Mar 31 2014

Scholarship helps a mother achieve her dreams

Maria stands proud with her eighth-grade students.

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.

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Mar 26 2014

Friendships cross barriers in Unbound

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By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa

True friendship goes beyond the miles between people — beyond their culture, their religion and the color of their skin.

“I have been in Kenya thrice,” said Toni Guidice, who is from New York and sponsors three children through Unbound. “Seeing my sponsored children brings warmth to my heart. Each time I see them my heart melts.

“I feel nothing but love when I look into their eyes.”

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Mar 10 2014

7 myths about child sponsorship debunked!

Maria, a sponsored child in Guatemala, with her sponsor, Patrick Byrne, on an awareness trip.

Maria, a sponsored child in Guatemala, with her sponsor, Patrick Byrne, on an awareness trip.

By Veronica Batton, Unbound writer/editor

I’m a total cynic when it comes to purchases or donations, and “I’ll think about it” is my automatic response when someone is trying to sell me something.

So you can imagine the questions I had about child sponsorship when I first came to work at Unbound in the winter of 2009. I had a list, a long list, of questions that were answered and put to rest.

I’ve added questions and answers to that list since working here, and I truly feel that Unbound is the best sponsorship organization out there. I sponsor Thilothammal in Chennai, India, and I feel grateful to be part of something that’s spreading good things around the world.

So as a sponsor, a REAL sponsor, I’m going to give you honest information and true facts to help guide you and your decision about becoming an Unbound sponsor.

Here are some common questions or “myths” about sponsorship.

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Mar 3 2014

Why do you sponsor with Unbound?

On an awareness trip to El Salvador, Nayeli snuggles up to a visiting sponsor. Nayeli's older sister Rosa is sponsored through Unbound.

On an awareness trip to El Salvador, Nayeli snuggles up to a visiting sponsor. Nayeli’s older sister Rosa is sponsored through Unbound.

Unbound takes a grassroots approach to spreading the word about our sponsorship program. We rely on the enthusiasm of our sponsors to recommend us and share us with others, which keeps our fundraising costs low.

We have approximately 270,000 sponsors, and we want to hear from as many of you as possible. Why do you sponsor with Unbound? What would you tell others about sponsoring through Unbound? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.

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Feb 21 2014

Rebuilding hope in the Philippines

By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor

After Typhoon Haiyan washed over the Philippines, leaving devastation in its wake, help from all over the world came pouring in. With all the aid from international sources, it is still the stories of communities reaching out to their neighbors that touched us the most.

Meet Reynaldo. He is a leader of the ERPATs (a service group for fathers of sponsored children) in Iloilo, one of the areas hit hard by the storm. Thanks to his efforts, families in his area were evacuated to safety before the storm. Now, he is helping rebuild with disaster assistance from Unbound.

Read more about Reynaldo and his community here.

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Feb 14 2014

Making music in Bogota

Music instructor Oswaldo plays the keyboard while sponsored friends practice their song.

Music instructor Oswaldo plays the keyboard while sponsored friends practice their song.

By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor

Music is what moves us. We live our whole lives with rhythm around and inside us; from the beating of our hearts to the traffic outside an office window.

One of our co-founders showed this throughout his life. Bob Hentzen was always just a breath away from a song, and I rarely saw him without a guitar nearby.

Music has always been an important part of the communities and cultures served by Unbound.

In Bogota, Colombia, 30 sponsored children take part in a music class and learn about the importance of music.

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