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Sponsor a child
Aug 15 2014

Gratitude from the cabbage patch

Diamondra, a sponsored child from Madagascar

Diamondra wears the new dress she received for her birthday.

By Barclay Martin, new channels coordinator

Recently Barclay Martin traveled to Madagascar to record a CD with sponsored members and their families. On the trip, he also visited several sponsored members’ homes. This is the story of one of those visits.

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Carrying water
Aug 13 2014

Young volunteer creates new awareness movement

Here at Unbound, we know kids are amazing. They’re a large part of why we do what we do. Eleven-year-old Jennifer from Colorado is showing just how awesome and innovative kids can be.

Jennifer is our youngest Unbound Trailblazer, committed to raising money and awareness about Unbound. She’s organizing a special event at a school in her area: Walk for Water.

Walk for Water is about raising awareness of the difficulties families around the world have accessing clean water. It invites kids, ages 4-18, from the host school and other public and private schools in the area to walk around the host school’s track. Halfway around, walkers will receive a gallon jug of water (or two bottles for the smaller kids) to carry home to their families so they can experience in part what some kids around the world have to do to get water.

Participants are asking adult family members and friends to sponsor them in the walk. All proceeds from Walk for Water will go to support the Health of sponsored friends, (previously known as the Healthy Communities Fund.)

“My goal for the Walk for Water is to raise $11,000 that will help get clean water for families,” Jennifer said. “I have seen that a little bit of money goes a long way. I have seen that helping one person helps many people. I have also seen that having clean water means many changes in people’s lives. I would like to help everyone have clean water, but it takes many people.

“I am doing my best, and I am also showing the kids in my town that we can make a difference. They will experience what others go through, and in solidarity, kids will help kids. If this walk is a success, I want to have a bigger walk next year. We will walk and keep on walking until everyone has clean water.”

Want to support Walk for Water? Check out the event’s My Outreach page here.

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Unbound staff members
Aug 11 2014

A day in the life of a program evaluator

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By Becky Spachek, evaluation specialist for Unbound

Becky Spachek is an evaluation specialist for Unbound in Kansas City. She recently traveled to Guatemala to visit sponsored friends and their families in their homes to learn about their experiences with sponsorship to better understand how their economic reality is impacted by the program. Becky describes a day on her trip in this blog post.

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How to say happy birthday in Kakchiquel
Aug 6 2014

How to say happy birthday in Kakchiquel

In Guatemala, there are many ways to say happy birthday. With Spanish as the official language of the country, feliz cumpleaños is one option. But with more than 20 indigenous Mayan languages, there are many to choose from.

Kakchiquel is one of the Mayan dialects in Guatemala, and some of our sponsored friends who speak it wanted to share with you how they say happy birthday.

Help make Unbound birthdays special by donating to the Birthday Fund.

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Sponsor Fabian
Aug 4 2014

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Fabian, 4, from Kenya.

One glance at Fabian’s picture will tell you this sweet and smiling 4-year-old lives with a simple sense of joy.

“I like playing with my friends,” he says. “And when I am at home I take care of my pet; my chick. My mom helps me feed it.”

Fabian is the only child of his mother, Mary.

She is the sole support for her son and her grandmother who lives with them.

Mary used to work at a small truck stop in their neighborhood in Kenya, but two years ago she was diagnosed with debilitating arthritis. She can no longer hold a steady job.

More than anything, Mary wants Fabian to go to school.

“I heard that Unbound helps children and the aging and I truly hope my son also benefits,” she said.

Fabian doesn’t understand the pain his mother endures daily, or the difficult time she has providing food, shelter and education for him. But he works hard to behave and do well in school.

Sponsor Fabian and we guarantee his smile will brighten your life. As will his goal for the future.

“I want to be a good boy when I grow up.”

Editor’s note: Since this post was published, Fabian has been sponsored. Click here to see other children waiting for sponsors.

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Sponsor a child
Aug 1 2014

The true tragedy of the ‘border crisis’

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Emely, 6, from El Salvador.


Editor’s note: Jennifer is an Unbound staffer who felt so passionately about the children at the center of the “border crisis” that she sent this email message to her family and friends. We want to share it with you.

Hello friends,

It’s not very often that I write things like this, but I’m really troubled by what’s going on at our borders. The true tragedy of this situation is the plight of the innocent children who are alone, scared, and often very sick by the time they reach our border.

Please take a minute to think about how desperate the situation must be for these families to risk the lives of their children in this way.

I work for a Kansas City-based sponsorship organization that works with families in 21 developing countries to create paths out of poverty. Last December I had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador to visit one of our program offices and meet some of the families we serve. Witnessing firsthand the living conditions in Central America was life-changing. You simply cannot imagine the daily difficulties these hard-working families face just to survive.
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Unbound Awareness Trips
Jul 30 2014

Celebrating International Friendship Day

Today is International Friendship Day. Unbound is all about fostering friendships that cross borders and span cultures. On awareness trips hosted by Unbound, sponsors can meet their sponsored friends face to face. To celebrate the many friendships formed through sponsorship, we want to share with you photos of sponsors and their sponsored friends.

Meet your sponsored friend on an Unbound Awareness Trip. Check out our trips page for more information.

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