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New CFCA center breaks ground in El Salvador

August 1, 2011

CFCA President Bob Hentzen and his wife, Cristina, at the Robert Hentzen Center inauguration in El Salvador
CFCA President Bob Hentzen and his wife, Cristina, unveil a
plaque at the groundbreaking of a new CFCA center in El
Salvador. The plaque shows their cemented footprints from
their crossing through El Salvador on Walk2gether.

CFCA Co-founder and President Bob Hentzen broke ground July 28 for the construction of a new CFCA center in Santa Ana, El Salvador.

The center will provide the CFCA project in Santa Ana with facilities to better serve sponsored members, their families and visiting sponsors.

It will feature offices, a meeting hall, lodging for sponsors and other visitors, and approximately 4 acres of land for agricultural projects.

"The sponsored members and their families will see this place as their [CFCA] home," Hentzen said. "This construction is going to generate jobs and an opportunity for people of all ages to offer their voluntary service."

At the groundbreaking, Hentzen and his wife, Cristina, unveiled a plaque with their cemented footprints taken in January 2010, during their crossing through El Salvador on Walk2gether.

During Walk2gether, Hentzen and others walked nearly 8,000 miles and visited 12 Latin American countries as a sign of solidarity with the children, elderly and families who are part of CFCA's Hope for a Family sponsorship program.

CFCA President Bob Hentzen plants an avocado tree at the Robert Hentzen Center in El Salvador
Hentzen plants an avocado tree at the
center's groundbreaking.

Henry Flores, director of the CFCA communications center in El Salvador, said the new facility will strengthen CFCA's identity and provide much-needed space for sponsored members and their families to gather as a CFCA community and plan for their futures.

"We will be able to train mothers and fathers of sponsored members, carry on agricultural projects such as producing coffee, pineapple, avocado, vegetables, etc.," Flores said. "It will be a place for lots of learning and creativity."

The Hentzens planted two avocado trees at the site as a permanent symbol of their love for and presence among the CFCA community in El Salvador.

"The avocado tree is very generous," Flores said. "Its seed, the heart of the fruit, is very big. It offers shelter and food for different kinds of animals and birds, and its roots are deep. This tree is very similar to CFCA. These are the first of many trees we will plant in our center and communities."

CFCA has served in El Salvador for 26 years. Project staff members in El Salvador work with 12,600 sponsored members and their families.

The center was funded from extra donations provided by CFCA supporters. No sponsorship funds were used for the construction.

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