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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Mar 7 2014

International Women’s Day: Indian mother helps lead community

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, we bring you Savithri’s story. From washerwoman to political leader, Savithri shows how mothers groups are empowering women in India to provide for their families and change their communities.

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Mar 3 2014

Why do you sponsor with Unbound?

On an awareness trip to El Salvador, Nayeli snuggles up to a visiting sponsor. Nayeli's older sister Rosa is sponsored through Unbound.

On an awareness trip to El Salvador, Nayeli snuggles up to a visiting sponsor. Nayeli’s older sister Rosa is sponsored through Unbound.

Unbound takes a grassroots approach to spreading the word about our sponsorship program. We rely on the enthusiasm of our sponsors to recommend us and share us with others, which keeps our fundraising costs low.

We have approximately 270,000 sponsors, and we want to hear from as many of you as possible. Why do you sponsor with Unbound? What would you tell others about sponsoring through Unbound? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.

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Feb 28 2014

5 ways sponsored friends stay warm in winter

 Icicles form on leaves on a cold day in Mexico.

Icicles form on leaves on a cold day in Mexico.

When you sponsor a child or elder through Unbound, you’re contributing to their warmth, safety and comfort during the winter. Here are 5 creative ways that sponsored friends and their families use to keep out the cold.

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Feb 21 2014

Rebuilding hope in the Philippines

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.

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Feb 7 2014

Philippine festival known for pageantry and devotion

By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor, Unbound

One of the beautiful aspects of the relationships built through sponsoring a child or elderly friend is learning about the vibrancy and richness of other cultures.

Sponsored friends often write to their sponsors about celebrating cultural events or holidays in their countries.

One such event recently took place in the Philippines. The Ati-Atihan Festival features parades known for their lively tribal dances, colorful indigenous costumes and sounds of drums and lyres (small harp-like instruments).

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