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Jul 20 2011

Illinois girl raises money for fishing nets in Philippines

Eleven-year-old Lily Camp, daughter of CFCA sponsors Laura and Chris Camp, will be interviewed tomorrow morning by a radio host in Springfield, Ill., to talk about her project to raise money for her familyís sponsored child.

Lily Camp raises money for fishing nets in the Philippines

Lily Camp with her “Pew Babies.”

Fourteen-year-old Siera, who lives in the Philippines, wrote and told the Camps that her family could not afford to keep her in school.

Siera lives in a remote fishing village, and even with CFCA sponsorship, transportation costs are very high.

Fishing is her familyís sole source of income, but Sieraís father could only borrow an old, worn-out net from a neighbor.

The Camps called CFCA asking what they could do, and learned from the family that the purchase of two fishing nets, costing a total of $235, would significantly increase the familyís income.

Lily then went to Goodwill and bought sheets to make rag dolls called ìPew Babies.î By selling these dolls for $10 apiece, Lily raised money to purchase the fishing nets.

Thanks to her efforts, the fishing nets will boost the familyís income and help keep Siera in school!

Lily and her father are going to WTAX for a 7:40 a.m., in-studio interview with Morning Newswatch host Bob Murray on Thursday, July 21.

We’re so grateful for your generosity and service, Lily! God bless in everything you do.

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Jul 18 2011

CFCA social worker discusses community transformation

Luis Cocon, our communications liaison in Guatemala, interviewed Alberto, a CFCA social worker in Colmenas, Guatemala. Alberto, known affectionately as ìDon Beto,î has worked in Colmenas since 2004 and through CFCA, brought the first outside help the residents had received.

The community transformation since CFCAís arrival there has been impressive, owing partly to Don Betoís dedication and the people’s motivation to see their community thrive. (See a video about the transformation.)

Alberto, CFCA social worker in Colmenas

Alberto, or “Don Beto”

When and how did you start in CFCA?

In 2004 when I began working in Colmenas.

I had always longed to work with people from a remote and marginalized community; I decided to work because of my love and compassion for these families and the conditions in which they survived.

After 10 days of meeting people I decided to come with all my things to live here and I stayed at the school in the community.

My first goal was to diagnose the situation and the families’ needs. That helped me determine what kind of crops could be cultivated, and it also allowed the people’s participation.

I lived in Colmenas for five years.

What struck you in Colmenas?

The homes: these little houses were built of nylon, one narrow room and the whole family lived there. Even their dogs slept in the same place because there was no space.

They had dirt floors and lots of dust; there were no latrines; and I saw many children with poor health. The community was abandoned by the authorities and there was no vehicle access because they had no roads.

I had never seen children in such extreme conditions of malnutrition. I felt compassion, sadness and I remembered my home; I compared my life to them and realized that I am a millionaire before these families.

How did you encourage people?

I started by providing training about hygiene and health.

Giving examples of other communities where I had previously worked, I encouraged them by providing spaces for their participation in the program.

In addition I frequently visited families to show my interest and listen to them. I invited them to watch videos about hygiene and about Pope John Paul II.

People understood everything because it is more visual with video and photos. In general the community of Colmenas was anxious and wanted a change.

What personal sacrifices did you have to make?

Read more…

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Jul 14 2011

Five ways to ‘visit’ your sponsored friend, part 3

We’re in the middle of a series about five ways to “visit” your sponsored friend that don’t involve an actual mission awareness trip!

CFCA mission awareness trip to Costa Rica

A CFCA mission awareness trip to Costa Rica.

So far we have two ways:

1) Cook a meal native to your friend’s ethnic cuisine and 2) Do something your friend likes doing.

The third is to:

3) Research your friend’s country.

Our country pages are a great place to start. Watch a video, see photos and learn more about your friend’s community.

Questions to consider:

ï Is your friend’s community urban or rural? Is transportation accessible?
ï What is the traditional costume of your friend’s country? Do you know the history behind it?
ï What’s the weather like?
ï The U.S. Census fact sheet from its 2005-2009 survey found that the average U.S. family size was 3.19. What’s the average family size for your friend’s country?
ï What is the country’s school system? The language(s) spoken there?
ï Does knowing more about the country help you understand your friend better? Why or why not?

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Jul 11 2011

Teen visits India, her homeland, on mission awareness trip

We received this lovely email from Maria, whose mother sponsors Sujatha in India through CFCA. Maria went on a January mission awareness trip to India, the land of her birth.

Hi, my name is Maria. I was born in India.

Maria, second from left, has her hair done by Sujatha, who is sponsored through CFCA. The other two girls pictured, background and right, are Sujatha’s sisters.

When I was 10, I was adopted and now I live in the USA. My family sponsors a girl my age, 16, in southern India.

This past January my mom and I joined 22 people on a CFCA mission awareness trip to southern India.

It was nice to be back home in India! I really enjoyed talking to and dancing with the kids that I met there. I loved the spicy food and sunshine!

We traveled by train to a small village to meet our sponsored child and her family.

