Apr 12 2013

How do I make a special donation for my sponsored friend?

Ask Sponsor ServicesQ. I learned through my sponsored friend’s family profile that she sleeps on a straw mat, and I would like to buy her a bed. Is there a way to make an extra contribution for my sponsored friend beyond the $30 monthly sponsorship contribution?

A. CFCA has several funds designed to address special circumstances of sponsored friends and their families. If your friend tells you of a special circumstance through their letters and you want to make a special contribution, contact Sponsor Services for assistance.

CFCA and our field staff will work with your sponsored friend and family to use your contribution effectively. Once your friend’s needs have been addressed, any unused portion of the funds may be used to help another member of your sponsored friend’s family or another person in the CFCA community.

Special needs funds allow you to help address critical needs identified by your sponsored friend or family that go beyond what regular monthly sponsorship can cover. Needs may include medical emergencies, home furnishing items, housing repairs or assistance in times of financial crisis.

Please note that donations for special needs must be handled through Sponsor Services.

For more information, please email mail@cfcausa.org or call Sponsor Services at (800) 875-6564 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.

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Mar 18 2013

23 quick tips to cut international travel costs

CFCA scholars in Bolivia

Alison, a CFCA sponsored youth, and Felix, brother of a CFCA sponsored child, perform a dance to welcome sponsors on a CFCA awareness trip to Bolivia.

Interested in traveling internationally, but unsure how much it will cost? With a little planning and budgeting, the costs may not be as formidable as you think.

CFCA’s awareness trip coordinators Karen Allemang, Stacy King and Erika McDonnell provide 23 helpful tips for reducing overall travel costs:

Disclaimer: Saving a few dollars here and there is not worth risking your personal safety. Please use common sense when planning personal travel and make safe choices.

Research lodging options

  • Look into whether it is less expensive to join a package tour, stay at an all-inclusive resort, or plan your own adventure (reserving your own transportation to your destination, in-country transportation, lodging and activities). You might be surprised at the price difference, depending on the type of trip you are considering.
  • Consider staying at a local bed and breakfast, hostel or small family-run hotel. They are usually less expensive and will give you a local taste of the country plus recommendations on what to do in the area.
  • Explore affordable entertainment options and activities.
  • †Borrow travel books from the library about your destination. A lot of museums offer free entry once a month. Take these days into consideration while planning.
  • If you qualify for a student or senior discount, make the best use of it! Many hotels, parks, museums and transportation services offer these types of discounts.

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