Mar 12 2013

Cristo Rey student learns importance of global citizenship

Dallas Parker

Dallas Parker, a Cristo Rey student and CFCA communications intern.

Our CFCA office participates in Cristo Rey Kansas City High School’s work-study program, where students work five days a month at a local company or organization. Dallas Parker, a Cristo Rey student and CFCA communications intern, describes her experience in our Kansas City office.

Working at CFCA has been a great experience for me. I am being exposed to many aspects of mass media and communications. My goal is to be well-rounded in those areas.

Right now, I am a junior at Cristo Rey and participate in its work-study program.

I have not always worked in the communications department at CFCA.

I began working with the child services department. There, I got to see firsthand the letters to sponsors from their sponsored children!

I thought that was the coolest thing ever. I even scanned photos of the actual children being sponsored all over the world, which were then put into the CFCA database.

As a communications intern at CFCA, I have learned a lot about myself. I believe working here has strengthened me spiritually and mentally. Read more

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Mar 8 2013

Trip to Kenya: ‘Becoming an instrument of peace’

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“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies awareness trip participants. You can see Bob’s full update on his Facebook page.

Heartfelt greetings from Kenya.

I am very grateful to the Kansas City awareness trip team and the staff in Kenya for all of their preparation for this journey.

Photo credits for this report go to Regina Mburu, CFCA communications liaison for Africa. Regina was with the group for the entire trip. Don’t miss her latest blog post, which features her reflection about her visit to Madagascar.

The estimated 2012 population in Kenya topped 43 million, with more than 3 million living in Nairobi, the capital and largest city. Read more

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Mar 5 2013

Lawrence, our brother: Blogger shares sponsorship experience

We’re delighted to share a guest post from Rachel Balducci about her CFCA sponsorship experience. Rachel describes herself first and foremost as a wife and mother. She and her husband, Paul, are the proud parents of five boys and one daughter.


Lawrence, the young man Rachel and her family sponsor.

I hate to admit this, but I usually sort of dread guest speakers at Mass. Especially if they speak at the end of Mass when, as is the case with four little boys, I am generally at my wits end.

That was my attitude years ago, as I sat and wrestled my four young sons. A visiting priest climbed up onto the lectern and as he began to speak, I whispered a prayer that my boys could behave for a few extra minutes. Never mind what the priest was about to say, I just wanted to not cause a scene.

Father was at our Mass that weekend to talk about a sponsorship program through Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA). And as he began to speak, something stirred within me, and my focus shifted from anxiety about my children’s behavior to what this priest was actually saying.

“We need to do this,” I whispered to my husband, seated at the other end of the pew. “I want to sponsor someone.”

In those few minutes that Father spoke, the Holy Spirit changed something inside me. I wanted to be a part of this. I wanted to help. Read more

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Mar 4 2013

Florida youth raises awareness of CFCA through crafts


Grace, 11, raises awareness of CFCA through selling crafts she made.

No matter how old or young a person might be, anyone can change the world.

Grace Castillo, an 11-year-old from Florida, has proven this to be true through her tremendous efforts raising awareness and funds in support of CFCA’s work.

Grace, who sponsors a child, fellow 11-year-old Salvador from the Philippines, loves to make arts and crafts. She has taken her creations to church craft fairs, selling crocheted hair accessories and other items to benefit Salvador and others in need.

“She is truly our Amazing Grace,” said Abegail Castillo, Grace’s mother. “We are so proud of her for putting her faith into action.”

Grace participated in her first craft fair in November. She sold crocheted headbands, hair accessories, decorated picture frames, magnets, bookmarks, handmade necklaces and bracelets.

“Another vendor at the craft fair was so moved by Graceís passion for CFCA that she invited Grace to participate in another craft fair the following month,” Abegail said.

When people stop by her booth, Grace introduces herself and states that the items at the booth are her creations. She then explains that the net proceeds from her booth go to CFCA.

She talks about what CFCA stands for and how it helps people in need, and she gives them an informational brochure. To top it all off, she shows them a picture of Salvador and talks about how special he is to her and her family.

“Grace’s dream for Salvador is to know that God is always with him, even when life is tough,” Abegail said. “It’s very heart
-warming to see so many who hear Grace’s message of loving God through loving others and be moved by her compassionate heart,” Abegail said.

After selling her crafts in a few more fairs, Grace would like to host and play violin for a benefit concert at her home, to create greater awareness of CFCA.

Click here to learn more about how, like Grace, you can tell others about CFCA.

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Mar 1 2013

Good news around the CFCA world

Here are just a couple of the awesome ways that sponsored children, aging friends and their families serve as agents of change in their local communities!

1) Fathers of sponsored children honored for work with blood donations

Dugong Bayani Awards

The CFCA-Antipolo staff was recognized at the Dugong Bayani Awards for efforts to save lives through blood donations.

CFCA-Antipolo was among the national recipients of the Dugong Bayani Awards.

“Dugo” means blood, and “Bayani” means hero.

The award is a special recognition given to a group or organization by the Philippine Blood Center of the Department of Health. The award honors heroism in saving lives through blood donations.

Since 2002, CFCA-Antipolo has held blood drives with the families and the community.

Some communities are partnering with the Philippine National Red Cross and some with the Philippine Blood Center of the health department.

Many sponsored youth and their families, as well as project staffers, are blood donors. The ERPAT fathers groups often spearhead the blood donation activities. (ERPAT stands for Empowerment and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities. The groups were started by dads of CFCA sponsored children.) Read more

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Feb 27 2013

Elderly woman finds hope in sponsorship

InesInes, a sponsored aging friend in El Salvador, has experienced much loss in her life.

Through CFCAís Hope for a Family program, Ines and all sponsored aging friends can renew their sense of hope and well-being.

CFCA provides benefits such as food, health care and clothing for older adults, but one of the most important benefits we provide is friendship.

For some sponsored aging friends, CFCA gatherings and events are their only time for social interaction.

Ines tells her story in this beautiful video.

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Feb 21 2013

Helping families achieve self-sufficiency, part 1: Kenya

By Kristin Littrell, CFCA correspondent

CFCA is not a one-size-fits-all organization. We rely on our field staffs to know the families in each community, to listen to their needs and hopes, and to provide a program that empowers them to build a path out of poverty.

We give you a window into several CFCA communities, to gauge the success of the Hope for a Family sponsorship program.

Hope for a Family in Nakuru, Kenya

Patrick and Rose

Rose and Patrick proudly display some of the items they sell at their art gallery.

A stone art gallery is tucked away down a bustling street in Nakuru,Kenya. Inside, beautiful wood and glass pieces, intricately woven baskets and skillfully sewn dresses are displayed across the spacious room.

The owners, Patrick and Rose, are passionate about their work.

Like entrepreneurs around the world, they honed their skills and opened this shop as a way to provide for their family.

Patrick and Rose are part of the CFCA family in Nakuru, Kenya.

Their son, Kevin, is sponsored, and Rose is a member of a CFCA mothers group in the area. The family was able to attain a loan to start their business through Rose’s mothers group. Read more

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