I felt happy and welcomed by all the people we met on our trip. The CFCA people are very helpful and guide you every step of the way.

My favorite part about being back in India was that even though people were poor, they still had a smile on their faces and they were very sweet.

I hope some of you will go on a mission trip also. I hope some of you will also sponsor someone!

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Jul 7 2011

Five ways to ‘visit’ your sponsored friend, part 2

We’re in the middle of a series, “Five ways to ‘visit’ your sponsored friend” that don’t involve an actual mission awareness trip!

Our first suggestion was to cook a meal native to your friend’s ethnic cuisine. The second way is to:

2) Do something your friend likes doing.

CFCA sponsored children in the Dominican Republic

From left, Jefrey, Miguel and Angel are CFCA sponsored children in the Dominican Republic.

What are your friend’s hobbies? Does he/she like to play soccer†or cricket? Cook? Dance? Play marbles?

On another note, what are your friend’s duties and chores around the house? How similar/different are they to your duties?

Set aside a time when you can also participate in your friend’s hobbies and interests, then let your friend know about it in your next letter.

It will be even more memorable if it’s something you don’t do regularly!

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Jul 6 2011

School starting for Indian schoolchildren

CFCA sponsored children go to school in India

Remi, a CFCA sponsored child in India, leaves for school as her mother, Jyotsna, waves goodbye. CFCA has provided Remi with new school supplies.

Many U.S. schoolchildren are still enjoying summer vacation, but CFCA sponsored children in Hyderabad, India, resumed classes in mid- to late June.

(See school calendars around the world in an earlier blog post.)

Sponsorship support allows parents to pay school fees due at the beginning of the academic year, and to buy shoes and textbooks.

The project supplies school bags for the children, and notebooks made by a CFCA bookbinding livelihood program.

In livelihood programs, parents of sponsored children form small groups to develop creative and practical income-generating ideas.

Because of the program, the project can supply the books at a lower price while maintaining quality, as well as providing families with much-needed income.

CFCA-Hyderabad deposits a portion of the sponsorship funds in child accounts at local banks.

Mothers of sponsored children withdraw funds from the accounts to pay school fees and buy uniforms, textbooks and shoes.

This model helps give families a greater sense of dignity as they are actively participating in, not passively receiving, increased access to education.

A mother of a CFCA sponsored child in India withdraws funds for school

A mother of a sponsored child withdraws money from her local bank.

“With this money I am able to send my child to a high-quality school, thanks to CFCA,” said Jayamma, whose daughter, Nagalaxmi, is sponsored.

Vijaya Rani, another mother of a sponsored child, says that school fees and other school-related costs have increased.

“With the amount which we are getting through CFCA, we are able to bear these expenses,” she said.

For many sponsored children, education is opening doors to a realm of new possibilities.

“My ambition is to become an engineer,” Nagalaxmi said. “For that I need to work hard.”

Go for it, Nagalaxmi! We wish you and your family all the best.

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Jun 16 2011

CFCA staffers in Guatemala share insights at team meeting

The Hermano Pedro project in Guatemala recently conducted a regional team meeting of representatives from each of the eight regions in CFCA-Guatemala.

FCA-Guatemala livelihood jam- and jelly-making project

CFCA scholars chop pineapples to make jam in a livelihood project in Guatemala.

During the three-day meeting, the teams visited several CFCA livelihood projects, including a jam- and jelly-making livelihood project operated by CFCA scholars and a chicken livelihood project operated by a mothers group.

The meeting’s objective is to share best practices and demonstrate for the other regions how the regional project is executing the sponsorship program with families.

“CFCA is here to be a support for the families,” said Brother Jorge Armas Montes, Hermano Pedro project coordinator. “These meetings are also an opportunity to learn about the efforts of sponsored families, which motivates us to continue to work more intensely, because we owe it to them.”

Alvaro Aguilar Aldana, Northeast regional coordinator, said the challenges facing sponsored members are great.

“Our communities are remote,” he said. “We want to share with everyone how we are walking with families and also how we are learning from them so that other regions may share this with their teams.”

Brother Jorge Armas

Brother Jorge Armas

Alvaro Aguilar Aldana

Alvaro Aguilar Aldana

Over the 16 years he’s worked with CFCA, Alvaro said, he’s witnessed the transformation of the teams as they exchange ideas.

“When I started in CFCA many of us did not know each other or how we worked with families,” he said. “Now it is wonderful to see us together, meet and engage in dialogue of learning through these meetings that lead us to grow.”

He’s seen the effects of these meetings in the field, too.

“Before when we arrived at the villages, children would take off running,” he said. “Now the people have learned to trust us, and they share a sense of community. This is what we want, and this is what CFCA wants to achieve.”

He’s also taken some personal lessons home from these meetings.

“We all feel like a single family, and I have learned about the admirable work of the [CFCA] social workers,” he said. “I have felt the presence of God in each of the people with whom we share.

“I have felt the call of the Lord to serve those who live in poverty and with all these people who have a desire for a better tomorrow and a healthier country.”

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