By Erin Stillion, financial auditor for Unbound
Erin Stillion, financial auditor for Unbound in Kansas, recently traveled to Kenya to perform a financial audit for Unbound’s Nairobi project. While he was there he met an amazing young man that made a huge impact on his life. This is Erin’s story.
The sun was already beating down on a sea of rusted tin roofs. Our team was wrapping up a financial audit in Unbound’s Nairobi project, spending several days poring over documents, reading policy manuals, interviewing staff, assessing procedures and visiting families. I was exhausted, but brimming with anticipation.
Students on their way to school in Suryapet, India.
Unbound believes in empowering women. Our mothers groups began in India and now help women around the world gain vital financial support, education and confidence. We encourage all efforts in India to keep women and girls safe so that they may continue to drive positive change in their communities. Help us.
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.
At Unbound we are sometimes asked whether we do anything to help children and families here in the United States. We are happy to say that the answer is “yes!”
Unbound supports several U.S.-based nonprofit causes with financial contributions, volunteering and collecting supplies. Unbound has an especially close relationship with Operation Breakthrough, a child care center located in the urban core of Kansas City, Mo., not far from our headquarters.
We are proud to support the mothers and children who are challenging poverty in order to have a better life. Unbound salutes the founder of Operation Breakthrough, Sister Berta Sailer, for her work with families.
Watch the video to check out our partnership and share it with your friends!
Spring break brings up images of white, sandy beaches and lazy afternoons. But for a group of Benedictine College students, spring break meant long hours, sweltering heat and one week to build three homes and a latrine.
Maria stands proud with her eighth-grade students.
Sometimes the best gift someone can receive is encouragement. That’s exactly what Maria, a 34-year-old mother of three from the Dominican Republic, received from her friends and loved ones.
As a volunteer at the local Unbound office, Maria received lots of encouragement, and eventually a scholarship, from the community there when she made her decision to finish high school and pursue a teaching degree.
One of her biggest supporters was her father-in-law, who told her, “Do not give up.”
Read more about Maria’s journey here.
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.”