Luis Cocon visits a home in El Salvador.
Guatemalan farms like this one are affected by the ongoing drought.
By Luis Cocon, communications liaison for Unbound in Guatemala
The other day while waiting for the bus I saw a little girl about the age of 6 crying. Her cry sounded desperate. Her cry troubled some people. Others just ignored it.
“She is thirsty,” her mother said, as a young woman on an old bicycle stopped and gave the little girl some soda. After a couple of sips a smile appeared on the girl’s face.
Her cry for water reminded me that it is essential for life. I thought of places where people die of hunger and thirst. Not in some faraway country, but right here in my own country of Guatemala.
John, John and Lenard make bokashi balls at their local Unbound office.
Boxes of completed bokashi balls.
Sponsored elders are ready to toss the bokashi balls into Laguna Lake.
Tomorrow, Aprill 22, is Earth Day, and Unbound sponsored friends
and their families in the Philippines are celebrating with bokashi balls.
No, it isn’t a new healthy cereal to help cleanse your system. But it will help cleanse rivers and other freshwater resources.
“Bokashi” is a Japanese term that means “fermented organic matter” and refers to a system developed in Japan that uses beneficial micro-organisms to break down toxins and food waste. Bokashi balls can improve the life of the river and help restore it to its proper ecological balance.
Unbound’s Antipolo project in the Philippines has been making bokashi balls since 2009 and started to see positive environmental effects in area rivers where the mudballs have been utilized..
Click here to read more about bokashi balls.
By Veronica Batton, writer/editor for Unbound
Maria, former sponsored child through Unbound.
Lake Atitlan and the San Pedro Volcano in Guatemala.
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
By Regina Mburu, CFCA communications liaison for Africa
CFCA youth group members in Kenya prepare to clean up the Kangemi market as part of a community service activity.
The Kangemi market in Kenya is always a beehive of activity, with sellers chanting continuously to attract customers to buy their wares.
On this particular day, youth from CFCA had come to the market, this time not to buy anything but to clean it up, as the market is dirty and unkempt.
With brooms, rakes, trash bins and dust masks to cover their faces, young people from CFCA’s Maendeleo youth group got busy sweeping and collecting trash.
If one large tree can produce enough oxygen for four people, then sponsored friends and their families in Guatemala just made it possible for 80,000 people to breathe easier.
Click here to find out how
Romelia, a sponsored child, and her father, Ciriaco, use organic fertilizer in their garden.
Ciriaco, the father of a sponsored child, and his family in Guatemala utilize every possible resource for gardening on hand. Or should we say, on hen.
Mothers in Guatemala tend to tree seedlings in a reforestation project they created to help restore their local environment.
Today is Arbor Day! In one area of Guatemala, one community started a new initiative to grow two trees for each sponsored child.