Mar 24 2014

Doris needs a new sponsor (and a letter, please)

Doris, a 12-year-oldgirl from Peru, is waiting for a sponsor.

Doris, a 12-year-old girl from Peru, is waiting for a sponsor.

By Elizabeth Alex, community outreach and media relations director

A confident smile is the first thing you notice about Doris. It lights up the home where she lives with her mom, dad and baby brother.

It’s a tiny but tidy two-room space. An American visitor might notice the walls are covered with cardboard to insulate against cold weather.

Doris wants to be an engineer so she can design homes that are much sturdier than the one she lives in.

“When you are an engineer you get to draw,” Doris explained. “And I like to draw houses.”

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Mar 14 2014

Banking for success

For many living in poverty in places like India’s Rasoolpura slum, thoughts of saving money and having a bank account are distant dreams. Many have never even stepped foot inside a bank.

In India, Unbound sets up individual bank accounts for sponsored children and youth in which funds sent by sponsors are deposited. For children who are underage, the mothers manage the bank accounts. The mothers work with each other and the Unbound staff to make budgets and plan how the funds will be used for their children’s best interests.

Having a bank account is an empowering, uplifting experience for the mothers.

Read more about their experience here.

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Jan 10 2014

Colombian mothers create a small business that grows

Colombian vegetable garden

Members of the Familia Santa Martha mothers group in Colombia work in their garden.

Mothers everywhere have dealt with the age-old problem of getting the kids to eat their veggies. A group of mothers in Colombia have found a way to encourage their kids to enjoy vegetables and learn the value of hard work, all while increasing the sustainability of their families.

Read more to learn how they did it.

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May 7 2013

When are all the Mother’s Day celebrations around the world?

Maria Luisa with her daughter Gabriela, a sponsored child in Bolivia.

Maria Luisa with her daughter Gabriela, a sponsored child in Bolivia.

Happy Mother’s Day! Well, depending on where you are that is. Find out the different days Mother’s Day is celebrated around the world.

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May 6 2013

Mother of a sponsored child sews a successful future

Before her daughter joined CFCA, Shaheen knew how to sew, but did not have the equipment to do so. Through CFCA mothers groups, Shaheen gained confidence, friendship and a new sewing machine, which is helping to support her family.

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Feb 5 2013

Two of a kind: sisters in India open food stand

Curry Point

Jesintha, left, and Prakash at their food stand, Curry Point.

CFCA strives to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency. The Hope for a Family program aims to partner with families so that over time they may rely less on benefits from CFCA and more on their own income-generation activities to meet their basic needs.

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 Prakash and her sister Jesintha ó enjoy!

In 2010, my sister, Jesintha, and I started a food stand called Curry Point.

We prepare food items like dal, sambar, potato fry, brinjal curry, tomato pickle and chapattis (Indian bread) and other foods. We sell our meals at reasonable rates, so it is affordable for many.

I am Prakash. My sister and I are part of a mothers group in Hyderabad, India. She has a son sponsored through CFCA, and my son is sponsored as well.

My sister and I both took out a loan from each of our mothers groups to start this curry business. Read more

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