Wasserman, CFCA president and CEO

One morning recently, I read a file from a law firm representing the estate of one of our late sponsors. In her will she left $500 for the benefit of Jose, her sponsored child in Colombia.

Michael Calabria, CFCA’s planned giving director, worked with the attorney, Jim, on how best to use the gift. Our staff in Colombia let us know that when Jose completes 11th grade next year, he must either enroll in college or enlist in the military.

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Dec 25 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from everyone at CFCA! Our office may be closed, but we’re sending you lots of Christmas cheer. As you spend time with your families, we hope you enjoy this Christmas video from El Salvador.

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Dec 16 2013

Exhibition of hope: Sponsored self-help groups in Uganda showcase livelihood skills

Sponsors on a recent Awareness Trip admire the wares created by Ugandan mothers.

Sponsors on a recent Awareness Trip admire the wares created by Ugandan mothers.

Sponsor on a recent awareness trip to Uganda were treated to an exhibition of skills by the Ugandan mothers. The mothers have joined together to learn new skills and develop livelihood programs to become more self-sufficient.

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Dec 12 2013

Elderly man recalls struggle for Kenya’s independence

80-year-old Joseph celebrates 50 years since Kenya gained its independence.

Eighty-year-old Joseph celebrates 50 years since Kenya gained its independence.

By Regina Mburu, CFCA communications liaison for Africa

As Kenya marks 50 years since independence, the country and Kenyans are in jubilation as we celebrate the 12th of December, Jamhuri Day. It is the day Kenya attained its independence as a republic.

Eighty-year-old Joseph, sponsored in the CFCA aging program, is proud of Kenya and remembers the journey toward independence.

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Dec 11 2013

3 gift ideas for the person with everything

Sponsored friends deserve a celebration, too. Elderly friends, like Angel (right) in Colombia,  receive Christmas and birthday gifts to celebrate these special occasions.

Sponsored friends deserve a celebration, too. Elderly friends, like Angel (right) in Colombia, receive Christmas and birthday gifts to celebrate these special occasions.

Are you having a hard time trying to find the perfect gift for someone special? Well, look no further! Here are three gift ideas that give back throughout the year.

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Dec 10 2013

Over $100 million sent directly to field in 2013!

By Martin Kraus, CFCA director of finance

CFCA has never had a goal of being big. We want to be good. Our sponsors recognize the good that’s being accomplished with their donations, and they have helped us to grow to a new level this year!

In 2013, CFCA sent over $100 million directly to our projects in the 21 countries where we work. This is the first year in our 32 year history that CFCA has reached this level of direct support to the field.

This funding makes it possible for a sponsored child to stay in school instead of quitting and going to work to support the family. It provides needed medicine, fitness and social activities for an elderly person who otherwise wouldn’t have any help.

These and many other benefits are provided each year by CFCA through the generous donations of our sponsors. In return, our sponsors have the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with the person they are sponsoring.

Sponsors also have the knowledge that CFCA is exercising good stewardship practices by using over 93 percent of our total expenses for program purposes, with only 3 to 4 percent used for fundraising and 3 to 4 percent for administrative needs.

CFCA was founded in 1981 in Kansas City. Since then, CFCA has sent over $1 billion to our projects around the world to help break the bonds of poverty.

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Dec 6 2013

India awareness trip highlights the strength of mothers

CFCA members perform a traditional Indian dance for sponsors in Hyderabad, India.

CFCA members perform a traditional Indian dance for sponsors in Hyderabad, India.


By Akansha Roy, CFCA communications liaison for India

Unfolding into the Indian culture brought joy to a group of sponsors.

They traveled to India on an awareness trip and became a part of their sponsored child’s everyday reality. They had a bright smile at the end of each day.

Sponsors explored the lifestyle, cuisine and hospitality of India, and gave CFCA staff and families a chance to present their talents and introduce the sponsors to the best of their reality.

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