Tag Archives: food

Mar 11 2013

Food stand in India supports family of 12

Dosa

Meena preparing dosa, an Indian food.

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. Here’s the story of Meena, 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

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Feb 15 2013

A day in the life: Preparing spring onions in Guatemala

By Judy-Anne Goldman, CFCA multimedia manager/producer

Juana, the mother of two CFCA sponsored children, cleans scallions, also known as spring onions, for 8 hours a day, three days a week in a small town in Guatemala.

Preparing spring onions with CFCA in Guatemala

Does she get tired of onions after all that time? “No!” Juana said. Her appreciation only grows. “Our onions are good. People in other towns and countries come to buy them. You should try them grilled,” she suggested. “It will make your mouth water!”

Women in Guatemala prepare spring onions

From left: Lucia, Zoila, Ramos and Juana start their work day at 8 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m., peeling spring onions that are a delicious part of local meals. Lucia and Juana are mothers of CFCA sponsored children, Zoila is sponsored through CFCA, and Ramos is a former sponsored child. Read more

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Oct 16 2011

Blog Action Day: How food affects us all

Food: Blog Action Day 2011CFCA has joined Blog Action Day, which asks bloggers to post about the same issue on the same day. This year, the subject is about food.

According to the Blog Action Day website, this is “an opportunity to open the conversation about how food impacts all of us ñ individually and globally.”

We’ll start with the global overview on food and then focus on something you can do individually to connect with your sponsored friend through eating (always a fun activity!).

Globally ñ putting food on the table

To improve long-term food security, CFCA has a food assistance fund to support the nutritional and food security needs for families in our sponsorship program.

See this video from our archives about how sponsorship benefits and CFCA food grants can help families put food on the table for years, even after sponsorship has ended.

Individually

A powerful way to connect with people from different cultures is to prepare and taste food from their own countries.

We’ve collected a wealth of recipes from the countries in which CFCA works. Perhaps for Blog Action Day, you could try one or two of these!

How does this topic affect you and your family? We welcome your comments!

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Aug 31 2011

Recipe from Costa Rica – olla de carne y verduras

Olla de carne y verduras in Costa Rica

Olla de carne y verduras, or a pot of meat and vegetables, fresh and steaming from Costa Rica!

CFCA serves more than 7,000 sponsored children and elderly in Costa Rica. Our staff members there sent us this recipe for olla de carne y verduras, roughly translated: a pot of meat and vegetables.

This recipe is for four to five people. See the recipe

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Jul 29 2011

How to make chapattis (Indian flatbread) and egg curry – recipe

Chapattis with egg curry and onions

Chapattis with egg curry and onions … mmm!

CFCA serves approximately 34,000 sponsored children and elderly in India. Sreekanth Gundoji, our communications liaison in Hyderabad, India, sends us this gorgeous recipe for chapattis and egg curry!

Chapattis are the perfect accompaniment to most Indian dishes. They can be eaten with meat and vegetarian curries, fruits, jam, yogurt, butter, chutneys, pickles, etc.

This recipe is for two to three people. See the recipe and pictures

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