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Mar 29 2012

Diego in Colombia gets his bicycle

Earlier this month we featured Diego, a sponsored child who walked 80 minutes to school in Colombia ñ and that was just one way!

Our CFCA colleagues in Bogota ñ Harrison Garcia Ruiz, our communications liaison, and Judith Bautista, project coordinator ñ worked on getting a bicycle for Diego so he wouldn’t have to walk such a great distance.

Harrison was there as Diego went with his mother to pick out a new bike. These pictures, along with quotes from Diego, tell the whole story beautifully.

In Diego’s words

Having a bicycle to me was a very difficult dream to reach. My family does not have the resources to buy a bicycle for me.

One day CFCA staff members came to my house to interview me and to ask me about my life and how I get my education.

I told them about the long distance that I have to walk to get to school.

Diego, sponsored child, walking to school

My mother told me later that CFCA staffers called her, and she told me that the CFCA office wanted to buy a bike to me so I could have a better situation in life.

Diego in Colombia with mother

I could not believe it at first, but I thank God for having that visit from CFCA’s staff and to be able to tell them my story, and in this way I could go to choose my bike with my mother. Read more and see the pictures

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Jan 30 2012

Sponsored children get school supplies in Central America

The school year for Central American countries starts in January or February, and parents have been shopping the last few weeks for school supplies.

CFCA sponsored child Mauricio in El Salvador with school supplies

Mauricio, 6, is a CFCA sponsored child in El Salvador. Here he displays his school supplies purchased through sponsorship benefits.

For families living in poverty, however, school supplies can cost more than the families are able to afford. Usually the cost ranges between $50 to $60.

Families in the CFCA sponsorship program sometimes earn as little as $100 a month or less. That means buying school supplies would consume around half of their monthly income.

Here are two CFCA sponsored children in El Salvador, who obtained school supplies this year through sponsorship benefits.

Mauricio (interview with his grandmother, Antonia)

Mauricio lives with his mother, his two sisters and grandmother. His mother works as a security guard and is paid $180 a month. His grandmother sells vegetables and fruit and makes approximately $60 per month.

What does it means to your household budget for CFCA to provide these school supplies? Read more

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Jan 12 2012

The gift of clothing to boost self-esteem

Gladness, CFCA sponsored youth in Tanzania Think back to your high school days when all you wanted to do was to fit in and make friends with your classmates.

Now imagine going to school with a badly worn, patched-over uniform because your parents couldn’t afford a new one for you.

Gladness, a sponsored youth from Tanzania, faced this situation every day. But no longer, thanks to some help from a CFCA social worker, her mother’s diligent budgeting and a tailor’s magic touch.

Read the rest of Gladness’ story.

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Aug 18 2011

A hope-filled start to the school year: Youth eLesson

Indian schoolchildren with CFCA notebooks

Children in CFCA’s Hope for a Family sponsorship program in India get new notebooks for the school year. Read about the CFCA livelihood program that makes these books.

It’s back-to-school time for children in the U.S. Meanwhile, CFCA sponsored children in India have already been in school since June!

Larry Livingston, CFCA director of church relations, has created a fun exercise in our quarterly Youth eLesson to help young people reflect on hope and the upcoming school year.

It is a simple crossword puzzle, but the answer to every clue begins with one of the four letters that spell hope.

If you have young children or work with them, we encourage you to let them work on this puzzle alone or in teams. Give them a set amount of time to do as many as they can.

Download our Youth eLesson.

When they’ve finished, lead a discussion on the words in the puzzle. Ask each person to choose four words ñ one for each of the four letters in hope ñ and invite them to make those four words part of their personal ìroad mapî for the coming year.

Would you like to receive our quarterly Youth eLessons? Sign up here.

Related links

Back to school around the world

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Jul 6 2011

School starting for Indian schoolchildren

CFCA sponsored children go to school in India

Remi, a CFCA sponsored child in India, leaves for school as her mother, Jyotsna, waves goodbye. CFCA has provided Remi with new school supplies.

Many U.S. schoolchildren are still enjoying summer vacation, but CFCA sponsored children in Hyderabad, India, resumed classes in mid- to late June.

(See school calendars around the world in an earlier blog post.)

Sponsorship support allows parents to pay school fees due at the beginning of the academic year, and to buy shoes and textbooks.

