With the Lenten season upon us, I'm reflecting about all of the ways in which our families can engage in prayerful fasting, almsgiving and prayer activities as we anticipate the joy of Easter. What better way than by sponsoring a new "friend" this year with Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA). So many who have become sponsors report that while they originally made this commitment to help someone else, in the end they wind up being the ones blessed! Every month, when I post the information about our new Friend, I pray not only for that child or aging person, but also for the family whose lives will be transformed through being a part of this mission. Please consider if this might be you!
Samir – Friend of the Month for February 2013
Four-year-old Samir (or Samircito, as he likes to be called) lives in Peru with his parents and five siblings in a wooden house with a rush-mat roof. He’s an artist in the making, as he likes to paint! Despite his young age, he already helps his mother with the housework. Both parents have no fixed source of income, but try to find jobs wherever they can – Samir’s mother by washing other people’s laundry, and Samir’s father by working as a bus conductor.
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 has received an A+ rating from Charity Watch. More than 94 percent of CFCA’s expenses go toward program support.
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