We recently met Celina, mother of two sponsored children in the Hope for a Family sponsorship program in Colombia. Through CFCA, Celina was able to purchase the required materials she needed to start her own homemade empanada business and make the dream of owning her first home a reality.
Harry Garcia, our communications liaison in Colombia, visited Celina in her new home and sent us an update of what she’s doing now and how the Hope for a Family program is still making a difference in her and her family’s life. Continue reading
By Amanda Burian, CFCA communications project manager
Not long ago, owning a home that was safe and comfortable seemed like an unattainable dream for Rigoberto and Audelina, the parents of four young children in Guatemala.
“[Owning a home] might have been in my dreams, but it was never considered a reality,” Rigoberto said.
In February, the family received the keys to their very own home. Their dreams were made possible through the support of Ken and Linda Vilag, who sponsor two of their girls: Helen, who goes by her middle name, Dayana; and Natali.
Before receiving support through sponsorship, the family faced many hardships and daily life was a struggle.
They lived on the property of Audelina’s brother and didn’t have much to call their own.
“We only had one room built with tin sheets,” Rigoberto said. “We were all piled up in that room. There was no space for our things, and it was chaotic at times. Read more
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 Meena ó enjoy!
Ours is a large family. We have a total of 12 people staying under one roof.
I am the eldest daughter-in-law of the family. My husband and his two brothers run a food delivery service on the side of a busy street. The other ladies of the household and I support them by preparing chutneys, curries, mixing the flour for dosa (a type of crepe or flat pancake) and also by washing dishes.
My husband’s family has been in this business since before we were married. My son, Shiva, is sponsored through CFCA.
When I got the opportunity to take a loan from my CFCA mothers group for the first time, I purchased a grinder.
Before this, we used to mix the dough and grind it manually in a stone grinder.
Now with the help of an electric grinder, our work is much easier. Read more
Looking for a meaningful way to make a difference, pay it forward or reach out to someone in need? These are all reasons that people choose to sponsor a child or elderly friend through CFCA.
Using comments from our blog, we’ve compiled eight reasons why people choose to sponsor:
- ‘Be a voice’ for the voiceless
Ted Dauphin: “As sponsors we can be the voice of those living in extreme poverty. We have an opportunity to help others enjoy a better life.”
- Make a difference for a child
Katie: “I began my journey with CFCA while I was in college. My parents sponsored a young child, and encouraged me to do the same. Being that I was a broke college student, $30 seemed a lot at the time. However, I realized that what $30 did for me was not nearly what it could do for someone in poverty. I resolved to do whatever it took to always have at least $30 in my bank account for sponsorship. Read more
Roxana created the painting, pictured in the background, which reflects her experience with CFCA Hope for a Family sponsorship.
CFCA recently celebrated 25 years of service in El Salvador. The sponsorship program began in El Salvador in 1985 with 25 sponsored children. Today, CFCA serves more than 12,000 sponsored children, youth and aging members around the country.
As part of the different activities organized by CFCA-Santa Ana to commemorate this special milestone, a drawing and painting contest was held for sponsored members who wanted to participate. The topic was “CFCA as hope for a family.”
Roxana Maribel, 16, won first place with her original painting, “Before and After.” It reflects her deep sense of transformation in the 14 years she has been sponsored through CFCA.
My name is Roxana Maribel. I am 19 years old and live in the city of Santa Ana in El Salvador. Since kindergarten, I enjoyed drawing and painting.
Over the years, I have taught myself different techniques. Nothing professional, but something I enjoyed as a hobby.
When I was told about the drawing and painting contest, I decided to participate with a painting that would somehow show myself reflected in it.
This painting reflects the changes in my life and the lives of many others, thanks to all the support I have received from my sponsor. To me, painting is a simple way to express my feelings and thoughts. I like people to see what I feel.
I feel happy that I won first place in the contest. My family was very supportive and felt happy with my achievement.
I have many dreams for my future. The main ones are to be closer to our Lord, to become a professional woman and to be able to help my family.
~Interview by Jorge Castaneda, communication center staff member; photos by Daniel Hernandez
Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers. On this day, we decided to highlight the love of a special family CFCA serves in Colombia.
Lidia, center, with her three children, from left: Duvon, Yuri and Wilmer.
Benjamin and Lidia are two hard-working parents trying to provide the best for their three children ñ Duvon, Wilmer and Yuri. The two eldest are sponsored in CFCA’s Hope for a Family program.
Lidia is active in a CFCA mothers group and has joined the ìMothers as Leadersî workshop, which prepares mothers to be leaders in their communities and serve as project liaisons for emergencies, announcements and program activities.
“This workshop relieves my stress,” Lidia said. “It’s my time ó a moment for me to step away from washing, cooking and milking. We do exercises, lie on the floor, relax and forget about our burdens. We close our eyes and learn to give ourselves time to realize that we are valuable women.”
The group ñ a source of friendship, community and education ñ has become Lidiaís own valentine. It has given her new skills and renewed her commitment to provide the best possible future for her children.
This family’s love is mirrored in thousands of other families throughout the CFCA world. On Valentineís Day, we celebrate that love.