We recently received a letter from Taher following my visit. He offers his family's thanks for St. Jerome's sponsorship and generous support. He also provides his thanks for the personal gifts and he provides information about his school grades. It's great that he is proud to share his grades and that he is in advanced classes. One thing to highlight, Taher is taking three language classes at the same time; Hindi is the national language, Telugu is the state language, and English.
I'm requesting someone consider sponsoring his 8th grade brother, Baba. The family is very poor and sponsoring his brother would be a great help. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you for your consideration and enjoy Taher's letter.
Steve Taylor, Unbound Coordinator (CFCA)
At the first of the year (2014) CFCA changed its name to UNBOUND. Current sponsors received a mailing introducing the name and explaining the rational. Any time a change is made, there is typically some apprehension. The following response by Anne 'Haake' Winter on the Unbound Facebook page does a great job of explaining the value of the change. I fully support the change and intend to continue supporting Ubound.
Anne 'Haake' Winter
I love the new name and I feel it better represents the work of CFCA and the diversity of people it serves. People of all faiths are making beautiful contributions to this organization both as sponsors and as sponsored members. Their contributions should not be excluded in the organization's work or in its name.
A Request for Letters From Sponsored Friends
Steve Taylor, St. Jerome Unbound Coordinator
My recent trip to India was eye-openning and a very positive experience; it included seeing the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, visiting our sponsored children and meeting other sponsored children and aging. As for meeting the children and aging, there was continuous appreciation for sponsors and their generous support for their education, well-being and family.
Although not wanting to seem unappreciative, there were numerous requests for us to ask their sponsors to write to them. Frequently, they see other children receive letters and they wonder why they don’t receive any or many letters from their sponsor.
These children have many talents and love to offer, which they would like to share with their sponsors.
Steve Taylor Visits Sponsored Goddaughter, Nathasha, during India Mission Awareness Trip (MAT)
Due to the many letters exchanged between the Jayne and I and our sponsored Goddaughter, Nathasha, my anticipation of meeting her during the India MAT wasn't like meeting a stranger. Although excited to meet Nathasha, it was with a comfort of meeting someone I knew well and cared about very much. She is a lovely and beautiful young woman.
It was a pleasure to find out about a month before the trip that my concerns about not being able to hug her when we met were unnecessary. Nathasha said, "handshakes and hugs were acceptable and I could feel quite comfortable with that." The hugs with the family were better than anything I could have anticipated. It sealed the "family" bond.
Steve Taylor meets St. Jerome’s sponsored child, Taher Mohammed and his family!
An amazing trip to India was highlighted with meeting Taher and his family at their home.
His mother, Azeemunnissa, tearfully told me several times, how appreciative she was to the St. Jerome community for sponsoring her son and helping her family. “It was a gift from God.”