Feb 2 2011

Dowry abuse ñ too high a price

Imagine that you are a woman in India engaged to be married. Your family has limited financial resources and can’t pay the full dowry to your fiancÈ.

Dowry abuse in India This is embarrassing to you, but things are about to get much worse.

After the marriage, you discover that your new husband is abusive, especially when he is drunk. He beats you, sometimes publicly, demanding that your family pay the full dowry.

What can you do?

The practice of dowry abuse ñ extorting money from the brideís family through a dowry ñ continues in India today. It’s often done in secret because dowry abuse is prohibited by law.

Read more about how CFCA is helping empower women through education and other means to cope with dowry abuse.

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Jan 31 2011

Wisdom of the Ages: Truphena, 78, from Kenya

Here is an interview that Regina Mburu, CFCA communications liaison in Kenya, conducted with Truphena, 78. Truphena is in the Hope for a Family sponsorship program in Kenya.

What is your secret for long life?

Growing up in the village I had the chance to eat healthy foods, nothing artificial, only fresh food from the farm and fresh fish from the lake. This has greatly contributed to my long life.

Truphena from Kenya

Truphena, sponsored through CFCA’s Hope for a Family program in Kenya.

What advice do you have for young people?

I would urge young people to be content with what they can afford. Desiring what is not within their reach can lead them along the wrong path. The youth should also learn that hard work is the only way to achieve what you desire. Listening to the advice given to them by the aging is also very important, if they want to succeed.

What is the most important thing that your mother taught you?

My mother emphasized respect. She told me that to live a fruitful life, one must respect everybody that they come across.

Whatís your favorite food?

I enjoy eating fresh fish from the lake and ugali (a mixture of water and maize flour).

What do you like most about CFCA?

CFCA has supported me by giving me nutritional benefits. I am an old woman and am not able to work and get money to buy food. I am grateful to CFCA because I never go hungry. When I am sick, CFCA helps me get the treatment that I require. The people in CFCA have become part of my family; they talk with me and listen to me, and I feel much appreciated.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go and why?
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Dec 30 2010

Family stands strong while mother is away

When Kenia was 14, her mother moved to Costa Rica with Keniaís oldest brother to find work and left Kenia and two brothers behind. For the past two years, Kenia has been raised by her brother, Juan Carlos. Kenia and Juan Carlos are sponsored through CFCAís Hope for a Family program. Kenia talks about how the separation has affected her and her family.

How did you feel when your mother and older brother left Nicaragua for Costa Rica?

It was very sad and very difficult. But because of the country’s economic situation, they were forced to leave.

How do you feel now?

I have had to get used to it since, even though she is far away from us, she calls us always and is always waiting for us to call. It is very difficult, but life is like that. One never thinks that these things could happen.

Raul, Juan Carlos, and Kenia

From left are Raul, Juan Carlos and Kenia.

Do you miss your mother?

Yes, because she has been a very good mother, a fighter, who in spite of all that has happened, has always fought for her children’s well-being.

I always imagine that the New Year or some other vacation period is coming so that she can return and we can be together again.

Do you have family to care for you, or only Juan Carlos?

Yes, thank God that besides my brothers, Raul and Carlos, some people will give me support and strength to carry on. They are not relatives but it is as though they were. They are always watching out for me, and I am very grateful. They are the couple who are pastors of the church that I attend.

How do you help your brother at home?

We will help each other, whether with household chores, which we divide among ourselves, or with our studies with which my brother Carlos helps me as I help my younger brother Raul. So we have learned that despite things that happen, love and the unifying element of family always prevail.

Where do you go to school?

I study at an institute about four blocks from my house. I am in the fourth year of secondary school, which is a little difficult for me, but with some effort I will make headway because our lives are like a race in which you have to struggle to win the prize.

What do you want to be in your life?

God willing, next year I will graduate from secondary school. At first I wanted to study to be a teacher, but also to be a nurse, and I have decided to study nursing.

What are your dreams and hopes?

To see myself fulfilled, to obtain a professional career, work and help my mother and little brother, since my mother has been that source of strength in those moments when I feel that I cannot continue. I remember what she does for me and I continue on.

Other wishes are to have the opportunity of knowing different countries, to mix well with people and to have new friends.

Read the story about Kenia’s brother, Juan Carlos.

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Dec 21 2010

Blogs and news articles featuring CFCA

Weíve had a number of great blog posts and news articles featuring us recently. Thanks to all for their support!

