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Jan 11 2012

Get a free 2012 CFCA desk calendar

Update: The opportunity to get a free 2011 desk calendar is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!

CFCA 2012 desk calendar We recently put together a desk calendar that includes photos of some of the wonderful children and families served by CFCA throughout the world.

We would like to give you an opportunity to receive one of these calendars by sharing your sponsorship story with others. You can:

  • Write a blog post on your own blog about your personal sponsorship experience with CFCA and send us a link.
  • Write a guest blog post for us to post on the CFCA blog, then submit your post to us.
  • Leave a comment on a CFCA blog post of your choice to have your name entered in a daily drawing. A name will be randomly selected as the winner of a CFCA calendar.

We have only a limited number of calendars left, so please submit your entries to socialmedia@cfcausa.org with the subject line, “Submission for 2012 desk calendar,” as soon as possible.

Note: These calendars will be sent only to U.S. residents.

Thank you!

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Jan 22 2011

Final submissions for free CFCA desk calendars

Thanks to all who submitted comments to our CFCA blog and won a calendar. That opportunity is now closed, but we very much appreciate all your support. Here are a few responses from the people who submitted comments for us this week.

First comment:

Esther Rogers writes: “I first sponsored a child through CFCA 10 years ago. Since then I have sponsored 4 more young people all in the same country. I chose this country because I started going there on dental mission trips before I had ever heard of CFCA. The children that were treated in the clinic were children of that area sponsored through CFCA.

“I was disappointed when the first child I sponsored moved out of the area and I was no longer able to sponsor her. But since that time and the opportunity to sponsor and meet new children I feel it is a special privilege each time I am connected with a new child. I thank God for the privilege of sponsoring each child and what they and their families have taught me about living life to the fullest no matter their economic circumstances.

“In each family I have seen the dedication to the lives of their children and the struggles that they strive to overcome to give their children a better life.

“CFCA has been a great blessing to me. I have made great friendships with the people who have traveled on the MAT trips. CFCA has given me volunteer opportunities in my own community. I strongly recommend CFCA sponsorship. I feel that I get back much more than I have ever invested.

“One of the youth that I sponsor is making great daily sacrifices of time and travel in hopes of gaining a college education in order to be able to help other children in her country.”

Second comment:

Arianna Dabu writes: “I love to read stories from the Walk2gether program!! I aspire to do things for others just as Bob has.

“I have been a sponsor of my dearest Avrien for over a year now, and I really enjoy it! My face and spirits light up when I receive mail from CFCA, and my child. I love to know that I am doing something great for someone in need, and I loved receiving a Christmas card from him!

“I am looking forward to making a trip to the Philippines later this year, or early next year, if at all possible. I would love to see the beauty of my father’s home country, and to see what I have been doing to help my boy :). Many blessings to all of us who participate in such a wonderful organization!”

Third comment:

Elizabeth Williams writes: “Sponsoring has been a gift to me in so many ways. The other day without realizing it I mention Ada as my granddaughter to a friend.

” ‘I didn’t know that you had a granddaughter named Ada; whose daughter is she?’ she asked.

You don’t have to ever meet a child to love them; letters, cards and pictures bring another member into the family. My son brings in the mail and tells me here is a letter from your little girl. God bless you CFCA members, we are FAMILY.”

Fourth comment:

Don and Dolores Etzel write: “We have been sponsoring a young girl in Cuernavaca, Mexico, for several years. She is doing well in her schooling and is anxious to tell us about her accomplishments when she writes.

“We feel the sponsorship has been valuable in motivating her and recognizing her talents. She seems proud to have someone caring about her and wanting her to succeed.

“Her letters are very appreciative and make us feel loved too. She always asks about our grandchildren and our health. We especially love how she says she prays for us every day!

“Our hope is to take the tour to Cuernavaca, perhaps for her graduation.”‘

Note: We may not be giving away free desk calendars, but we are giving away a free Walk2gether bracelet to the winner of our caption contest! Feel free to enter by submitting a comment.

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Jan 19 2011

Indian sponsored friends celebrate Makar Sankranti

Pratyusha

Pratyusha, a CFCA sponsored child, draws a rangoli during Makar Sankranti, a major harvest festival in India.

Information for this article was contributed by Sreekanth Gundoji, the communications liaison in Hyderabad.

