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October 31, 2013

My husband and I have been sponsors with CFCA for over 9 years. We currently sponsor 8 children and 2 aging in Nicaragua and Kenya. The CFCA website says "Sponsor a child, change a Life". They should add "there's a potential to change your life as well". We have had the opportunity to meet all of our sponsored friends in both Nicaragua and Kenya and have seen CFCA in action. They are the "real deal." We share letters and photos and learn about each others family, friends, school, hopes and dreams for the future. They have become part of our extended family. I love that in Nicaragua they refer to us as their padrinos. Our greatest success story to share is about our dear Ruth. At age 9 she was the oldest child of 8 siblings and relatives being raised by a sickly grandmother. When we met her, Ruth was the surrogate mother due to the grandmother's health. She told us that she wanted to be a doctor. However, she had missed so much school to care for the younger children that it was doubtful that she would get beyond the 3rd grade. Sponsorship gave her the determination she needed. And despite multiple hardships including the death of her grandmother and losing her home in 2010 due to the flooding of Lake Managua Ruth never gave up on her dream. She was accepted at a private Catholic high school on scholarship and for the past two years has been 2nd in her class. We are pleased to say that my husband and I will be traveling to Managua in November, 2013 to be in attendance when our Ruth will be the first in her family to graduate high school. She has also been accepted at the University of Managua. The principal of her high school believes that she has the drive and determination to continue on to medical school.

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