Tag: Christian Foundation for Children and Aging

Jan 4 2013

Widowed mother starts her own business

Md. Baby and her son Anwar.

Md. Baby and her son Anwar.

We recently heard from our Hyderabad project in India about several mothers of sponsored children who are exemplifying the potential of families living in poverty. Hereís the story of Md. Baby ó enjoy!

I was married at an early age. My husband died after the birth of our only son Anwar.

Since then, my problems increased.

I learned to sew after my husband passed away, and I used to go the fields to work as a daily laborer to provide for my family.

When I heard about CFCA sponsorship, I went to apply for the program.

The sponsorship program has given a new hope for me in the form of self-help groups.

As I already knew how to sew, I was interested in opening a tailoring shop that also sells sewing items. Read the rest of Md. Baby’s story

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Jan 3 2013

Food prices rise around the world

Rising-food-prices-TMBFood prices have increased in recent months, and families in the CFCA program have been affected by the higher costs.

Thanks to CFCA sponsorship, many families have access to direct nutrition benefits or livelihood programs that help them increase their earning potential.

Read the full story about rising food prices and what CFCA is doing to help sponsored friends and their families meet their nutritional needs.

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Jan 2 2013

Christmas reflection: Following the stars

Larry LivingstonEvery Wednesday during the Advent/Christmas season, we will post a reflection in hopes that it may help you on your own journey. This week’s reflection is offered by Larry Livingston, CFCA director of church relations.

“They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.” (Matthew 2:10)

One of the few things we are told about the mysterious group of visitors called the Magi is that they saw, in the ascension of a star, the sign of a new king.

According to the story of the Epiphany in Matthew’s Gospel, that star led them to the Christ-child, but the details of their amazing journey remain a mystery.

Perhaps that lack of detail is one reason why the story of the Magi has so captured the imaginations of Christians throughout the centuries. Each of us must answer for ourselves why we think these travelers followed the star. And, in so doing, we are invited to reflect on the ‘stars’ that we ourselves follow.

Our stars come in a variety of forms and, like the literal stars in the heavens, they can both illuminate and consume.

Some people follow stars of greed and selfishness while others are guided by stars of compassion and generosity.

Whatever values form the trajectory of a person’s life, there can be found that person’s star. read the rest of the reflection

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Dec 31 2012

4 social media resolutions for 2013

Elizabeth-AlexIn observance of New Year’s Day, CFCA’s Kansas City headquarters will be closed Jan. 1, 2013. Happy New Year!

By Elizabeth Alex, CFCA community outreach and media relations director

A New Year begins tomorrow, and if you are like many planning to make some New Yearís resolutions, CFCA has a few ideas that are outside the usual realm of losing weight and exercising more.

The children, families and aging friends of CFCA need your help in spreading the word about the good being done in the field and here at home.

The best news of all: it doesnít cost anything near what a gym membership would set you back. In fact, it wonít cost you anything at all.

Make a New Yearís resolution to tell the CFCA story to your social media world.

1) Help us find sponsors through social media.sponsorships

In 2012 CFCA found sponsors for 63 children through social media.

Weíve raised the goal to 75 for 2013.

You can help make this happen simply by sharing CFCA’s photos of children and aging friends in need of sponsors on your own social media.

You can find us on all of the major social media channels: our blog, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. See the other resolutions

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Dec 29 2012

Three generations give back through sponsorship

Erin meets her sponsored friend, Jose, Dec. 28 while on a CFCA awareness trip in Guatemala.

Erin meets her sponsored friend, Jose, Dec. 28 while on a CFCA awareness trip in Guatemala.

For Erin Gaffaney, CFCA sponsorship runs in the family.

Erin learned about CFCA through her grandfather, Harold.

Over the years, Harold talked to his family about sponsorship and it stuck with them.

“Over time I think some of his children and grandchildren saw the example he was setting and we now sponsor kids or elderly people ourselves,” Erin said.

Erin, an elementary school music teacher, sponsors an elderly gentleman, Jose, in Guatemala. Sheís also using her musical talents to support CFCA’s work.

Erin collaborated with a friend to record a Christmas CD titled, “Prepare Him Room.” The duo will be donating proceeds to CFCA.

“It was never our intent to make this CD a money-making venture,” Erin said. “It thrilled me more to make a quality product knowing that what we were doing was really going to affect people’s lives.”

The musical team put on two CD release parties in their local area and had CFCA sponsorship folders displayed on tables during the live shows.

Erin said CFCA was on the top of her mind when she was thinking about where proceeds would be donated because she was getting ready to meet her sponsored friend on a CFCA awareness trip. She met Jose Dec. 28 at the CFCA center in Guatemala.

The group of sponsors participating in the trip includes her grandfather, mother and two sisters.

“It’s kind of turned out to become a generational thing,” she said, “which is really neat to see.”

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Dec 28 2012

Only a few days left for 2012 tax-deductible gifts

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Mounica unrolls a mat onto the earthen floor of her familyís small home in India, getting ready for bed. Her eyes are heavy, but her heart is full.

She used to lie awake at night wondering if she would be sent home from school the next day. Her parents’ unsteady income of $2 a day wasnít enough to pay the required school fees.

But now, thanks to help from generous donors like you, Mounica sleeps soundly, dreaming about the day she will have a class of her own to teach, confident that she will make that dream a reality.

For young people living in poverty, education is the key to a better life. But when you worry daily about having enough food to eat, other necessities like school fees and supplies become a luxury you canít afford.

The CFCA Scholarship Fund helps hard-working teens attend school and pursue their dreams. Because itís those dreams ó to be a teacher, engineer or nurse ó that will enable them to build a path out of poverty.

Your tax-deductible gift to the CFCA Scholarship Fund makes those dreams a reality.

Donate today and give life to a studentís dream.

2012 year-end donations may be made until 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31.

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Dec 27 2012

And CFCA’s best 2012 blog post is …

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We asked, and you voted!

Recently we invited our readers to vote on which was our best blog post of 2012.

All of the posts were wonderful, but as always, there had to be a winner.

ëWhy I believe in sponsorshipí by Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent, came in first place.

A close second (with only 4 votes making the difference) was from CFCA writer/editor, Veronica Batton with 18 small gift ideas to send in your Christmas card.

In third place was Diego in Colombia gets his bicycle.

Thanks, again, to everyone who responded to our survey.

Happy New Year, and we hope 2013 brings more and even better stories to the CFCA community!

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