Many parts of India, especially rural areas, celebrate a major harvest festival, Makar Sankranti, every Jan. 13-16. The festival is tied to the lunar calendar.

Day one: Bhogi

On Bhogi, people burn old items to symbolize getting rid of the old to make way for the new.

Family members gather in the backyard of their house, collect useless furniture and wooden sticks and start the fire.

Afterward people wash their heads and wear fresh clothing. Women also make special dishes for the festival.

In the evening, many families, infants and children are showered with fruit called “regi pandlu” (jujube fruit) to protect them from evil.

Day two: Pedda Panduga

On this day, women and girls make colorful drawings, or “rangoli,” in front of their homes. Children also fly kites.

Rangoli competitions

Mothers take part in the rangoli competitions.

“Since the people living in slums do not have proper place to draw the rangoli, CFCA invited the sponsored members and their families to a common place, where the mothers gathered for rangoli competitions and to participate in song and dance competitions,” says Shilpa Indrakanti, a Hyderabad project staff member. “The participants were awarded accordingly. The children were given kites and gifts along with a tasty lunch.”

Pratyusha, 13, helps her mother by cooking paramannam, one of the festival dishes.

“I like this festival because this is the festival of rangoli,” Pratyusha said. “My mother will draw the outlines of the rangoli and I will do the coloring of it and while cooking paramannam, I cut the jaggery (a sweet food made from sugarcane) to help my mother.”

Day three: Kanuma

For Kanuma, people, especially in rural areas, decorate and feed cows, bulls and other animals important to the agrarian economy and rural culture.

Many farmers will cook and eat food in the fields. Most of the food is non-vegetarian and made from mutton and chicken.

Chandrakanth

Chandrakanth

Chandrakanth, 10, said he eats chicken curry cooked by his mother.

Sponsored members in CFCA’s Hyderabad project represent the religions of Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. They are invited to join in celebrating festivals of all three faiths. One of these is Makar Sankranti.

“We organize common recreation and fun activities with singing, dancing and cultural activities as well as writing competitions, quizzing, indoor and outdoor games and other group activities,” said Suresh Singareddy, Hyderabad project coordinator. “The children usually participate enthusiastically in all the events.”

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Jan 15 2011

More submissions for a free CFCA desk calendar

Recently we invited our blog readers to take advantage of an opportunity to receive a free 2011 CFCA desk calendar by sharing their sponsorship story with others.

Thanks to the seven people who submitted comments to our CFCA blog and won a calendar. We still have a limited number of calendars left, so feel free to submit other comments or blog posts for us and†let us know!

First comment:

Tom writes: “Bob, you continue to amaze me!!! Itís good to read your posts and to know that you are still on the march and still championing for the poor! god Bless you! Tom Zidon with sponcered children in Nicaragua.”

Second comment:

Carolyn writes: “It is snowing and blowing today in Kansas, but I am safe at home. From my cozy spot, I can only be amazed at the strength and fortitude that keeps you and the other walkers on the high road. God speed! I pray you have hot dinner and a warm bed each night!”

Third comment:

Theresa writes: “WOW! cannot imagine the stamina that it takes to hike up so high, but so close to heaven..as the song goes and encouragement for the remainer of your journeyÖ.îmay HE lift you up on eagles wings, bear you on the breath of dawn and make you to shine (for the world to see) like the sun and hold you in the palm of ìHISî hand. Blessings and grace to continue with and under the power of GOD! Theresa Howard, Alajuela Costa Rica”

Fourth comment:

Merton writes: “It is difficult to listen to you being out of breath because of the altitude. I know that God is with you and all the others and you are in my prayers. I can only imagine what it has been like along the route. God bless you!!!”

Fifth comment:

Lisa writes: “Wow, God is good. I sponsored a 14 year young man while I was on our trip to Merida. :) :)”

Sixth comment:

Margaret writes: “Thank you for your inspirational message. I have sponsored children in Guatemala for almost 20 years, and I appreciate learning more about its geography (your description was beautiful) and the broader effect of our sponsorship dollars. God bless you and everyone throughout the world who is seeking to regain his/her self -esteem.”

Seventh comment:

Margaret L. writes: “What a wonderful article. You captured the heart of sponsorship. My husband and I just returned from Bolivia, where we visited one of our sponsored children. A CFCA misson awareness trip is the icing on the cake of CFCA.”