  1. The Intermountain Catholic News, from the Diocese of Salt Lake City, wrote a report about†two sponsors traveling to India to meet their sponsored children.
  2. The Kansas Mom blog featured a lovely testimonial about one sponsor’s experience of our Hope for a Family program.
  3. The story about Liberty Sementelli, an 8-year-old who raised $1,500 for a Guatemalan mothers group making chocolate, is getting amazing reception in all her local news outlets! Check out our report.
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May 15 2010

Show your family some love

Weekends in May can be busy, with a mixture of graduations, end-of-school preparations and weddings going on. But today, International Family Day, try to take a moment to gather around you those you love, and let them know how much you appreciate them, whether it be a phone call, a high five or a hug.

We’ll leave you with an inspirational story of a strong family, sent to us by the CFCA Quezon project.

This is about how Noemi and her family survived the wrath of ìPepeng,î the typhoon that hit Northern Luzon. It was Oct. 8, when the heavy rains and strong winds started to ravage the town where they lived. The familyís small hut was situated on the hill side. The continuous wind and rain made the family nervous and worried, keeping them all awake.

It was midnight when suddenly they heard a roaring sound coming from the mountain. The father cautioned the family to stay close together and to embrace each other, and they prayed. In a minute, they and their hut were being carried by the mudslide coming from the mountain. Even during that time, they never let go of each other. As they struggled against the falling stones and mud, Noemiís mother seriously injured her arms with a piece of bamboo, but she just ignored it: all she cared about at that time was the safety of her children.

When they were able to come out of their hut, they rushed to their relative’s house for shelter, waiting for the morning to come.

With the projectís aid and with additional assistance from CFCA, the family was able to rebuild a new house and able to start a new life again. With the familyís strong faith and love for each other, they were able to survive the storm that nearly took their lives.

Noemi is a 4th year high school student who has been sponsored since kindergarten.

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Mar 10 2009

Support in a time of need

Dan Pearson of CFCA’s international programs introduces us to Preethi (a fictional name to protect her privacy), mother of a sponsored child and a member of one of India’s mothers groups. The women in her mothers group offered Preethi and her family a loan, protection and support during a time of great need. Now Preethi and her family have stable jobs, steady income and her child is attending school. Part two of four videos

Creating role models close to home (Part 4)
Mothers share their talents to improve their community (Part 3)
Watch an introduction to mothers groups (Part one)
What do we mean by “empowerment?”

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Dec 29 2008

Rewards from 2008; blessings for 2009

Thank you, CFCA sponsors and donors, for all of the support youíve provided this year to our friends and families around the world. The gifts youíve given and love youíve shown to the children, youth and elderly living in poverty have made an enormous difference in their lives, the lives of their families and in our own lives. Itís a success that the whole CFCA community can share

To qualify for a 2008 tax deduction…
Online credit card contributions:
Midnight Central time, Dec. 31
Automatic bank withdrawal, online or by phone:
2 p.m. Central time, Dec. 30

What weíve done together
Even in the face of the economic downturn, we have achieved so much. With your support, weíve helped children go to school for the first time, and weíve helped older youth finish school. Weíve helped mothers give their families nutritious food to eat. Weíve provided roofs for houses, and materials for home repairs. Grandparents receive vital health care, children get to visit the dentist, and communities of CFCA parents are strengthened by the opportunity to learn income-generating skills or start small businesses.

We have partnered with our friends through sponsorship. Weíve also helped through donations to special funds. And through the Sponsorship Assistance Fund, weíve helped fellow sponsors continue their sponsorships during rough times like job loss and health issues.

Good news from 2008
We began 2008 with good news. Together, we reached the $100 million revenue milestone — a testament to the trust sponsors place in CFCA as good stewards. Itís really remarkable that each of us giving about $30 a month can make such a huge impact.

CFCA is also recognized for our commitment to responsible stewardship by three of the leading nonprofit watchdog agencies. We received the highest rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator; we met all 20 of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Allianceís rigorous Standards for Charity Accountability; and we earned the American Institute of Philanthropyís A+ rating, the only organization listed in the child-sponsorship category to receive an A+.

And another achievement we can all feel especially good about: We will begin 2009 with more sponsors and more sponsored friends being helped than we had a year ago.

Year-end contribution deadlines
As much as we have done, there is more that we can and will do together. To celebrate the end of the year with a contribution and qualify for a 2008 tax deduction, here are the deadlines:

  • Online credit card contributions: Midnight Central time, Dec. 31
  • Automatic bank withdrawal, online or by phone: 2 p.m. Central time, Dec. 30

A blessed new year ahead
We are grateful for your compassion and partnership with CFCA. Together, we are making a difference in each life we touch. Together, we make the world a better place for everyone.

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