Families of FANA

Families of FANA --United by our children, committed to all children-- We are a support network of 400 families who have completed or are in the process of completing adoption through FANA, a private orphanage located in Bogotá, Colombia.

We provide adoption and educational services, and promote a social and cultural connection for families from WNY, Ontario, and PA to foster our childrens’ appreciation and understanding of Colombia. Our all-volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization raises funds for FANA in Bogotá and supports local childrens’ charities in WNY.

Mission: Through the volunteer efforts of our members, we will reliably support FANA of Bogotá and charities dedicated to children in our communities. We will meet the needs of our families from the beginning of the adoption process, through the adolescent years of our children, and beyond. We will offer our children education and experiences to help them connect with the culture of Colombia. All of our members will have the opportunity to participate and give back, for this will truly allow our organization to be self-perpetuating and self-sustaining.

Operating as usual

Did you know that giving back to our community is an important Families of FANA value? Each year, several local charitie...
10/05/2020

Did you know that giving back to our community is an important Families of FANA value? Each year, several local charities that focus on the needs of children are selected to receive a donation. Since 1997, we have donated more than $500K to over 150 worthy organizations!

Families of FANA members--if you have a local charity recommendation for 2020 please complete and return the NEW application form that was included with your Agosto/Septiembre La Hoja Newsletter by October 24. Check your emails for more details and contact information!

Dear Families and Friends of FANA, WNY-We want to give you all a huge thank you for participating in our Virtual Auction...
09/28/2020

Dear Families and Friends of FANA, WNY-

We want to give you all a huge thank you for participating in our Virtual Auction (now closed) and donating to the 90 plus children at the orphanage in Suba, Colombia.

In an extreme time of need, your kindness and generosity will not go unnoticed. Over the past few days, together, we have made a difference!

Here is the link if you would still like to donate:
www.familiesoffana.org/donations/

The Virtual Auction committee will be meeting this week to begin the delivery process so please keep your eyes out this week for an email. We thank you all and wish you a safe and healthy rest of 2020!!

TOGETHER - we can all make a difference!

Sincerely,

The FANA 2020 Virtual Auction Team

Don't miss out on your opportunity to bid or donate to the FANA 2020 Virtual Auction! Click here:  https://ffana2020.ggo...
09/27/2020

Don't miss out on your opportunity to bid or donate to the FANA 2020 Virtual Auction! Click here: https://ffana2020.ggo.bid

TOGETHER - we can all make a difference!

Happy Saturday! Less than 36(ish) hours remain to bid or donate to the FANA 2020 Virtual Auction. Many have enjoyed the ...
09/26/2020

Happy Saturday!

Less than 36(ish) hours remain to bid or donate to the FANA 2020 Virtual Auction.

Many have enjoyed the back and forth bidding! Please consider joining in the fun before time runs out! Click here: https://ffana2020.ggo.bid

TOGETHER - we can all make a difference!

We've got Colombian Coffee, we've got Grills, we've got Electronics, and we've got Jewelry and Jerseys and Bags, OH MY! ...
09/25/2020

We've got Colombian Coffee, we've got Grills, we've got Electronics, and we've got Jewelry and Jerseys and Bags, OH MY! It's true, we've got pages of great items (including over 80 Colombian Packages) for you to bid on RIGHT NOW! Just click this link https://ffana2020.ggo.bid and you're in! The Auction will run through Sunday, September 27 at 7pm.

Don't want to bid, but do want to support the children who still call FANA home? You can skip the bidding process (although it's fun) and simply click on the Please Click Here to Donate button on the Auction page -- it's that easy!

HELP SPREAD THE WORD - share this link with your friends and family. All are welcome to participate!

TOGETHER - we can all make a difference!

Starting TODAY at 9am, click this link https://ffana2020.ggo.bid and begin bidding on the over 80 Colombian Packages. Th...
09/24/2020

Starting TODAY at 9am, click this link https://ffana2020.ggo.bid and begin bidding on the over 80 Colombian Packages. The Auction will run through Sunday, September 27 at 7pm.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD - share this link with your friends and family. All are welcome to participate!

