Victoria had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador in June for Unbound’s first blogger trip. She was overwhelmingly inspired by the sponsored friends and families she met. Here’s one of her stories.
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.
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.
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.
Ramadan is an important part of the year for sponsored friends from the Muslim faith. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting. On the last day of Ramadan, or Ramzan in India, there is a feast called Eid Ul Fitr, the feast of breaking the fast.
Last year, our Hyderabad program held an Eid Ul Fitr celebration for Muslim and non-Muslim sponsored members and their families. Along with food to break the fast, the celebration featured presentations given by mothers and sponsored youth. It was a chance to share Muslim traditions and celebrate the varied cultures in the Unbound community.
Learn more about another culture by sponsoring today!
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.
Tristan John Cabrera, the communications liaison for Unbound in the Philippines, has been covering the effects of Typhoon Rammasun after it made its way across a large part of the country. Despite the destruction caused by the storm, there have also been unexpected blessings.
Tomorrow is Hammock Day, and to celebrate we want to share some great photos of sponsored kids, staff and sponsors enjoying hammocks around the world.