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Apr 11 2013

New year celebration in India features food, emotions

Ugadi pachhadi ingredients

Ingredients used for ugadi pachhadi, a traditional dish for the Telugu new year.

By Sreekanth Gundoji, CFCA communications liaison in India

People in south central India spent today marking a new beginning as we celebrated the festival of Ugadi. Ugadi is a new year for the Telugu people.

Telugu is the local language in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Children, families and aging friends in CFCA’s Hyderabad project speak Telugu.

The name of this new year is Vijaya, which means success. Our new calendar will start from this day onward.

We prepare a special dish to start the new year. It’s called ugadi pachhadi (pachhadi means pickle).

Mango tree in India

Sreekanth Gundoji, CFCA communications liaison for India, displays unripe mangos from a mango tree. Mangos are a key ingredient for the ugadi pachhadi recipe.

Ugadi pachhadi has a traditional value. It’s a mixture of six varieties of tastes symbolizing six feelings, good and bad, that everyone experiences in life.

In the spirit of the Telugu new year, we’d like to offer this ugadi pachhadi recipe. Note the special meaning of each ingredient.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar, signifying happiness (the traditional sugar used is jaggery, made from sugar cane, date palms or coconut)
  • 3 cups of tamarind juice, signifying disgust because of the sour taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of neem flower petals, signifying sadness
  • 1/4 tablespoon of salt, signifying fear
  • 1/2 tablespoon of pepper, signifying anger
  • 3 tablespoons of unripe, green mango pieces, signifying surprise

Directions:

1. Mix all the above listed items in a bowl. (This signifies that everyone has to accept all life experiences equally.)

2. Serve in cups.

Happy Ugadi, Telugu new year!

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Jan 9 2012

4 goals for CFCA in 2012

CFCA New Year infographic for 2012 2011 was a great year for us!

Here’s a look at some of the amazing work that CFCA and its supporters have accomplished.

We also thought this is a great time to share a few of our New Year’s resolutions (though we might as well just call them goals) for 2012:

1. Sponsorships through Facebook

While our goal for the year was 50, we managed to exceed it and find 52 sponsors for children and elderly who have been featured on our Facebook wall. They have been given great opportunities for future success through sponsorship.

Next year, our goal is to find 75 sponsors.

2. Facebook “likes”

We think our organization is great. And apparently 4,334 (and counting) of you do, too. We’d love to see our Facebook audience grow.

Our goal was to reach 5,000 supporters and CFCA supporters on Facebook for 2011, and we’re excited to continue and expand our online/social media reach to 10,000 for 2012.

3. eLetters

Our eLetter feature†(a message sent to your friend through your CFCA online account) on our website launched in August 2011. This is something all of us here at CFCA are extremely excited about.

Since August, 5,857 eLetters were sent between sponsors and sponsored friends. In December alone, 2,590 eLetters were sent and received. We’d love to see that number increase in 2012.

If you have friends who sponsor through CFCA and don’t yet know about eLetters, please spread the word!

4. Reaching our audience

We are working on raising awareness of CFCA to anyone interested in sponsorship, which is why we have multiple ways online to spread the word about our work.

We would love to see more traffic on our YouTube, Vimeo†and Twitter accounts.

Now that we’ve shared a few of our resolutions, we’d love to know some of yours. Post ‘em here. What’s a goal of yours in 2012?

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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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