Ann – Friend of the Month for January 2013

Ann - CFCA Friend of the Month

Ann – CFCA Friend of the Month

I’m happy to report the good news from our friends at CFCA that last month’s little cutie, Joseph, has been sponsored! As we begin another new year, I’m thrilled to continue our partnership with Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA). I have been so blessed by your generosity, but also by the example of this fantastic organization in reminding us that support for those in need can also transition into friendships that can last a lifetime.

Ann – Friend of the Month for January 2013

Ann, a cheerful 10-year-old in Kenya, loves to play hide and seek! Her parents are not able to take care of her, so she lives with her aunt, who has three children of her own. The family is struggling to make ends meet through small-scale farming and casual jobs, but they have no fixed income. They live in a wood house with an earthen floor and no electricity (cooking is done over an open fire). Sponsorship will help ensure that Ann continues her education and receives support for such things as clothing, nutritional food and access to health care.

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

More about CFCA

cfcalogoFor 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.

To learn more about Ann 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.

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