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Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)

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Charitable organization providing assistance to more than 310,000 children and elderly in 24 countries.

Mission Statement CFCA’s mission is to walk with the poor and marginalized of the world. • We provide personal attention and direct benefits to children, youth, aging and their families so they may live with dignity, achieve their desired … see full wiki

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Make a difference in the life of a child or elderly person by becoming a CFCA sponsor.

  • Aug 1, 2009
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Several years ago an elderly priest came to our inner city parish in Providence to speak about an organization called CFCA.   CFCA  (Christian Foundation for Children and Aging) is a lay Catholic organization working with persons of all faith traditions to create a worldwide community of compassion and service.  Despite the fact that our parish is among the poorest in the State of Rhode Island I was very pleased to see that several parishioners became CFCA sponsers that day.  My wife Molly and I were among them.  Neither of us had ever been sponsors before.  I can assure you that this has been an eye-opening and very rewarding experience. 

The name of our sponsored child is Charmaine and she resides with her family in the Phiilipines.  According to CFCA's project coordinator in that country the program there serves 8760 children and 866 aging.  The average income for CFCA families here is just $60 to $80 per month!  Some families eke out a living by selling coconuts, rice and corn.  Still others engage in farming, fishing, forest products harvesting and milling corn and rice.  Charmaine tells us that her dad sells eggs and chickens to help support the family.  The majority of families in her town live in houses that measure just 30 to 50 square feet.  Here houses are constructed of wood and bamboo with palm leaf roofing.  We have a photo of Charmaine standing in front of her home.  It certainly makes you pause and thank God for all the blessings you have been given.

To become a CFCA sponsor just visit their website at  http://www.cfcausa.org.   When we decided to sponsor Charmaine several years ago she was a skinny 11 year old kid.  Today Charmaine is a fine young woman  preparing to enter college.  She worked so hard in school.  We are so proud of her!  Charmaine has kept us updated on what is going on in her life by writing us several times each year.   At least once each year we receive an updated photo from CFCA.   In every one of her letters to us Charmaine tells us how CFCA has made life better for her and for her family.   This is the best $30.00 you will spend every month.  Meanwhile CFCA boasts rock solid credentials.  BBB Wise Giving Alliance states that CFCA meets all 20 standards for accountability.   The American Institute of Philanthropy gives CFCA an A+.   Charity Navigator has given CFCA  eight consecutive 4-star evaluations.   CFCA  is an extremely worthwhile charity that certainly deserves your careful consideration.   As of December 2009 CFCA boasts 270,693 sponsers which is a testimony to the fabulous work that they do.  Very highly recommended!
Make a difference in the life of a child or elderly person by becoming a CFCA sponsor. Make a difference in the life of a child or elderly person by becoming a CFCA sponsor. Make a difference in the life of a child or elderly person by becoming a CFCA sponsor. Make a difference in the life of a child or elderly person by becoming a CFCA sponsor.

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November 03, 2010
This sounds fantastic, Paul! That's wonderful what you've done for Charmaine. Have you ever met her or plan on meeting her? I've seen commercials on TV for similar types of programs and always wondered how those went, so it's wonderful to hear your experience. Thanks for sharing! :)
 
August 01, 2009
Hi Paul.....what a wonderful thing to do. I once sponsored a little girl from Bolivia whose name was Sylvia. We wrote letters and exchanged pictures. She's in her 30s now with a family of her own. Like you, I highly recommend the sponsoring of a child......very rewarding!
 
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