TOGETHER - we can all make a difference!

The FANA 2020 Virtual Auction Team

Starting TODAY at 9am, you can click https://ffana2020.ggo.bid  and begin bidding on the many Household and Leisure Pack...
09/23/2020

Starting TODAY at 9am, you can click https://ffana2020.ggo.bid and begin bidding on the many Household and Leisure Packages as well as the Did You Know Sponsorship Opportunities. To celebrate Mercedes’ birthday, the over 80 Colombian Packages will open at 9am on Thursday. The Auction will run through Sunday, September 27 at 7pm.

As September winds down and the fall season has arrived, our FANA community is reminded of the person who made all of our families possible. Mercedes de Martinez, pictured above, started FANA in her home in 1972. Since then, 14,000+ children have found their forever homes, including hundreds right here in Western New York. The COVID-19 outbreak forced us to cancel everything else we do as a community, but we can make this happen for the children who still call FANA home.

PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE! TOGETHER - we can all make a difference!

The FANA 2020 Virtual Auction Team



PLEASE NOTE: All packages are final sale. Delivery is free within a two-hour radius of Buffalo, NY. Addresses outside of this two-hour radius will be subject to shipping and handling charges unless other arrangements are made.

ONE MORE DAY - until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction begins!! CLICK https://ffana2020.ggo.bid to preview t...
09/22/2020

ONE MORE DAY - until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction begins!!

CLICK https://ffana2020.ggo.bid to preview the great selection of unique items from Bogota, the wide range of household and leisure packages, and of course - lots of Colombian coffee that is no longer exported, but has to be carried back by hand.

THE AUCTION will officially open TOMORROW - September 23 @ 9am, with the debut of many Household and Leisure Packages as well as the Did You Know Sponsorship Opportunities. This year, our auction is held in honor of the September 24 birthday of Mercedes. To celebrate her day, the over 80 Colombian Packages will open at 9am on Thursday. The auction will run through Sunday, September 27 at 7pm.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD - share this link with your friends and family. All are welcome to participate!

TOGETHER - we can all make a difference!

The FANA 2020 Virtual Auction Team

*All packages will have free delivery within a two-hour radius of Buffalo, NY. Outside of this two-hour radius will be subject to shipping and handling charges.*

TWO days to go until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction begins!! Preview Days will run from Sunday, September...
09/22/2020

TWO days to go until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction begins!!

Preview Days will run from Sunday, September 20 through Tuesday, September 22. CLICK THIS LINK https://ffana2020.ggo.bid to preview the great selection of unique items from Bogota, the wide range of household and leisure packages, and of course - lots of Colombian coffee that is no longer exported, but has to be carried back by hand!

TOGETHER - we can meet the daily needs of over 90 children that call FANA home and assist the nearly 190 children and families that participate in the FANA Nursery School. The funds raised will be used to combat the costs of battling COVID-19, the constant needs of the children, as well as the various educational, social, and emotional services that FANA provides.

TOGETHER - we can all make a difference!

PLEASE NOTE: the Auction will officially open on Wednesday, September 23 @ 9am, with the debut of many Household and Leisure Packages as well as the Did You Know Sponsorship Opportunities. This year, our Auction is held in honor of the September 24 birthday of Mercedes. To celebrate her day, the over 80 Colombian Packages will open at 9am on Thursday. The Auction will run through Sunday, September 27 at 7pm.

Happy Previewing!
The FANA 2020 Virtual Auction Team

*All packages will have free delivery within a two-hour radius of Buffalo, NY. Outside of this two-hour radius will be subject to shipping and handling charges.*

Join us this Thursday, September 24 at 10 am to a virtual mass to honor the memory of our founder, Mercedes Rosario Pine...
09/22/2020

Join us this Thursday, September 24 at 10 am to a virtual mass to honor the memory of our founder, Mercedes Rosario Pineda de Martinez, on her birthday.

