I started the month of October with a smile on my face, after learning on the first day of the month that our precious September CFCA friend, little Rosmery, had been sponsored by a family who will now become a special part of her life. I'm learning that while we may think we are helping the CFCA friends we sponsor, it's true that they immeasurably help us as well. Now, as we begin the Year of Faith, sponsorship of someone in need seems like a wonderful way to grow in our understanding of the Gospel value of service to others. Would your family benefit by taking on CFCA sponsorship as a special project during this Year of Faith?
Paul — CFCA Friend of the Month for October 2012
Meet Paul, a cheerful 5-year-old in Uganda! Paul lives with his mother, father and little brother in a house with mud walls and a dirt floor. Although both his parents work, their combined income is too low to meet all the family’s expenses. Sponsorship will help the whole family by providing Paul with access to education, health care and better nutrition, as well as the support needed to build a path out of poverty.
More about CFCA
For more than 30 years, Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) has brought hope to families living in poverty in 22 countries. Founded in 1981 by lay Catholics acting on the Gospel call to serve the poor, it has grown into a movement of more than 250,000 sponsors who are supporting more than 300,000 children, youth and aging friends worldwide.
When a sponsor commits to sponsoring a child, youth or aging friend for $30 a month through CFCA’s Hope for a Family sponsorship program, it impacts the entire family. Sponsorship provides basic necessities like food, education, clothing and access to medical care, along with the encouragement needed for families to build a path out of poverty.
- The Hope for a Family sponsorship program provides much more than charity to families in need. CFCA takes a personal approach that focuses on partnering with each family to fulfill their basic needs while empowering them to create a path out of poverty through education, skills training, livelihood programs and community-building activities.
- Grounded in the Gospel call to serve the poor, CFCA is a lay Catholic organization working with and serving persons of all faith traditions.
- CFCA is among the 200 largest nonprofits in the U.S. according to Forbes, and the only child sponsorship organization to receive an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy. More than 94 percent of CFCA’s expenses go toward program support.
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