Mar 24 2014

Doris needs a new sponsor (and a letter, please)

Doris, a 12-year-oldgirl from Peru, is waiting for a sponsor.

Doris, a 12-year-old girl from Peru, is waiting for a sponsor.

By Elizabeth Alex, community outreach and media relations director

A confident smile is the first thing you notice about Doris. It lights up the home where she lives with her mom, dad and baby brother.

It’s a tiny but tidy two-room space. An American visitor might notice the walls are covered with cardboard to insulate against cold weather.

Doris wants to be an engineer so she can design homes that are much sturdier than the one she lives in.

“When you are an engineer you get to draw,” Doris explained. “And I like to draw houses.”

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Mar 22 2014

Celebrating ‘World Water Day’: Cleaning up Lake Atitlan in Guatemala


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

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Mar 21 2014

Sponsored elderly experience more than money can buy

Unbound sponsored elderly

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

Unbound awareness trips

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 12 2014

Cooking up confidence in Colombia

Yurani, an Unbound scholar from Colombia, demonstrates her skills in the kitchen.

Yurani, an Unbound scholar from Colombia, demonstrates her skills in the kitchen.

By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor

Most mornings, Yurani walks alone to the bus that takes her to the local university, a short 15-minute ride away.

Though she walks alone, Yurani knows she has her family and the entire Unbound community beside her.

Before heading off to catch a bus, Yurani helps her younger brother, Daniel, make the bed. Some weekdays, she also helps her mother prepare lunch for the whole family.

For Yurani, cooking meals is one of her favorite chores, and it gives her good practice for her studies. Yurani is studying gastronomy, or the art and science of gourmet cuisine.

“When I was younger my dream was to be a chef,” Yurani said. “[Now] my dream is to have my own restaurant.”

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