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Sponsor a child
Dec 19 2014

6 reasons you should write letters

Sponsor a child

Madala in India reads a letter from her sponsor.

Each year Unbound sponsors receive at least two letters and a Christmas card from the person they sponsor. But not as many letters go the other way.

There are lots of reasons for not sending a letter. Not knowing what to say (here are some useful tips), international postage can be a hassle (did you know you can send eLetters?), or maybe life is just plain hectic.

To counter that, here are six reasons from Unbound staff and sponsors on why you should be writing letters.

1. “Each day I communicate in an overwhelming number of ways: social networks, texts, emails, phone calls. However, nothing brightens my day like receiving a little piece of news from one of my sponsored friends in a faraway country. I write because I want them to have the same experience.” — Ellen Edgar, project specialist

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Christmas cards
Dec 10 2014

The journey of a Christmas card

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Christmas cards made by sponsored children in Venezuela.

By Larry Livingston, senior writer/editor

This month, in cities and towns all over the U.S., Unbound sponsors will be receiving Christmas cards from their sponsored friends. A small expression of cheer, gratitude and creativity, these cards have become a cherished Unbound tradition. But what sponsors may not realize is that when their card arrives in their homes it is at the end of a very long journey.

In most of our 21 countries, the process of creating Christmas cards begins in the summer. Following a few practical guidelines set by the Kansas office, the various project staffs form their individual plans. Some will create themes or design templates, while others set wider parameters that allow for more personal creativity.

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Unbound sponsors
Oct 24 2014

Sponsor’s family photo bridges the distance

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This photo of Kathy, her children, Kristen, Alex and Gabriel (front), and her husband, Bob, gave new meaning to the relationship they had with their sponsored friend, Jay.

By Kathy Ackerman, Unbound sponsor

Kathy Ackerman has been an Unbound sponsor for 12 years. She has been sponsoring Jay for half that time. She shares how one family photo changed the relationship between her family and Jay.

For many years my family has sponsored a child through Unbound. Jay is the second child from the Philippines we have been able to help by providing financial support through this organization.

It is very easy to write a check and feel good about making a difference. We frequently received update letters from Jay. I occasionally sent a short note or card back, but honestly, I didn’t fully invest myself in trying to establish a relationship with this child so far away.

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2014 Unbound blogger trip
May 12 2014

Unbound blogger trip 2014: El Salvador or bust!

2014 blogger trip to El Salvador
Follow us on our first blogger trip to El Salvador!

Beginning June 1, four bloggers and two journalists will be visiting our project in El Salvador to share stories, photos and videos from the field.

You’ll see content from our travelers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as featured stories on their blogs and ours.

Click here to find more about each blogger!

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Feb 26 2014

Unbound in the blogosphere

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It’s our privilege to tell you about a blog post that features a tribute to our late president and co-founder, Bob Hentzen.

The post is titled “Bob Walked; Everyone Grew” by Paula Kiger.

Paula has been an Unbound sponsor for several years and has graciously shared her tribute to Bob Hentzen on her personal blog. Here’s an excerpt from her post:

When I read an article memorializing Bob Hentzen, President and Co-Founder of Unbound, after his death on October 9, I learned that when he decided to relocate from Kansas City to Guatemala in 1996, he walked. That’s right: 4,000 miles!

I can only imagine the human rights issues Bob saw on his walk (and continued to see when he settled in Guatemala).

… I doubt any of us reading this plan any 4000 mile walks in our lifetimes. What we can do, however, is slow down and walk through our town, our country, or another country and observe the human rights challenges, with an eye to doing something about them.

Read the full blog post at Perspicacity: Bob Walked; Everyone Grew

Thank you for your support, Paula.

We invite you to click on Paula’s post and leave a comment for her. This helps show our support for her efforts to tell others about Unbound’s work!

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Oct 22 2013

How to overcome language barriers between you and your sponsored friend

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By Shanxi Omoniyi, CFCA correspondent

A letter from my sponsored friend always makes for one of the best moments of my day.

I love to sit somewhere quiet, pore over the words from another country, and think about the time and effort it took for that paper to wind its way from a remote location in Kenya to my mailbox.

Sometimes, though, the letters raise more questions.
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Unbound Awareness Trips
Jul 9 2013

CFCA sponsor: Sponsorship ‘brings encouragement, hope for the future’

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From left: CFCA sponsored aging friend Isabel meets her sponsor, Christine Sementelli.

Sponsors can travel around the world, experience many cultures and make new friends … all through the pages of a letter! See how CFCA sponsor Christine Sementelli finds joy in writing letters, and how this joy brings hope for the future.


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