Tag: India

Building homes for elders
Nov 21 2014

Small donations = Big change

Funding for Homes helps repair leaky roofs and collapsing structures and make other improvements families couldn’t otherwise afford. And if enough people contribute just a small amount, together we can change someone’s life.

Sponsored elder Pawn, 76, and her daughter, Pala, 31, live in India. Their small home had mud walls and a thatched roof. They slept on thin mats on the floor, and there was no running water or latrine.

Pala is mentally and physically disabled, and Pawn was concerned for her daughter’s well-being because of the lack of sanitation.

But the most immediate concern for Pawn was the roof. In southern India, heavy monsoon rains are a yearly occurrence and led to further deterioration of their home. The thatched roof was full of holes and on the verge of collapse. Termites infested the roof and walls, adding to the damage caused by heavy rains.

Unbound staff in Pawn’s community saw the condition of her home and knew something had to be done. With the home’s extreme state of disrepair, they found it would cost less and be far more efficient to build a new house rather than try to repair the old one. Because of donations to Homes, they were able to begin the process of building a new home for not only Pawn and Pala, but several other sponsored elders in the community whose homes were also in danger of collapsing.

On a recent trip to India, Scott Wasserman, president and CEO of Unbound, took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly finished homes. He represented the many people whose donations have made it possible for Pawn and her daughter to move into a new home built with brick and concrete.

“Some of [the elders] had tears as they held my face in their wrinkled hands,” Scott said. “They never dreamed that they would live their final years with the dignity provided by their new homes.”

Pawn no longer has to worry about termites in the walls or monsoon rains pouring in. Because of support for Homes from generous people like you, Pawn is able to provide a more comfortable home for her daughter.

Giving Tuesday is just around the corner. This year, help a family achieve a more dignified living situation. Donate to Homes.

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Sponsor a child
Nov 17 2014

How you can help Shiva stay in school

Sponsor a child

Shiva, 10, from India

He stands straight and tall for his picture. Looking sharp in a buttoned-up shirt, he sports a shy but hopeful smile.

A sixth-grader in India, Shiva just arrived at the Unbound office from prayer. The white lines on his forehead are called tikka and are part of the Hindu prayer tradition.

Shiva plays cricket, a national pastime in India, he celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights, and he enjoys poetry in his native language, Hindi.

This delightful boy respectfully requests you sponsor him.

Shiva is one of three children supported by their dad, Gopi, who rides a bike selling tea door-to- door in India. Gopi works long days but doesn’t bring home enough income to provide for a family of five.

Shiva has a passion for school. Especially math and science.

“I like playing with magnets,” he said. “I can show you how the North Pole and South Pole attract.”

But the future of Shiva’s education is a stress for his mother, Laxmi.

“Financial problems are haunting us,” she says. “We are struggling with the education expenses.”

With help that a sponsorship brings, Shiva will remain in school. His parents will see some of their financial burden lifted. Shiva can continue to develop his love of learning and reach a goal of improving his English skills.

You can help this bright young boy reach his full potential.

Please sponsor Shiva today.

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Unbound Awareness Trips
Jan 6 2014

Sealing the family bond: One sponsor’s trip to India

Awareness trips

Steve Taylor, Unbound sponsor, meets his sponsored friend Nathasha on an awareness trip to India.

Akansha Roy, Unbound communication center liaison in India, and Steve Taylor, Unbound sponsor, contributed information to this report.

For the past 18 months or so, Steve Taylor of Virginia and his sponsored friend, Nathasha from India, have exchanged countless letters. In a previous blog post, Steve and Nathasha expressed how they feel like family, even though they had never met.

Well, they still feel like family, but they can finally say they have met one another!

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Taj Mahal
Nov 22 2013

India: Securing the next generation’s future

India

Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”

Today we take a closer look at India, one of the countries in Asia where we work.


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Taj Mahal
Jul 29 2013

Family feels special connection to Taj Mahal

Standing outside a small gift shop run by CFCA mothers, with her hands folded and a slight smile brightening her soulful brown eyes, Rekha is the picture of grace as she talks about her life in Agra, India’s world-famous city that is home to the Taj Mahal.

Rekha is bringing up her two children on her own; her husband doesn’t live with the family. Her 14-year-old son, Dushyant, is sponsored through CFCA.


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