In this link you can follow the ceremony and be with us on this special day: https://www.facebook.com/parroquianuestrasradefatimaoficial/
#FANA #FundaciónFana #Coronavirus #COVID19 #NiñezenColombia #Derechosdelosniños #FanaFoundation #Fundaciones #Colombia #solidaridad #recetas #donaciones #bogota #niños

Acompáñanos este jueves 24 de septiembre a las 10 de la mañana a una misa virtual para honrar la memoria de nuestra fundadora, Mercedes Rosario Pineda de Martínez, el día de su cumpleaños.

En este link podrán seguir la ceremonia y estar con nosotros en este día tan especial: https://www.facebook.com/parroquianuestrasradefatimaoficial/

#FANA #FundaciónFana #Coronavirus #COVID19 #NiñezenColombia #Derechosdelosniños #FanaFoundation #Fundaciones #Colombia #solidaridad #recetas #donaciones #bogota #niños

IT IS ALMOST HERE - only THREE days until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction begins!! Preview Days will run f...
09/20/2020

IT IS ALMOST HERE - only THREE days until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction begins!!

Preview Days will run from Sunday, September 20 through Tuesday, September 22.

CLICK THIS LINK https://ffana2020.ggo.bid to preview the great selection of unique items from Bogota, the wide range of household and leisure packages, and of course - lots of Colombian coffee that is no longer exported, but has to be carried back by hand!

TOGETHER - we can meet the daily needs of over 90 children that call FANA home and assist the nearly 190 children and families that participate in the FANA Nursery School. The funds raised will be used to combat the costs of battling COVID-19, the constant needs of the children, as well as the various educational, social, and emotional services that FANA provides.

TOGETHER - we can all make a difference!

PLEASE NOTE: the Auction will officially open on Wednesday, September 23 @ 9am, with the debut of many Household and Leisure Packages as well as the Did You Know Sponsorship Opportunities. This year, our Auction is held in honor of the September 24 birthday of Mercedes. To celebrate her day, the over 80 Colombian Packages will open at 9am on Thursday. The Auction will run through Sunday, September 27 at 7pm.

Happy Previewing!

The FANA 2020 Virtual Auction Team

*All packages will have free delivery within a two-hour radius of Buffalo, NY. Outside of this two-hour radius will be subject to shipping and handling charges.*

Just FOUR days until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction opens!  Be on the lookout for the LINK to begin biddi...
09/20/2020

Just FOUR days until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction opens!

Be on the lookout for the LINK to begin bidding, which will start on
Wednesday, September 23.

Together, we can help the over 90 children that call FANA home and the nearly 190 children and families that participate in the FANA Nursery School. The funds will be used to combat the costs of battling COVID-19, the countless daily needs of the children, as well as the various educational, social, and emotional services.

OMA Colombian Coffee is unfortunately no longer allowed to be imported from Colombia. The rarity of OMA coffee makes these items one-of-a-kind and there is plenty to go around!

*All packages will have free delivery within a two-hour radius of Buffalo, NY. Outside of this two-hour radius will be subject to shipping and handling charges.*

We have some exciting news to report! Our 2020 Virtual FANA Race brought in a total profit of $11,573.29!!!In the words ...
09/19/2020

We have some exciting news to report! Our 2020 Virtual FANA Race brought in a total profit of $11,573.29!!!

In the words of our amazing race coordinator, Jill Harrigan-Pogodzinski, "In these times more than ever, the kids of FANA need us and we came through. Thank you to everyone who supported this event in such a challenging year."

And THANK YOU, Jill, for making sure the race was a go!

Winners of our donor thank-you gift cards will be contacted via the email(s) they used for their donation on the Itsyourrace.com website. Families of FANA will mail their gift cards to their homes.

Until next year--stay safe, and here’s to seeing you in person with some empanadas next year!

Less than 5 days until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction opens! Be on the lookout for the LINK to begin bidd...
09/19/2020

Less than 5 days until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction opens!

