Jul 30 2014

Celebrating International Friendship Day

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.

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Sponsor Toni Guidice with sponsored friends Jackline (left) and Josephine (right) in Kenya.


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Rosy and her sponsor, Maria Soleri, in Ecuador.


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A group of teenage sponsors from the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in New York play soccer with sponsored teens in El Salvador.


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Pavithra and her sponsor, Ellen Raspitha, sit on the floor of Pavithra’s home in India.


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Christine and her sponsor, Leila Felix, in Kenya.


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Sponsor John Vos and his sponsored friend, Mark, in the Philippines.


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Sponsor Sam Emmite with his sponsored friend Ximena and her mom and little sister in Ecuador.


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Amini (center) walks with her sponsors Maureen, Michael and Emily Watts in India.


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Francisca and her sponsor, Thomas Slattery, in the Philippines.


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Bonnie and Warren Breitbarth with their sponsored friend Christian in Mexico.


Meet your sponsored friend on an Unbound Awareness Trip. Check out our trips page for more information.

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Jul 9 2014

Minnesota sponsor learns about true happiness

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David Ziegler and his sponsored friend, Mimi, give a thumbs up to David’s 2006 visit to Guatemala.

“After meeting Mimi and her family my life was different. I learned it doesn’t take much to be happy. Edgar’s family had next to nothing but had the biggest smiles.” —David Ziegler, Minnesota

At 17, David Ziegler had the opportunity to travel with a church group to build a school in Guatemala. He wasn’t expecting to build a friendship that is still growing eight years later.

Read more about David’s journey.

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Jul 4 2014

Sponsorship in 3-D: A sponsor’s reflection

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Pictured front row, from left are sponsored youth Lusbin, Mary Kim Tadda and sponsored youth Dulce. Back row: Lusbin’s parents, Jacinto and Concepcion, Connie and Bernie Tadda and Dulce’s mother, Natividad.

Bernie and Connie Tadda have been Unbound sponsors for 16 years. They and their daughter, Mary Kim, recently participated in an Unbound Awareness Trip to Guatemala and shared their experience with us.

Meeting our two sponsored friends was like taking a two-dimensional relationship and turning it into 3-D. The love and graciousness we experienced were overwhelming.

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Jun 30 2014

7 things I learned about El Salvador

Sponsored children in Guatemala.

Sponsored children have fun on a swing set at their school playground in El Salvador.

On Unbound’s first blogger trip, our social media coordinator, Victoria Brown, not only met with sponsored families but was also immersed in the Salvadoran culture. Read more to find out some of the things Victoria learned on her visit.

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Jun 20 2014

Summer fun

Tomorrow, June 21, marks the official first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Summer is a time for many people to spend outdoors and soak up the sun. To celebrate the season, here’s a photo gallery of sponsored children around the world showing you what they love to do in warmer weather.

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Jun 16 2014

Unbound in the blogosphere

As the travelers from Unbound’s first blogger trip to El Salvador settle back home, they are already starting to share their experiences on their own blogs. We’re excited to share excerpts from what they’ve posted so far.

Catch up on the trip on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook by searching the hashtag #BlogUnbound or visit unbound.org/bloggers for more information.

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Jun 6 2014

Day 5: Bloggers witness realities of El Salvador

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The 2014 blogger trip team on their last day together.

By Victoria Brown, social media coordinator

Unbound’s first blogger trip has been a life-changing experience for me. It’s opened my eyes to the realities of people living in poverty. Continue reading

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