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.”
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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.”
A street running through India’s Rasoolpura slum.
Mothers of sponsored children visit the bank together to withdraw funds to pay their children’s school fees.
Mothers work together to plan their budgets before going to the bank.
Unbound staff members look over the budgets proposed by the mothers.
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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Shaheen works in her shop with one of her daughters.
Heena, a CFCA sponsored child, with her father and younger sister in their bangle store.
Before her daughter joined CFCA, Shaheen knew how to sew, but did not have the equipment to do so. Through CFCA mothers groups, Shaheen gained confidence, friendship and a new sewing machine, which is helping to support her family.