Be on the lookout for the LINK to begin bidding, which will start on
Wednesday, September 23.

Together, we can help the over 90 children that call FANA home and the nearly 190 children and families that participate in the FANA Nursery School. The funds will be used to combat the costs of battling COVID-19, the countless daily needs of the children, as well as the various educational, social, and emotional services.

We can all make a difference!

In the virtual auction this year we have a one-of-a-kind homemade succulent stand made by one of our own Buffalo families, with 4 small woven baskets from Colombia and 4 beautiful indoor plants!

*All packages will have free delivery within a two-hour radius of Buffalo, NY. Outside of this two-hour radius will be subject to shipping and handling charges.

Less than 1 week until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction opens!  Be on the lookout for the LINK to begin bid...
09/18/2020

Less than 1 week until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction opens!

Be on the lookout for the LINK to begin bidding, which will start on
Wednesday, September 23.

Together, we can help the over 90 children that call FANA home and the nearly 190 children and families that participate in the FANA Nursery School. The funds will be used to combat the costs of battling COVID-19, the countless daily needs of the children, as well as the various educational, social, and emotional services.

We can all make a difference!

In the virtual auction this year we have the Hall of Famer, Tommy John Collection Package with a certificate of authenticity!

*All packages will have free delivery within a two-hour radius of Buffalo, NY. Outside of this two-hour radius will be subject to shipping and handling charges.

Only ONE WEEK until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction opens! Be on the lookout for the LINK to begin bidding...
09/17/2020

Only ONE WEEK until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction opens!

Be on the lookout for the LINK to begin bidding, which will start on
Wednesday, September 23.

Together, we can help the over 90 children that call FANA home and the nearly 190 children and families that participate in the FANA Nursery School. The funds will be used to combat the costs of battling COVID-19, the countless daily needs of the children, as well as the various educational, social, and emotional services.

Items up for bidding also include a new Amazon Fire HD tablet and a brand new Weber Grill with accessories!

*All packages will have free delivery within a two-hour radius of Buffalo, NY. Outside of this two-hour radius will be subject to shipping and handling charges.

Only 7 days until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction opens!  Be on the lookout for the LINK to begin bidding,...
09/16/2020

Only 7 days until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction opens!

Be on the lookout for the LINK to begin bidding, which will start on
Wednesday, September 23.

Together, we can help the over 90 children that call FANA home and the nearly 190 children and families that participate in the FANA Nursery School. The funds will be used to combat the costs of battling COVID-19, the countless daily needs of the children, as well as the various educational, social, and emotional services.

We can all make a difference!

Here are two Colombian items that are available for bidding this year! A beautiful swing hammock and many different framed prints of Colombia!

*All packages will have free delivery within a two-hour radius of Buffalo, NY. Outside of this two-hour radius will be subject to shipping and handling charges.

Celebrating the Bills win yesterday, we have two jerseys in our auction that will be signed by our city's Captains and t...
09/15/2020

Celebrating the Bills win yesterday, we have two jerseys in our auction that will be signed by our city's Captains and they could be yours!*

The time is near, only 8 days until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction begins!

Be on the lookout for the link to begin bidding, which will start on Wednesday, September 23!!!!!!!!

*All packages will have free delivery within a two-hour radius of Buffalo, NY. Outside of this two-hour radius will be subject to shipping and handling charges.

The time is near, only 8 days until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction begins!  Be on the lookout for the LIN...
09/15/2020

The time is near, only 8 days until the WNY Families of FANA 2020 Virtual Auction begins!

Be on the lookout for the LINK to begin bidding, which will start on
Wednesday, September 23.

Together, we can help the over 90 children that call FANA home and the nearly 190 children and families that participate in the FANA Nursery School. The funds will be used to combat the costs of battling COVID-19, the countless daily needs of the children, as well as the various educational, social, and emotional services.

We can all make a difference!

