Apr 16 2014

Grass-roots approach can change story for India’s girls

Students on their way to school in Suryapet, India.

Students on their way to school in Suryapet, India.

By Dan Pearson, director of international programs at Unbound

India can be a dangerous place to be a girl.

Rape, abuse, dowry customs, child labor and infanticide are part of a tragic legacy in this country that is also full of bright minds and a rich cultural heritage.

The savage gang rape of a young woman unfortunate enough to ride the wrong bus in New Delhi 18 months ago took women’s rights to the streets where thousands marched on the presidential palace.

India’s important national elections being held over the next few weeks will tell us whether the outcry will lead to any significant change.

I hope so. But I have my doubts.

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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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Apr 14 2014

Praying for all those affected by Sunday’s attack on Jewish centers in Kansas City

By Scott Wasserman, president and CEO of Unbound

As a community of peace and love, all of us at Unbound stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters affected by the violence Sunday at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom Assisted Living Center near Kansas City, just a few miles from the world headquarters of Unbound.

Three innocent people are dead. Their families and friends are forever impacted, and the entire community is searching for answers to a terrible act that can never be fully explained.

The fact that this heinous crime was committed on the eve of Passover and the beginning of Holy Week makes the outcome all the more painful.

While the attacks are considered a hate crime and took place at Jewish centers, this was an attack on all people of faith and good will.

Unbound works with people of all faiths throughout the world in a spirit of peace and unity. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were killed, to the Jewish community and all who are threatened by violence because of their religious beliefs.

The Unbound family condemns this violence. We are praying for all who were impacted.

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Apr 14 2014

Guatemalan teen dreams of making school library favorite place for kids

Claudia is a sponsored youth and scholar from Guatemala. She volunteers at a local school library for her scholarship service hours.

Claudia is a sponsored youth and scholar from Guatemala. She volunteers at a local school library for her scholarship service hours.

National Library Week in the U.S. is April 13-19. People across the country are celebrating by visiting libraries, participating in events and sharing how libraries have changed their lives.
To join in the celebration, we would like to share the story of Claudia, a sponsored teen from Guatemala. Claudia volunteers at a local school library and works with the children there to help them become more engaged in reading.

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Apr 12 2014

Hands raised in song: A sponsor’s awareness trip reflection

Sponsor Becky Costas gets a chance to meet her sponsored friend, Jonathan, on an awareness trip to the Philippines.

Sponsor Becky Costas gets a chance to meet her sponsored friend, Jonathan, on an awareness trip to the Philippines.

Bill and Becky Costas have been sponsors since 1996. Becky works as a sign language interpreter, and in honor of Deaf Awareness Day, we would like to share her reflections on being a sponsor and participating in awareness trips.

God had a plan when he gave me a heart for the deaf and the skills to work as a sign language interpreter.

On an awareness trip to the Philippines in 2006 to meet our sponsored child who was soon graduating from college, my husband, Bill, and I met a group of deaf students.

We were waiting for a Mass to begin when I noticed movement to my right. When I turned, I saw a group of deaf students signing in American Sign Language.

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Apr 11 2014

Unbound supports local education center Operation Breakthrough

At Unbound we are sometimes asked whether we do anything to help children and families here in the United States. We are happy to say that the answer is “yes!”

Unbound supports several U.S.-based nonprofit causes with financial contributions, volunteering and collecting supplies. Unbound has an especially close relationship with Operation Breakthrough, a child care center located in the urban core of Kansas City, Mo., not far from our headquarters.

We are proud to support the mothers and children who are challenging poverty in order to have a better life. Unbound salutes the founder of Operation Breakthrough, Sister Berta Sailer, for her work with families.

Watch the video to check out our partnership and share it with your friends!

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Apr 9 2014

Benedictine College students build homes in El Salvador

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Spring break brings up images of white, sandy beaches and lazy afternoons. But for a group of Benedictine College students, spring break meant long hours, sweltering heat and one week to build three homes and a latrine.

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