Tag: scholar

Jan 11 2011

CFCA in Mexico: ‘You want me to be your sponsor?’

Omar Zuniga of the MÈrida, Mexico, project staff sent us this heartwarming report of a friendship that began on a recent mission awareness trip in MÈrida.

The hour-long crossing that the bus was about to begin from Chun-Y· to Carrillo Puerto, Quintana Roo, made Lillian NegrÛn, sponsor of 10 children through CFCA, decide to get off to stretch her legs.

It was an impulse that, she commented afterward, was of divine origin.

Alfredo and Lillian

Alfredo, left, and Lillian meet during a mission awareness trip in MÈrida.

On getting off the bus she met Alfredo, a scholarship student from the CFCA project in MÈrida.

Alfredo has been a scholarship student for a little more than six years and has helped each sponsored child to write their letters and Christmas greetings with the dedication displayed only by teachers who work wholeheartedly at their jobs.

His dedication and excellent work for the MÈrida project has earned him a double scholarship, and he is able to support his family members in a better way.

He has been able to supply his younger brothers with shoes, school uniforms, as well as all their basic needs in the home.

Lillian asked him about his dreams and aspirations, while she was waiting for her bus to leave for its destination.

Alfredo told her that he wanted to finish preparatory school to study for a degree so that he would be able to help his parents and his brothers to have a better future.

To do this, Alfredo would have to stay in Carrillo Puerto and rent a room for students.

If he were to commute daily from his community to the city where the nearest university is, it would cost him about 110 pesos (approximately $8.93 U.S.) a day and would take him an hour and a half each way, plus all the extra expense on days when he would have to stay late at night doing homework and research.

Lillian listened to every point. Finally she surprised the young scholarship student by asking him, without further ado but with her good will, with only the least introduction of greetings and with no more contact than a glance, ìAnd do you want me to be your sponsor?î

Alfredo is an excellent scholarship student who, in the MÈrida project, had excelled and had earned the love and respect of each and every one of the staff members.

He has learned to take advantage of his talents and to focus on a future that has no limits.

Today, Alfredo is a sponsored member of the MÈrida project, and, thanks to Lillian NegrÛn, he will be able to pursue his dreams.

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Nov 30 2010

A family transformed through CFCA’s work in El Salvador

We have two new stories on our website, hopeforafamily.org. Even though they focus on two people – Santiago and his son, Cesar – they are all about one incredible family.

Santiago's family

Santiago and his family

Santiago, from El Salvador, credits CFCA sponsorship with giving his family a support network of local CFCA staff, sponsors for his children and other families in the CFCA program.

ìI think the best gift that I could have received from God is to have a group of people who support me,î he said.

His oldest son, Cesar, is planning to study accounting and English. He’s a CFCA scholar and has received educational assistance, clothing and school supplies.

ìWithout CFCA, my parents could not cover these needs and I would have to drop out of school and go out and work to help my parents bring up my siblings,î Cesar said. ìThis is a real impact on my family and on my life.î

In the future, Cesar hopes to start a family, own a home and buy a car.

Read Santiago’s story here.

Read Cesar’s story here.

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Jun 23 2008

Scholars rehearsing for concert in Zamboanga

Barclay, left and Xarina playing the kulintangan, a traditional Philippines instrument.

Xarina (foreground) and other CFCA scholar students learned and performed on traditional Filipino instruments for a concert in the jungle surrounding Zamboanga City, Philippines, in January 2008. The concert will be featured in ZAMBOANGA, a documentary film. Visit www.zamboangathemovie.com for more information.

Scholarship students from the Philippines formed a special bond while studying traditional Filipino instruments such as the kulintangan, the dabakan and the agong. The students rehearsed throughout the year for a CFCA concert on Jan. 30 in Zamboanga on the island of Mindanao.

The experience awakened an interest in composing and writing for scholar Xarina, 16. Xarina is featured in the Spring/Summer issue of The Scholar, a CFCA publication that highlights the accomplishments and challenges of students in the CFCA Scholarship Program.

ìI am used to composing in English and Tagalog,î Xarina said. ìNow I am writing in Chavacano [a Filipino dialect]. I am experimenting.î

Hours of rehearsal put a strain on Xarinaís studies, but the hard work paid off.

ìThey did brilliantly,î said Kansas City-based musician Barclay Martin. Martin arranged the concert music and wrote original songs combining traditional Filipino and modern music.

The day after the concert was bittersweet for the students, Martin said.

ìWe played music for each other as a gesture of thanks and to mark a significant life experience for all involved,î he said. ìAs it neared time to leave, members from all of the groups began to laugh, sing and cry out of gratitude for what we had shared.î

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