Samir – Friend of the Month for February 2013

Samir – Friend of the Month for February 2013

Samir – Friend of the Month for February 2013

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 So many who have become sponsors report that while they originally made this commitment to help someone else, in the end they wind up being the ones blessed!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.

To learn more about Samir or to sponsor him (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 Samir or to sponsor him (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. Lisa's 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 has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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