Apr 16 2014

Grass-roots approach can change story for India’s girls

Students on their way to school in Suryapet, India.

Students on their way to school in Suryapet, India.

By Dan Pearson, director of international programs at Unbound

India can be a dangerous place to be a girl.

Rape, abuse, dowry customs, child labor and infanticide are part of a tragic legacy in this country that is also full of bright minds and a rich cultural heritage.

The savage gang rape of a young woman unfortunate enough to ride the wrong bus in New Delhi 18 months ago took women’s rights to the streets where thousands marched on the presidential palace.

India’s important national elections being held over the next few weeks will tell us whether the outcry will lead to any significant change.

I hope so. But I have my doubts.

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Apr 4 2014

Elderly take charge of their health

Ruperto checks the blood pressure of fellow elder Agapita.

Ruperto checks the blood pressure of fellow elder Agapita.

By Dallas Parker, communications intern at Unbound

Watching out for the health of our aging friends is extremely important to all of us here at Unbound. In partnership with Care for the Aging, a program that offers weekly blood pressure monitoring and other health care advice, 95 sponsored elderly members of our Quezon project in the Philippines obtain the medical attention they need.

Facilitators of the program in the Payatas community are not only monitoring blood pressure, but they are also teaching the elderly how to care for themselves.

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Mar 26 2014

Friendships cross barriers in Unbound

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By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa

True friendship goes beyond the miles between people — beyond their culture, their religion and the color of their skin.

“I have been in Kenya thrice,” said Toni Guidice, who is from New York and sponsors three children through Unbound. “Seeing my sponsored children brings warmth to my heart. Each time I see them my heart melts.

“I feel nothing but love when I look into their eyes.”

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Mar 21 2014

Sponsored elderly experience more than money can buy

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Sponsored elderly in the Philippines are all smiles on their way to Elderly Day activities organized by the Quezon project.


By Dallas Parker, communications intern at Unbound

For our aging friends, having fun is essential to their health and well-being. Unbound hosts events designed to give social opportunities to aging friends like Elderly Day in our Quezon project in the Philippines. Read more

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Mar 17 2014

Changing lives through sponsorship: A sponsor’s Awareness Trip reflection

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From left: Julio, Flavia, Gabriella, Silvia, Bill and Elvia.

Bill Sheridan has been a sponsor for 18 years. He has enjoyed his many years as a sponsor and shared with us this reflection from his most recent Awareness Trip to Guatemala. Read more

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Mar 14 2014

Banking for success

For many living in poverty in places like India’s Rasoolpura slum, thoughts of saving money and having a bank account are distant dreams. Many have never even stepped foot inside a bank.

In India, Unbound sets up individual bank accounts for sponsored children and youth in which funds sent by sponsors are deposited. For children who are underage, the mothers manage the bank accounts. The mothers work with each other and the Unbound staff to make budgets and plan how the funds will be used for their children’s best interests.

Having a bank account is an empowering, uplifting experience for the mothers.

Read more about their experience here.

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Mar 10 2014

7 myths about child sponsorship debunked!

Maria, a sponsored child in Guatemala, with her sponsor, Patrick Byrne, on an awareness trip.

Maria, a sponsored child in Guatemala, with her sponsor, Patrick Byrne, on an awareness trip.

By Veronica Batton, Unbound writer/editor

I’m a total cynic when it comes to purchases or donations, and “I’ll think about it” is my automatic response when someone is trying to sell me something.

So you can imagine the questions I had about child sponsorship when I first came to work at Unbound in the winter of 2009. I had a list, a long list, of questions that were answered and put to rest.

I’ve added questions and answers to that list since working here, and I truly feel that Unbound is the best sponsorship organization out there. I sponsor Thilothammal in Chennai, India, and I feel grateful to be part of something that’s spreading good things around the world.

So as a sponsor, a REAL sponsor, I’m going to give you honest information and true facts to help guide you and your decision about becoming an Unbound sponsor.

Here are some common questions or “myths” about sponsorship.

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