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Sponsored friends in the Philippines cross a river to get to school.
Aug 20 2014

Back to school in the Philippines

Sponsored friends in the Philippines cross a rice field to get to school.

When you were a kid, how far did you travel to get to school? Perhaps you walked a few blocks, rode your bike or went to the end of your street to wait for a school bus. Sponsored friends Mary Rose and Jovelyn live in a rural part of the Philippines. The girls and their classmate walk 3 kilometers to school each day. That’s a bit less than 2 miles. While the distance isn’t far, the path they travel has some unique obstacles.
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Sponsor a child
Aug 15 2014

Gratitude from the cabbage patch

Diamondra, a sponsored child from Madagascar

Diamondra wears the new dress she received for her birthday.

By Barclay Martin, new channels coordinator

Recently Barclay Martin traveled to Madagascar to record a CD with sponsored members and their families. On the trip, he also visited several sponsored members’ homes. This is the story of one of those visits.

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Carrying water
Aug 13 2014

Young volunteer creates new awareness movement

Here at Unbound, we know kids are amazing. They’re a large part of why we do what we do. Eleven-year-old Jennifer from Colorado is showing just how awesome and innovative kids can be.

Jennifer is our youngest Unbound Trailblazer, committed to raising money and awareness about Unbound. She’s organizing a special event at a school in her area: Walk for Water.

Walk for Water is about raising awareness of the difficulties families around the world have accessing clean water. It invites kids, ages 4-18, from the host school and other public and private schools in the area to walk around the host school’s track. Halfway around, walkers will receive a gallon jug of water (or two bottles for the smaller kids) to carry home to their families so they can experience in part what some kids around the world have to do to get water.

Participants are asking adult family members and friends to sponsor them in the walk. All proceeds from Walk for Water will go to support the Health of sponsored friends, (previously known as the Healthy Communities Fund.)

“My goal for the Walk for Water is to raise $11,000 that will help get clean water for families,” Jennifer said. “I have seen that a little bit of money goes a long way. I have seen that helping one person helps many people. I have also seen that having clean water means many changes in people’s lives. I would like to help everyone have clean water, but it takes many people.

“I am doing my best, and I am also showing the kids in my town that we can make a difference. They will experience what others go through, and in solidarity, kids will help kids. If this walk is a success, I want to have a bigger walk next year. We will walk and keep on walking until everyone has clean water.”

Want to support Walk for Water? Check out the event’s My Outreach page here.

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Unbound staff members
Aug 11 2014

A day in the life of a program evaluator

Unbound staff members

By Becky Spachek, evaluation specialist for Unbound

Becky Spachek is an evaluation specialist for Unbound in Kansas City. She recently traveled to Guatemala to visit sponsored friends and their families in their homes to learn about their experiences with sponsorship to better understand how their economic reality is impacted by the program. Becky describes a day on her trip in this blog post.

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How to say happy birthday in Kakchiquel
Aug 6 2014

How to say happy birthday in Kakchiquel

In Guatemala, there are many ways to say happy birthday. With Spanish as the official language of the country, feliz cumpleaños is one option. But with more than 20 indigenous Mayan languages, there are many to choose from.

Kakchiquel is one of the Mayan dialects in Guatemala, and some of our sponsored friends who speak it wanted to share with you how they say happy birthday.

Help make Unbound birthdays special by donating to the Birthday Fund.

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Sponsor Fabian
Aug 4 2014

Sponsor a child

Sponsor Fabian

Fabian, 4, from Kenya.

One glance at Fabian’s picture will tell you this sweet and smiling 4-year-old lives with a simple sense of joy.

“I like playing with my friends,” he says. “And when I am at home I take care of my pet; my chick. My mom helps me feed it.”

Fabian is the only child of his mother, Mary.

She is the sole support for her son and her grandmother who lives with them.

Mary used to work at a small truck stop in their neighborhood in Kenya, but two years ago she was diagnosed with debilitating arthritis. She can no longer hold a steady job.

More than anything, Mary wants Fabian to go to school.

“I heard that Unbound helps children and the aging and I truly hope my son also benefits,” she said.

Fabian doesn’t understand the pain his mother endures daily, or the difficult time she has providing food, shelter and education for him. But he works hard to behave and do well in school.

Sponsor Fabian and we guarantee his smile will brighten your life. As will his goal for the future.

“I want to be a good boy when I grow up.”

Editor’s note: Since this post was published, Fabian has been sponsored. Click here to see other children waiting for sponsors.

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