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tom meaney

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Review for Unbound, Kansas City, KS, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Sponsor a young boy in Chile and also co-sponsor a child in Guatemala.
After exchanging letters for the past 10 years we decided to visit Chris in Chile on a sponsored mission trip. We were totally appalled with the the good work being done by CFCA. We visited senior citizens who were helped with their daily living expenses as well as having a picnic sponsored by CFCA where the seniorswere treated to a chicken dinner, games and entertainment supplied by the local police dept. One blind senior came to me with a friend to ask if she could hug a sponsor. That is all she could return to us for the good work of CFCA. Everyone knew Bob Hentzen, President of CFCA who was with us and much love was expressed for him, in his hand me down clothes and old boots. We visited a rural childrens school for their monthly birthday party for all the children where they enjoyed cake and soda as well as games. Bob sat on the floor and sang songs with the kids while playing a borrowed guitar. Parents expressed great thanks for the sponsors and one little fellow gave each of the sponsors a marble to show his appreciation. The parents of our child insisted we vist their tiny home on a hillside where they gave us cake and coffee. They expressed their many thanks for the help we had given them in allowing their son to attend school and prepare for a trade. We visited the workshop for mothers where they were taught personal coping skills, sewing, hairdressing, etc. while their children were attended to in a day care room. we visited a hospital for children where first level medical care was provided as needed. As we left to return home we were showered with hugs and goodbyes. A wonderful experience I have never seen before.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The personal growth of the young people in preparing to improve their lives was amazing. Mothers were given the opportunity and tools to develop their sense of self worth. We are able to provide encouragement and support for the parents struggling to insure their children grow up to be good citizens.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It would be nice to have the opportunity to help our sponsored families should special needs develop or help the sponsored child after he leaves the program at age 18. Communication is always somewhat difficult because of the interpretation required and the time frames involved.

Role:  Donor & sponsor our boy in Chile and also sponsor a child in Guatemala with the help of a local charity.