Wishing all of our families--students, teachers, and parents--who have already started, are starting this week, or will ...
09/08/2020

Wishing all of our families--students, teachers, and parents--who have already started, are starting this week, or will be starting very soon a wonderful year of growth and learning. Some words of wisdom from Dr. Seuss:

“It is better to know how to learn than to know.”

“There’s no limit to how much you’ll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go.”

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”

“If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn. Oh, the most wonderful stuff.”

Today is Day 1 of our FANA 5K Virtual Race window!  It’s not too late to sign up to run or donate.  We will be running t...
09/05/2020
Families of FANA 5K

Today is Day 1 of our FANA 5K Virtual Race window! It’s not too late to sign up to run or donate. We will be running today through 9/13. Register for the race below, download the free app and run any day, any time! Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. We are only $540 away from our $5000 goal for the kids of FANA.

Please register or donate today!

https://familiesoffana5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=10712&fbclid=IwAR2lDrHOVk4xjXdocID71Y914u7y2Bu8qAmflMyljNVQOHh9xnvbvTm7Auo

Saturday, Sep 5, 2020

We have changed the format of this year's FANA Fun Run to Virtual (you can guess why). Some things you should know:--The...
08/16/2020
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We have changed the format of this year's FANA Fun Run to Virtual (you can guess why). Some things you should know:

--The price has been lowered by $5!
--You can run the usual route at Como Park OR run the route of your choice ANYTIME between 9/5-9/13!
--Log your time on the ITSYOURRACE.COM website or download the app.
--Because the results are not certified, we'll not be issuing winners prizes. You'll instead fnd an optional 'Donate' button when you register for the race. EVERYONE WHO DONATES WILL BE ENTERED INTO A RANDOM DRAWING OF THANK YOU PRIZES, including 3 packs of OMA Colombian coffee and $50 gift cards to Amazon, TOPS, Home Depot, and more!!!!!

We are sad not to see you, but this year more than ever we appreciate your continued support of FANA!

Register below:

https://familiesoffana5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=10712

or donate directly to www.Familiesoffana.org

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1048 Niagara St
Buffalo, NY
14213

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Happy Passover to some of our FANA families , too
Dear FANA Families, As the global outbreak of COVID-19 has now reached pandemic status, on behalf of the Board of Families of FANA, we want to assure you that the health and safety of our FANA family is our top priority. The most important thing for us to do now is cancel the General Membership Meeting scheduled for Saturday, March 21. With the intention of being able to be focus on safety first as well as meet the needs of our bylaws, the Board will be working on creating a comprehensive communication plan to share information to the membership that will include information about, but not limited to: • General FANA Highlights • Board Elections • Annual Financial Review • Committee Highlights • Colombian Heritage Camp • Fundraising Updates – Fun Run and Golf Classic Kick Off As we and our communities face this uncharted territory, we ask for your patience as we put together an appropriate plan for the group. Please watch for more details to follow over the next week or two. Thank you for support and we wish you all the best and good health in this time of unrest. Take care, Paul Fuzak Chris and Margaret Smith Executive Director Board Presidents Families of FANA, WNY
Look at what I saw while watching Most Buffalo on channel 2 #WGRZ the other day! Yay FANA! 💛💙❤️
Our family would like to attend the FANA Bisons game on 6/21/19. Grammy and Grammy (Marge and Rick Trzyzewski) will be in Buffalo and Phil and Jessica Trzyzewski and kids Canaan and Layla would like to go (6 all together). For some reason we do not get the FANA e-mails and cannot seem to access the e-mail to request tickets. Can someone help?? We'd really like to go! We won't be able to be in town for the golf tournament but would love to see everyone, and do this as a FANA family! Also we will have a donation for the auction. My phone is 716-816-8684
Great article about Colombia from the Washington Post.
Hello everyone, I was adopted through FANA as an infant. I was wondering if there was any sort of group for the adopted kids of FANA to connect. Maybe we could start something here. Since my adoption, I have lived on Long Island, N.Y. What about you?
Some of our members at FANA checking out Charlie's Playground 💙💙 FANA is Family❤️❤️