Apr 23 2014

‘On the way to somewhere’

Kibera-entry

By Erin Stillion, financial auditor for Unbound

Erin Stillion, financial auditor for Unbound in Kansas, recently traveled to Kenya to perform a financial audit for Unbound’s Nairobi project. While he was there he met an amazing young man that made a huge impact on his life. This is Erin’s story.

The sun was already beating down on a sea of rusted tin roofs. Our team was wrapping up a financial audit in Unbound’s Nairobi project, spending several days poring over documents, reading policy manuals, interviewing staff, assessing procedures and visiting families. I was exhausted, but brimming with anticipation.

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Apr 21 2014

Celebrating Earth Day in the Philippines with Bokashi balls


Tomorrow, Aprill 22, is Earth Day, and Unbound sponsored friends and their families in the Philippines are celebrating with bokashi balls.

No, it isn’t a new healthy cereal to help cleanse your system. But it will help cleanse rivers and other freshwater resources.

“Bokashi” is a Japanese term that means “fermented organic matter” and refers to a system developed in Japan that uses beneficial micro-organisms to break down toxins and food waste. Bokashi balls can improve the life of the river and help restore it to its proper ecological balance.

Unbound’s Antipolo project in the Philippines has been making bokashi balls since 2009 and started to see positive environmental effects in area rivers where the mudballs have been utilized..

Click here to read more about bokashi balls.

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Apr 18 2014

Celebrating Holy Week in Guatemala

This week, people around the world have been celebrating Holy Week in a variety of ways. The celebrations in Guatemala are particularly colorful and fragrant.

During Holy Week, families in Guatemala make carpets out of natural materials like sawdust, pine needles and flowers to line the streets for Holy Week processions.

Read more about the tradition here.

Do you have any special Easter traditions? Leave a comment below to share!

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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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