ERPAT fathers and other community members come together to rebuild sponsored elder Antonio’s home.
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.
The traditional clothing of the Guatemalans is rich in color and culture. Learn how four sponsored youth and Unbound scholars weave a traditional ladies belt, and discover the twist when you read who receives it.
Sponsored youth James plays drums in a festival parade.
Colorful costumes are a big part of the Ati-Atihan Festival.
By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor, Unbound
One of the beautiful aspects of the relationships built through sponsoring a child or elderly friend is learning about the vibrancy and richness of other cultures.
Sponsored friends often write to their sponsors about celebrating cultural events or holidays in their countries.
One such event recently took place in the Philippines. The Ati-Atihan Festival features parades known for their lively tribal dances, colorful indigenous costumes and sounds of drums and lyres (small harp-like instruments).
Sponsors visit sponsored friends on a 2013 awareness trip to El Salvador.
By Veronica Batton, Unbound writer/editor
Valentine’s Day in Guatemala is known as “the day of love and friendship.” It’s not just about remembering the one you love, but also remembering friends, family and co-workers who are important to you.
This Valentine’s Day, I wanted to give you some different ways in which you can remember and celebrate the friendship you created with your sponsored friend a world away.