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Teaching Children Values through Child Sponsorship Programs

Posted by Staff Writer on May 6, 2016 12:26:12 PM

There is a lot of discussion these days of the importance of teaching values to our children. It is not something they can learn at school or from a textbook, but rather they must see it in action.

Our children may be attending church or religious classes but how can we as parents help to bring more of the important messages of our faith, such as compassion, empathy, and sharing into our children’s lives? How can these values which are too often lost in the “noise” of today’s instant gratification society become a part of their lives?

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Celebrating Student Sponsors During Catholic Schools Week

Posted by Staff Writer on Feb 5, 2016 2:07:54 PM

This year Flavia, a fifth-grader at Stella Maris Primary Boarding School in Nkokonjeru, Uganda, is the "All School Work of Mercy" for the students at St. Boniface Catholic School here in the states. CARITAS For Children has a number of Catholic schools and Religious Education programs putting Catholic social teaching into practice, that is, placing the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. During this year's Catholic Schools Week, we'd like to thank all of our student sponsors, but put the spotlight on St. Boniface. 

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This Year's Christmas Gift Can Make a Difference

Posted by Staff Writer on Dec 18, 2015 1:37:55 PM

What can you give to a child or family member who has so much? In this last week before Christmas as we are running round trying to buy the last minute gifts for our loved ones, consider a gift that will make a difference in two lives, that of a child in need and perhaps your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or aunt. Sponsoring a child on behalf of someone you love is a gift that will grow in value and have profound impact on the child as well as your relative. Helping your loved one give to one who has little will truly help them appreciate the blessings God has given them. That was part of my motivation when I initiated sponsorship on behalf of my children.

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Topics: Africa

Writing to the Child I Sponsor

Posted by Staff Writer on Dec 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Michael and Kelly's sponsored child is now a young woman studying at university in Uganda. While communicating now comes easily, they started out like any other sponsors puzzling over what they should write to Phiona when she was in primary school when they were brand new to each other. Kelly shared a few quick ideas on what she and her family wrote about to Phiona back in the day.

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Phiona: Growing Up with CARITAS' Child Sponsorship Programs, Part Two

Posted by Staff Writer on Nov 30, 2015 11:38:00 AM

This is part two of Michael and Kelly's story of sponsoring Phiona and how it has made a difference for their family. If you missed part one, you can access it here.

“I can’t even believe this, we’re finally going to get to meet her!” Kelly was on the edge of her seat at a CARITAS For Children event. Christopher Hoar, founder and executive director, was hosting an evening of appreciation for sponsors and donors, and offering the opportunity to skype with children in some of CARITAS’ Uganda child sponsorship programs.

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Phiona: Growing Up with CARITAS' Child Sponsorship Programs, Part One

Posted by Staff Writer on Nov 20, 2015 2:01:00 PM

“She’s so far away, but she’s definitely a part of our family. There are pictures of her all over the house. The kids talk about her all the time. They always include her as part of our family when people ask how many sisters and brothers they have.” That’s how Kelly described the relationship she, her husband Michael, and their children have with Phiona, 20, whom they’ve been sponsoring since she was in the fifth grade. It wasn’t always that way though.

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Child Sponsorship Programs Building Communities of Caritas

Posted by Staff Writer on Oct 29, 2015 3:48:00 PM

CARITAS For Children founder, Christopher Hoar, will tell you, "CARITAS is about relationships." In Milwaukee Tuesday night, many donors, supporters, sponsors and their CARITAS children had an opportunity to enrich their relationships with one another.

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Make a Difference, Sponsor a Child

Posted by Staff Writer on Oct 13, 2015 2:23:00 PM

Having been with CARITAS For Children for a few years, I've had the pleasure of getting to know some of our long-time sponsors and hearing some of the stories of their CARITAS children. I love connecting with Eve, a retired teacher, who has watched her sponsored child, Ruthie, grow up to be a lovely, capable, young woman.

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Letter-Writing Ideas for Sponsors

Posted by Staff Writer on Sep 17, 2015 2:11:00 PM

A long-time sponsor shared her letter-writing tips and guaranteed fail-safe for not missing an opportunity to write to your sponsored child. Pam sponsors three children in Uganda and keeps in touch with them on a regular basis.

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