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$1 a day

August 12, 2011

You know the TV commercials for charities helping children in poverty? “Just $1 a day” is all that’s needed to change a child’s life. You know what? They’re right. You can change a child’s life with $1 a day. But there’s more. Much more – at least with one organization called Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA).

For my family, it’s $1 a day to reach across the world. $1 a day to learn a new culture. $1 a day to feel love for and the love of someone you will  never meet or even talk to on the phone. $1 a day to remind us to stop complaining about what we don’t have. $1 a day to teach our kids about the rewards of charity.

We sponsor two children through CFCA, Flora from Tanzania and Christian from Honduras. We learned about the organization at church. We learn about a lot of worthy organizations at church, but this one spoke to us as a family.

Flora

We chose Flora because her birthday is one day ahead of our wedding anniversary. She was born in 1993. Her father died in 1994. Her mother earns money selling tomatoes. Flora carries sand to earn money for school. Her life goal: Once I complete my primary education, I would like to continue studying up until university and be a doctor. I will assist my family, friends and the whole community.

How could we not benefit from knowing such a person? We have been sponsoring her since 2005 and have received dozens of letters with beautiful drawings. She writes them in her native language, Kiswahili, which are then translated. I still tear up over the letter she wrote after we shared that V.’s mom had died. In the midst of her daily challenges, she was so concerned for us and was praying for us.

Christian

We were drawn to another child a year later because he reminded us of our own son. Christian was just a year old when we began sponsoring him. His mother is a housekeeper and they live on $15 a month. We also receive wonderful letters from him through a family friend. Christian adds drawings of rabbits and turtles and flowers. Here’s the note he sent this past Christmas:

At midnight close your eyes and make a wish for the new year. At the same time I will do the same. My wish will be that your wish can come true!! Merry Christmas!!

As another commercial says, priceless.

If you’re interested in learning about other children awaiting sponsorship, I would be glad to share information about Hassan from Kenya, Benjamin from Mexico, Eveling from Nicaragua, Naresh from India, and Angely from Colombia.

Or, if you want to research the group further, here’s the site, http://www.cfcausa.org/. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter, @CFCA. One statistic you should know: More than 94 percent of donations go to program support.

I’ll sign this as Christian and his mother, Glendi, signed a recent letter — Receive hugs and kisses from the ones who love you very much and remember you always.

Letters from Flora and Christian

Letter from Flora

Letter from Christian

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5 Responses to “$1 a day”

  1. Tammy Says:

    Those children are adorable and those letters! I can imagine how touching it is to receive and read them.


  2. We love them. It’s always a great day when a letter arrives.

  3. Paula Kiger Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your blog, Lynn!! Our extended family has sponsored a child in Guatemala, Silvia, for 9 years. My daughter and I got to meet her in July!! My 15 year old also chose to sponsor a child when we were in Guatemala in July – that’s how Estela came to be a part of our family. Now I’m on a mission to help Carla from Guatemala find a sponsor. I agree with you – $1 day is literally nothing in exchange for the benefits of sponsorship!! Here’s a link to the blog I wrote when I returned from Guatemala. I am also always willing to answer questions about the CFCA sponsorship experience! http://waytenmom.blogspot.com/2011/07/cinco-minutos-en-el-blog-siempre-en-mi.html


  4. What an amazing story you have, Paula. I can’t wait to read your blog about meeting your CFCA child in person. What a life-changing event. Thanks for sharing.


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