Ada — CFCA Friend of the Month for April 2012


I am so happy to share with you that will continue partnering with CFCA to help support and empower families. Last month, our friend of the month Emili was quickly sponsored by a family who will come to know and love her as they support Emili through a small monthly donation.

Ada — Friend of the Month for April 2012

CFCA welcomes children, youth and other individuals living with varying degrees of physical and mental disabilities to participate in its Hope for a Family sponsorship program. Often people with special needs living in poverty have little or no access to health and rehabilitation services. This can make life difficult for them, and also for the family members who support them.

One of these children with special needs is 12-year-old Ada, who lives in Nicaragua with her family. (To preserve the privacy of our sponsored friends, we don’t share details about their special needs online.) Ada likes to paint and helps with household chores such as washing dishes and sweeping the house. Sponsoring Ada would help her family pay for her medical needs and support her education.

To learn more about Ada or to sponsor her (or another child or aging friend), please visit the CFCA website.

Each month, we will be introducing you to our “Friend of the Month” and inviting you and your family to sponsor our friend. It’s my dream that we — as a family — will be able to adopt not only one friend, but perhaps even more to share our blessings and God’s love with those who need assistance.

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.

To learn more about Ada or to sponsor her (or another child or aging friend), please visit the CFCA website.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.


  1. Lisa, this is wonderful that is continuing to partner with CFCA to tell the stories of children and aging who need sponsors. My teenager and I went to Guatemala last summer on a Mission Awareness Trip and got to meet Silvia and Estela, our sponsored children (and their families). I would assure anyone considering sponsorship that your money is spent carefully and in a way that extends it as far as possible, and that often parents learn skills so that they can help support themselves (they learn the skills through CFCA programs). I will keep Ada in my prayers!

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