In this two-part video, Stacy King, Unbound trip coordinator, describes her journey to India on an Unbound awareness trip — the trip of a lifetime.
Here at Unbound, we know kids are amazing. They’re a large part of why we do what we do. Eleven-year-old Jennifer from Colorado is showing just how awesome and innovative kids can be.
By Becky Spachek, evaluation specialist for Unbound
Becky Spachek is an evaluation specialist for Unbound in Kansas City. She recently traveled to Guatemala to visit sponsored friends and their families in their homes to learn about their experiences with sponsorship to better understand how their economic reality is impacted by the program. Becky describes a day on her trip in this blog post.
In Guatemala, there are many ways to say happy birthday. With Spanish as the official language of the country, feliz cumpleaños is one option. But with more than 20 indigenous Mayan languages, there are many to choose from.
Kakchiquel is one of the Mayan dialects in Guatemala, and some of our sponsored friends who speak it wanted to share with you how they say happy birthday.
Help make Unbound birthdays special by donating to the Birthday Fund.
One glance at Fabian’s picture will tell you this sweet and smiling 4-year-old lives with a simple sense of joy.
“I like playing with my friends,” he says. “And when I am at home I take care of my pet; my chick. My mom helps me feed it.”
Fabian is the only child of his mother, Mary.
She is the sole support for her son and her grandmother who lives with them.
Mary used to work at a small truck stop in their neighborhood in Kenya, but two years ago she was diagnosed with debilitating arthritis. She can no longer hold a steady job.
More than anything, Mary wants Fabian to go to school.
“I heard that Unbound helps children and the aging and I truly hope my son also benefits,” she said.
Fabian doesn’t understand the pain his mother endures daily, or the difficult time she has providing food, shelter and education for him. But he works hard to behave and do well in school.
Sponsor Fabian and we guarantee his smile will brighten your life. As will his goal for the future.
“I want to be a good boy when I grow up.”
Editor’s note: Since this post was published, Fabian has been sponsored. Click here to see other children waiting for sponsors.
Today is International Friendship Day. Unbound is all about fostering friendships that cross borders and span cultures. On awareness trips hosted by Unbound, sponsors can meet their sponsored friends face to face. To celebrate the many friendships formed through sponsorship, we want to share with you photos of sponsors and their sponsored friends.
Meet your sponsored friend on an Unbound Awareness Trip. Check out our trips page for more information.
Ramadan is an important part of the year for sponsored friends from the Muslim faith. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting. On the last day of Ramadan, or Ramzan in India, there is a feast called Eid Ul Fitr, the feast of breaking the fast.
Last year, our Hyderabad program held an Eid Ul Fitr celebration for Muslim and non-Muslim sponsored members and their families. Along with food to break the fast, the celebration featured presentations given by mothers and sponsored youth. It was a chance to share Muslim traditions and celebrate the varied cultures in the Unbound community.
Learn more about another culture by sponsoring today!