The Unbound family is just as bright and colorful as our logo. We’ve put together a bunch of photos to show you just how colorful our communities around the world can be.
Tomorrow, Aprill 22, is Earth Day, and Unbound sponsored friends and their families in the Philippines are celebrating with bokashi balls.
No, it isn’t a new healthy cereal to help cleanse your system. But it will help cleanse rivers and other freshwater resources.
“Bokashi” is a Japanese term that means “fermented organic matter” and refers to a system developed in Japan that uses beneficial micro-organisms to break down toxins and food waste. Bokashi balls can improve the life of the river and help restore it to its proper ecological balance.
Unbound’s Antipolo project in the Philippines has been making bokashi balls since 2009 and started to see positive environmental effects in area rivers where the mudballs have been utilized..
Click here to read more about bokashi balls.
By Veronica Batton, writer/editor for Unbound
Happy World Water Day! We celebrate this day each year on March 22, as a way to highlight the importance of freshwater and maintaining freshwater resources. The theme for World Water Day 2014 is on “Water and Energy.”
When you consider that 60 percent of the adult human body is made of it, and about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by it, water becomes a pretty important resource for us to care for in the right way. Read more
By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor
After Typhoon Haiyan washed over the Philippines, leaving devastation in its wake, help from all over the world came pouring in. With all the aid from international sources, it is still the stories of communities reaching out to their neighbors that touched us the most.
Meet Reynaldo. He is a leader of the ERPATs (a service group for fathers of sponsored children) in Iloilo, one of the areas hit hard by the storm. Thanks to his efforts, families in his area were evacuated to safety before the storm. Now, he is helping rebuild with disaster assistance from Unbound.
Read more about Reynaldo and his community here.
National Love Your Pet Day is Thursday, Feb. 20! Check out photos from around the world of sponsored friends with their pets.
As the world watches the heartbreaking plight of people who are suffering in the Philippines, the questions we hear hundreds of times a day at CFCA are, “Is my sponsored friend all right?” and “How can I help?”
Our families are safe
We can tell you that our teams in the field do not believe that any of the 45,000 sponsored friends associated with CFCA projects have been killed.
But we share the grief of thousands of families whose loved ones died in the path of this catastrophic storm, and we stand ready to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan rebuild.
Almost 300 CFCA families from high-risk and flood-prone areas in our Legazpi project were moved by order of the provincial government to evacuation centers before Haiyan took aim on the islands.
Our families are now making their way home, though what some return to can no longer be considered “home.”
Hundreds find that missing roofs, flooded homes and ruined crops are all that remain.
“Their basic farm crops, particularly bananas, were massively uprooted,” said Antipolo project coordinator Malou Navio.
Here is how you can help
Donate to our Disaster Assistance Fund. This is a way to support the families in need after natural disasters uproot their lives.
This fund provides money to buy supplies for rebuilding homes, seeds for new crops and to replace farming tools lost in the storm.
You can also make a long-term and lasting difference by sponsoring a child from the Philippines.
The already struggling economy of the Philippines will suffer even more because of Haiyan.
Children whose parents struggle to make ends meet will need encouragement and support now more than ever.
The need is ongoing
Haiyan is the 25th typhoon to hit the Philippines this year and the third category 5 typhoon to strike within the last three years.
There will always be a need for support through sponsorship and donations.
You can start helping today.
Carmen, a former CFCA scholar in Guatemala, recalls the struggles she overcame to achieve her dream of graduating from high school. She started her own business while in school to provide extra income for her family.