May 19 2014

Blazing trails for good cause

Unbound editor Loretta Kline and her husband, Robert, train together for Kansas City's Hospital Hill Run.

Unbound editor Loretta Kline and her husband, Robert, train together for Kansas City’s Hospital Hill Run.

By Loretta Kline, editor at Unbound

I ran track in high school and participated in road races. I hadn’t run in organized events for years when my daughters asked my husband and me to participate in a run on Thanksgiving Day. We ran as a family, survived it all and had fun in the process.

So when the Unbound Trailblazers were formed, I thought it was good motivation to get in better shape and help raise awareness of our organization at the same time. My husband and I started training for the Hospital Hill Run in Kansas City by running and walking 2‐4 miles several times a week.

We’re looking forward to joining the other Trailblazers June 6 on the road to physical fitness and helping a good cause.

Find out how you can join the fun and become an Unbound Trailblazer.

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May 16 2014

Mother inspires Mexican scholar to never give up

Gladys in Mexico is working on her education with help from an Unbound scholarship.

Gladys in Mexico is working on her education with help from an Unbound scholarship.

Gladys is an Unbound scholar in Mexico. After her father died of cancer 10 years ago, her mother, Marcelina, took on the burden of providing for the whole family.

“My mother has been the hero in my family,” Gladys said. “She bravely put our family on her shoulders and has provided for us by herself.”

Receiving an Unbound scholarship gave Gladys the resources she needed to stay in school at a time when her mother was sacrificing her own needs to pay for tuition.

Read more about Gladys and her mother here.

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May 14 2014

Clothing shop displays Indian mother’s creativity

Tomorrow is International Day of Families, and here at Unbound we love celebrating families. In honor of this special day, we want to share Kavya’s story. She started her own clothing store to help support her family.

Before Kavya had her own clothing store, she worried about her family’s financial future. Her husband worked as a driver and his erratic job schedule made it difficult for them to make ends meet.

“The idea of my husband working odd hours and not being paid enough to run a family of four members always had me disturbed,” she said. “I thought I could put my skills of tailoring to work and start a shop of my own.”

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Apr 30 2014

A family transformed: A sponsor’s awareness trip reflection

Amy and Ben Luebbering stand with their sponsored friend Lucia from India.

Amy and Ben Luebbering stand with their sponsored friend Lucia from India.

Amy Luebbering and her husband, Ben, have been sponsors for six years. They recently got the chance to participate in an Unbound Awareness Trip to India and shared their experience with us.

Our awareness trip to India was the most memorable, amazing time we have ever spent. The beautiful faces of those happy children, their joyful singing and dancing, their eagerness to meet us, to touch us, to have their picture taken with us, all these things filled us with joy.

Though we weren’t “their” sponsors, we represented all sponsors, and they loved us as though we had been writing them letters for years.

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Apr 28 2014

Meet Juana, 82, from the Dominican Republic

Juana, 82, from the Dominican Republic, practices writing in a literacy class for sponsored elders and parents of sponsored children.

Juana, 82, from the Dominican Republic, practices writing in a literacy class for sponsored elders and parents of sponsored children.

Juana, a sponsored elder through Unbound in the Dominican Republic, is part of an elderly group learning to read and write. You can’t miss her energetic smile and voice. She also catches your attention with her sparkling eyes and motherly attitude.

The Unbound office in the Dominican Republic started a tutoring class for sponsored friends who have low grades at school or struggle with homework. The office also hosts a literacy workshop for sponsored elders and parents of sponsored children who are interested in learning to read and write.

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Apr 23 2014

‘On the way to somewhere’

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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.

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Apr 16 2014

What have the poor done for me?

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By Henry Flores, director of the Unbound Communications Center in El Salvador

A friend sent me a message on Facebook, which read, “Congratulations for what you do for those most in need.”

This made me ask myself, “What do I do for the poor and what is it that they do for me?”

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