KC-based international charity teams up with Operation Breakthrough to support local children

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Jan. 24, 2012) — Empowering moms and supporting kids is important work, no matter where in the world those moms and kids may happen to live.

That is why CFCA, an international organization working in 22 developing countries, chose Operation Breakthrough of Kansas City, Mo., as a local project to support.

CFCA will sponsor a classroom in Operation Breakthrough’s Green Neighborhood with a financial contribution of $15,464.

Laney Haake, CFCA director of U.S. outreach, will present the check to Operation Breakthrough co-founder Sister Berta Sailer.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m. Where: Operation Breakthrough 3039 Troost Ave. Kansas City, MO 64109

“Our programs in developing countries are tailored to empower families, especially mothers, in ways that help them make good choices about the future for their children and families,” Haake said. “Education is critical; providing a local network of support and the tools families need to achieve their goals are also big parts of our program.

“In many ways, Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City mirrors CFCA programs overseas,” Haake added. “We believe in supporting these efforts everywhere, including the United States.”

Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) works in Latin America, India, Africa, the Caribbean and the Philippines. CFCA assists families through donations from individual sponsors, through donor support of special funds and general donations.

The grant to Operation Breakthrough will help provide family support services and mental health programming for all the children and families in the sponsored classroom.

“We’re delighted that CFCA has chosen Operation Breakthrough as part of their plan to focus on needs in this country,” Sister Sailer said. “The families we serve try so hard, but they have many unmet needs. We welcome CFCA’s help.”

Founded in 1971, Operation Breakthrough serves more than 400 children from low-income families each weekday, providing nationally accredited early childhood education, after-school programming, health care and social services in one building at 31st and Troost. The average income for a family of four at Operation Breakthrough is less than $15,000 a year. About 100 of the children are homeless at any given time. Operation Breakthrough is a Head Start program whose mission is to help children in poverty reach their full potential and to empower their families through education and advocacy.

“The CFCA funding will help us work one-on-one with the parents of children in the classroom, help them on issues like housing, job searches, and just the everyday stress of raising children without enough resources,” Sister Sailer said.

Founded in 1981 in Kansas City, CFCA is an international nonprofit working with families living in poverty in 22 developing countries. To learn more about CFCA, visit hopeforafamily.org.

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