Tag: Sponsor a child

Lillian Naka
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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Sponsor a child
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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Jan 17 2013

Project coordinator in Uganda: ‘I am a true believer of change’

Teddy Naluwu, Kampala project coordinator in Uganda and former CFCA sponsored child.

Teddy Naluwu, Kampala project coordinator in Uganda and former CFCA sponsored child.

I hope to transform others’ lives through my work with CFCA.

My name is Teddy Naluwu, and I am 31 years old. I have been a part of the CFCA family for more than 20 years, first as a sponsored child and later as an employee.

I have been working for CFCA for the past seven years, and I currently serve as Kampala project coordinator for Uganda, Africa.

Personally, I am a true believer of change. I have seen myself transform from a humble “country girl” to project coordinator of a sizeable project.

Because of CFCA sponsorship and the education I received, I am able to help break through the lines of poverty within my family.

The CFCA-Kampala project believes that we can make the world a better place through our collective efforts.

Engaging with the families in CFCA project activities is an important aspect of my work that shapes my attitude and performance, and boosts my self-worth. Read more

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Jan 10 2013

What the Santals can teach us: Sreekanth, CFCA communications liaison for India

Sreekanth, CFCA communications liaison for India

Sreekanth, out on location, wearing a traditional hat of the Santal tribe.

By Sreekanth Gundoji, CFCA communications liaison for India

Each CFCA sponsored friend and family has a story to tell.

For the families of the Santal tribes living in remote areas of India between Nepal and Bangladesh, the story is especially compelling.

As CFCA’s communications liaison in India, I have the honor to tell their story.

The Santals depend on nature for their survival. Agriculture is their way of life.

As their villages are spread across four Indian states and are miles away from towns, they create their own communities with whatever resources are available. They build houses with mud and clay supported by bamboo sticks and cover the roof with grass, straw and tiles made of mud.

The Santals are wrongly considered “behind the times” by many in India, and their way of life may seem rugged to you and me.

But the Santal people can teach all of us important lessons. They take nothing for granted, and they have a lot to share about using scarce resources in the most sustainable ways.

Their culture and religious observances are colorful, dynamic and unique. To the Santals, dancing is essential to life. Read more

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Jan 7 2013

How children can benefit from doing random acts of kindness

CFCA awareness trip to Merida

Children in Mexico prepare to welcome sponsors during a CFCA awareness trip to Merida in 2012.

A National Public Radio story about how random acts of kindness can make kids more accepting and more popular caught our attention recently.

Schoolchildren in Vancouver, Canada, took part in an experiment designed to see how performing acts of kindness could influence empathy and altruism.

One of the more surprising results from the survey? The children who performed the acts of kindness not only were more likely to accept their classmates, they also experienced significantly bigger increases in peer acceptance.

Apparently, it’s always cool to be kind!

We’ve often heard from parents who tell us how CFCA sponsorship has helped their children reach out in kindness to others.

They can participate in writing letters to sponsored friends, learning about their friends’ countries, and traveling with their parents on CFCA awareness trips. Some have even started fundraising efforts for families in the sponsorship program.

One example is Liberty, who raised $1,500 for a CFCA chocolate-making mothers group in Guatemala. She was 7 years old at the time. (Her family sponsors several friends there and traveled on CFCA trips.)

“I feel good because I did something nice,” she said to us later.

Her compassion earned her deep gratitude from the mothers, who used the money to buy a chocolate grinding machine to help their business. They were able to significantly increase their chocolate sales as a result of Liberty’s contribution.

Another example is Matthew, who generously donated money from his past five birthdays to his family’s sponsored child, Magdalena. He came in person to the CFCA headquarters office in Kansas City in 2010 to make sure his donation arrived safely!

Did the results from this survey surprise you, based on your own experience with children? Why or why not?

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Jan 4 2013

Widowed mother starts her own business

Md. Baby and her son Anwar.

Md. Baby and her son Anwar.

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. Hereís the story of Md. Baby ó enjoy!

I was married at an early age. My husband died after the birth of our only son Anwar.

Since then, my problems increased.

I learned to sew after my husband passed away, and I used to go the fields to work as a daily laborer to provide for my family.

When I heard about CFCA sponsorship, I went to apply for the program.

The sponsorship program has given a new hope for me in the form of self-help groups.

As I already knew how to sew, I was interested in opening a tailoring shop that also sells sewing items. Read the rest of Md. Baby’s story

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