The project supplies school bags for the children, and notebooks made by a CFCA bookbinding livelihood program.

In livelihood programs, parents of sponsored children form small groups to develop creative and practical income-generating ideas.

Because of the program, the project can supply the books at a lower price while maintaining quality, as well as providing families with much-needed income.

CFCA-Hyderabad deposits a portion of the sponsorship funds in child accounts at local banks.

Mothers of sponsored children withdraw funds from the accounts to pay school fees and buy uniforms, textbooks and shoes.

This model helps give families a greater sense of dignity as they are actively participating in, not passively receiving, increased access to education.

A mother of a CFCA sponsored child in India withdraws funds for school

A mother of a sponsored child withdraws money from her local bank.

“With this money I am able to send my child to a high-quality school, thanks to CFCA,” said Jayamma, whose daughter, Nagalaxmi, is sponsored.

Vijaya Rani, another mother of a sponsored child, says that school fees and other school-related costs have increased.

“With the amount which we are getting through CFCA, we are able to bear these expenses,” she said.

For many sponsored children, education is opening doors to a realm of new possibilities.

“My ambition is to become an engineer,” Nagalaxmi said. “For that I need to work hard.”

Go for it, Nagalaxmi! We wish you and your family all the best.

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Mar 18 2011

Spanish class raises $100 for sponsored child in Guatemala

By Kristin Littrell, freelance writer

Lauren's Spanish class

Students in St. Joseph Academy’s Spanish class raised $100 for CFCA in one day through a bake sale. The inspiration came from their teacher, Lauren Marquis, who sponsors a child in Guatemala.

Teaching Spanish to middle school students can be challenging, but teacher Lauren Marquis knows how to engage her students.

During a letter-writing unit, Marquis assigned the students a task: write a letter ñ in Spanish ñ to her CFCA sponsored child, Ana, in Guatemala.

As the students worked on their letters, they began to ask questions about Anaís life. They looked at pictures Marquis received and noticed that Ana was standing near a trash heap. Ana’s parents didnít have shoes.

This was eye-opening for the students of St. Joseph Academy, a small rural school in Walton, Ky.

As they learned more about Anaís living conditions and international poverty, the St. Joseph Academy students wanted to help Ana and her family build a better life.

So, on their own initiative, the sixth-grade students organized a bake sale during lunch.

They contributed baked goods and raised $100 for CFCA in one day.

ìI was amazed,î Marquis said. ìI took the money to the bank and it was about seven cents short of $100, so I contributed the seven cents. Iím in awe of these kids.î

Now, theyíre anxious to hear back from Ana. Even the tough eighth-grade boys canít wait to receive a letter back from their new friend in Guatemala.

ìIíll definitely do this assignment again,î Marquis said, ìand maybe next year weíll have another bake sale!î

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Nov 11 2010

Gift of hearing aid “changes everything” for sponsored youth

By Regina, a sponsored youth in Legazpi, Philippines

I have always been a simple and quiet girl. I usually sat right in front of my teacher during class discussions, not because I am a ìstarî pupil but because I am different.

I conversed with others believing that it was a calm, low voice I hear but in reality they are shouting at me, for me to hear and understand them. … Itís because I have a hearing problem.

At the age of 7, it was not a question of finding a solution to my hearing problem. My family, friends and teachers showed enough sympathy and support, except for those who would choose to make my day miserable rather than study lessons.



They would play and laugh with me and then publicly show to me their whispering sessions, emphasizing that it was impossible for me to hear them.

I would usually go to one corner, where only very few pass by, sit with my knees drawn up close to my body and my face tucked between my drawn knees and chest, and cry my heart out at the cruelty of others.

I would usually give myself a minute or two to compose myself, a big pat on the back to boost my depleted morale and then go back to my assigned seat in class and forget as best as I could what had just happened.

In high school, I remained the ìdifferent one.î People conversed with me like normal but sometimes, I saw their silent laughs and pitying looks when they turned their backs from me. Well, I was used to it. It was like an ordinary thing for me.

I was in high school when I became a CFCA beneficiary. My sponsors are Mr. Rich and Sarah Deien. From the start this generous couple had never failed to support me. I have received so many beneficial things that I will be forever thankful.

They wrote letters to me and I wrote back. With this, they donít have to shout for me to hear. I easily understood what they wanted to tell me. It felt so normal.

Until I graduated from high school,
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