Sponsored youth from the Dumagat tribe in the Philippines splash in cool waters flowing from the Sierra Madre Mountains. Summer has started in the Philippines, with temperatures topping 90 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas. That sounds pretty nice to those of us in the U.S. who just recently emerged from winter’s deep freeze!
Our awareness trip to India was the most memorable, amazing time we have ever spent. The beautiful faces of those happy children, their joyful singing and dancing, their eagerness to meet us, to touch us, to have their picture taken with us, all these things filled us with joy.
Though we weren’t “their” sponsors, we represented all sponsors, and they loved us as though we had been writing them letters for years.
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.
Unbound believes in empowering women. Our mothers groups began in India and now help women around the world gain vital financial support, education and confidence. We encourage all efforts in India to keep women and girls safe so that they may continue to drive positive change in their communities. Help us.
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.
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.
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.
By Dallas Parker, communications intern at Unbound
Watching out for the health of our aging friends is extremely important to all of us here at Unbound. In partnership with Care for the Aging, a program that offers weekly blood pressure monitoring and other health care advice, 95 sponsored elderly members of our Quezon project in the Philippines obtain the medical attention they need.
Facilitators of the program in the Payatas community are not only monitoring blood pressure, but they are also teaching the elderly how to care for themselves.