Jan 24 2014

Center named for co-founder is home away from home in Guatemala

Sponsored youth Douglas and his mother, Olga, are pictured outside the new Nadine Pearce Center in Guatemala.

Sponsored youth Douglas and his mother, Olga, are pictured outside the new Nadine Pearce Center in Guatemala.

By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor at Unbound

A spirit of welcome fills the new Nadine Pearce Center, where families in eastern Guatemala gather as part of their local Unbound community.

Nadine was one of the co-founders of Unbound known for her warmth and hospitality. So it’s fitting that the center named in her honor is a home base for families and staff members from Unbound.

“It’s our center,” said Olga, whose son Douglas is sponsored through Unbound. “It’s like having a new home.”

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Nov 20 2013

Dads show caring community in action

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed a CFCA family's home in Aklan province, Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan destroyed a CFCA family’s home in Aklan province, Philippines.

The CFCA community is there for families before and after natural disasters strike.

Sponsorship brings families into a caring community that supports them in their daily lives and in times of crisis.

Hundreds of CFCA families saw their houses damaged or destroyed as Super Typhoon Haiyan slashed its way through the central Philippines less than two weeks ago. Farmers lost crops and fishermen lost fishing gear.

CFCA will work side by side with families as they rebuild their homes and livelihoods. Donations to our Disaster Assistance Fund will help in this effort.

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Oct 25 2013

Help find a sponsor for Carlos in Peru

Manchay, Peru

The city of Manchay, Peru.

By Elizabeth Alex

From the distance, Manchay, Peru appears dirty and desolate.

Small and sometimes rickety houses, cheerfully painted in lilac and blue sit at the base of what appear to be mountains made of dust and rock. Manchay is covered in haze.

But what Manchay lacks in aesthetics, it makes up for in smiles.

Like the big grin on 5-year-old Carlos’ face.

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Sep 12 2013

‘Fueling families’ dreams: Lillian Naka, CFCA staffer in Kenya

Lillian Naka, CFCA Kenya staff

CFCA-Kenya staff member Lillian Naka

CFCA-Kenya staff member Lillian Naka recently visited CFCA’s international headquarters in Kansas City, Kan.

She talked about her role as a mothers group coordinator in Nairobi, and how mothers of sponsored children work hard to create a path to self-sufficiency by launching small businesses.

Watch the video below to learn more about CFCA’s work with mothers all around the world.

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Sep 11 2013

Boy leads happy life after getting treatment for skin disorder

Hamile and his family

Hamile, right, with his sister, Kelly, and his niece, Taliana, in front of their home.

When Hamile was 8 months old, he developed epidermolysis bullosa, a skin disorder in which the skin is fragile and can become easily damaged.

Through CFCA sponsorship, Hamile has been able to receive treatment and is now on track to living a carefree, happy life.

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Jan 30 2013

CFCA staff member reflects on everyday blessings

Veronica BattonBy Veronica Batton, CFCA writer/editor

I found my old passport the other day while cleaning my kitchen. I have no idea why I chose the kitchen to store this important document, but that’s a story for another time.

When I found my passport, I realized I was coming up on my one-year anniversary of my CFCA awareness trip to India.

I still remember that trip vividly. The bright colors of pinks, blues and golds woven into the women’s saris; the lovely smell of incense; the happy smiles on the faces of CFCA friends and families; discovering delicious foods; and also witnessing the extreme poverty, which impacts much of the country.

When I came back, I promised myself that I would do my best to always be grateful for all the blessings in my life.

I remember a time over the summer when I was having a rough day; I was becoming more and more frustrated with whatever was bothering me. (I was probably mad at my flat iron.)

I made a conscious decision to stop and reflect on the things I was grateful for, and my frustration started to melt away.

Working as a writer/editor at CFCA I learn so much about the sponsored friends and their families ó I learn about their love for life, their strength and their daily realities.

The everyday necessities and comforts in life I sometimes take for granted are not easily accessible for families living in poverty. Here are some examples: Read more

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