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Father of a sponsored friend making treats on his food cart
Aug 27 2014

Food cart paves way for brighter future

Father of a sponsored friend prepares bola-bola on his food cart.

Marcelino prepares bola-bola on his food cart.

Food carts are part of everyday life in the Philippines, and one of the popular snacks offered is bola-bola. Bola-bola is made from fish that has been pounded into a paste, rolled into balls and fried. Customers skewer a piece from the vendor’s frying pan and dip the tasty treat in a sauce of their choice.

Marcelino owns one of these food carts and sells bola-bola. His daughter Jenny is sponsored through Unbound. Jenny’s sponsorship supplements the income Marcelino makes from farming and the food cart, helping the family meet their basic needs and build a path out of poverty.

Marcelino uses what he makes selling bola-bola to help pay his children’s school fees. His goal is to help his children get a good education and achieve their dreams.

Help support a family in need. Sponsor today!

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Unbound staff members
Aug 11 2014

A day in the life of a program evaluator

Unbound staff members

By Becky Spachek, evaluation specialist for Unbound

Becky Spachek is an evaluation specialist for Unbound in Kansas City. She recently traveled to Guatemala to visit sponsored friends and their families in their homes to learn about their experiences with sponsorship to better understand how their economic reality is impacted by the program. Becky describes a day on her trip in this blog post.

Read more about her experience meeting a family in Guatemala

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Unbound Awareness Trips
Jul 30 2014

Celebrating International Friendship Day

Today is International Friendship Day. Unbound is all about fostering friendships that cross borders and span cultures. On awareness trips hosted by Unbound, sponsors can meet their sponsored friends face to face. To celebrate the many friendships formed through sponsorship, we want to share with you photos of sponsors and their sponsored friends.

Meet your sponsored friend on an Unbound Awareness Trip. Check out our trips page for more information.

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Family Day celebration in Colombia
Jul 18 2014

Mom and daughter perform traditional Colombian dance

Family Day celebration in Colombia

Johanna (middle front) danced with her mom (left front) and other mothers at a Family Day celebration.

Mothers groups and staff of the Hogares de Solidaridad subproject in Bogota, Colombia, recently organized a Family Day celebration. With food, face painting and dancing, there was a lot to do for everyone that attended.

For 11-year-old Johanna, the day was extra special. Her mom, Alejandra, and the members of her mothers group choreographed a dance to traditional Colombian music. They were one dancer short, however, so Johanna got to join in.

“I had a lot of fun because I had the chance to dance with the other mothers and we supported each other,” Johanna said. “We had good coordination, and I had a great time.”

Sponsor someone from Colombia today! 

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Holy week in Guatemala
Apr 18 2014

Celebrating Holy Week in Guatemala

This week, people around the world have been celebrating Holy Week in a variety of ways. The celebrations in Guatemala are particularly colorful and fragrant.

During Holy Week, families in Guatemala make carpets out of natural materials like sawdust, pine needles and flowers to line the streets for Holy Week processions.

Read more about the tradition here.

Do you have any special Easter traditions? Leave a comment below to share!

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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
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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