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Jan 8 2011

Submissions for a free 2011 desk calendar

Recently we invited our blog readers to take advantage of an opportunity to receive a free 2011 CFCA desk calendar by sharing their sponsorship story with others.

Thanks to the three people who submitted comments to our CFCA blog and won a calendar! We still have a limited number of calendars left, so feel free to submit other comments or blog posts for us and†let us know!

First comment:

“I am writing about our sponsorship of Maria, who lives in Guatemala – about 3 hours from San Lucas.

Marsha's CFCA experience

Marsha meeting Maria and her family.

My husband and I have sponsored her since she was 5 and she is now 13. I have had the opportunity to go to Guatemala and meet with Maria on 3 differnat occasions.

It is the most wonderful feeling to be able to look that little girl in the eye and see the love that you have for each other.

I don’t speak Spanish and she doesn’t speak English. BUT no words need to be said when you get together and share that special time. And yes CFCA is so gracious to have a translator for you.

I have been able to write to her and send pictures and she in turn writes back and I have recieved many pictures over the yers. She has a special family and I have met mom and dad – Bonita and Antonio.

The love you see in their eyes is so amazing when they touch their heart and say thank you for what you do.

It has been an amazing experience to learn about Maria and her family and CFCA and about the country. I thank God for you all, and i will continue to go back and visit. What a blessing you all are.

Sincerely Marsha M – Minnesota”

Second comment:

“I have sponsored a few children who had to leave the program. I have sponsored Evelyn since she was 9. She is going to be 17. She brings me much joy through our letters. I hope to meet her this year. I have grown to love her as my own daughter. She gives me much more than I give her. I am blessed to have her in my life!

God Bless,
Anastasia Schiele”

Third comment:

“This past September my Dad passed away after battling cancer. My husband Nick and I had a great desire to honor my Dad’s memory and wanted to do more then just make a monetary donation to a cancer foundation, etc.

My parents had sponsored a young girl from Guatemala for several years and we were interested in learning more.

We visited the CFCA website to learn more information and thought, ‘What do I spend $30.00 a month on? Dinner out, a movie, ….’ Items or activities we never thought much about. We were overwhelmed to learn that $30/month could provide food, clothing, medical attention, schooling, etc. for a child in need.

We scanned through the young children featured on the website and as soon as we saw Daniel we felt an immediate connection to him. He had just lost his father around the same time my Dad passed away.

I was so fortunate to have my Dad for 38 years yet here was this young child, fatherless at only six, with siblings and in need of sponsorship. We immediately responded to sponsor Daniel and waited in anticipation for his packet and photo to arrive.

As excited as we were to receive our sponsored child’s info, reading it brought me to tears. After speaking with my husband we contact the CFCA office the following day to inquire if Daniel’s sibling was available for sponsorship as we were very touched by the family’s plight.

After a few weeks we learned Daniel’s sibling was not available so we in turn decided to sponsor an additional child. This time we chose a young girl from Guatemala. We just received Rosa’s information the other day and we are working on our letter and care package to send out to her.

We keep both children’s pictures framed in our family room with pictures of our other family and friends. They are now a part of our family!

I know my Dad would be so proud of us! My brother and his wife are also sponsoring a child. I urge my family and friends to do the same and try to get the word out about CFCA whenever I can.

Our sponsorships of these children have been one of the most rewarding experiences we have ever had and we look forward to having long and lasting relationships with these children and CFCA.

Thank you for all you do!

Nick and Kelly Avraam”

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Jan 5 2011

Get a free 2011 CFCA desk calendar

Update: The opportunity to get a free 2011 desk calendar is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!

2011 CFCA desk calendarWe recently put together a desk calendar that includes photos of some of the wonderful children and families served by CFCA throughout the world.

We would like to give you an opportunity to receive one of these calendars by sharing your sponsorship story with others. You can:

  • Write a blog post on your own blog about your personal sponsorship experience with CFCA and send us a link.
  • Write a guest blog post for us to post on the CFCA blog, then submit your post to us.
  • Leave a comment on a CFCA blog post of your choice to have your name entered in a daily drawing. A name will be randomly selected as the winner of a CFCA calendar.

We have only a limited number of calendars left, so please submit your entries to carlosc@cfcausa.org with the subject line, “Submission for 2011 desk calendar,” as soon as possible.

Thank you!

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