Kavya meets with other mothers and Unbound social workers at mothers group meetings.
Kavya displays some of the clothing items she has made in her shop.
Tomorrow is International Day of Families, and here at Unbound we love celebrating families. In honor of this special day, we want to share Kavya’s story. She started her own clothing store to help support her family.
Before Kavya had her own clothing store, she worried about her family’s financial future. Her husband worked as a driver and his erratic job schedule made it difficult for them to make ends meet.
“The idea of my husband working odd hours and not being paid enough to run a family of four members always had me disturbed,” she said. “I thought I could put my skills of tailoring to work and start a shop of my own.”
Celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 11, with a photo of your mom on Twitter and Instagram!
Every Monday on Instagram, we celebrate mothers of sponsored children and their efforts to create a better life for their families. Our #MotherMonday hashtag game shows the faces of mothers around the world, and we want you to add to our collage.
Post a photo of your mom or a photo of you with your mom, tag @Unboundorg and use the hashtag #MotherMonday.
Esther and baby Alex from Kenya. Esther’s older son Samuel is sponsored through Unbound.
Ann and her daughter Sophia, an Unbound sponsored youth, are part of the Maasai tribe in Kenya. The Masssai are known for their beautiful artisan beadwork.
Here we have Graciela and her two daughters, Gloria, left, and Viviana. Both girls are sponsored through Unbound in Colombia.
Maria Luisa, center, and her adorable children outside their home in Bolivia. Looks like she’s got her hands full!
From left: Cecilia helps her daughters Karol and Karen with their homework. The girls are part of the Unbound sponsorship program in Colombia.
Berta holds her daughter, Idalia, in one arm and “ensarta” in the other. Ensarta is the thread of fishes. The main way to create income in Berta’s area of El Salvador is through fishing and other activities from the lake.
This is Estela and two of her 10 children, Edwin and baby Carlos, in Guatemala. So cute! “I am proud of my children because they are good children and they are good students,” Estela said.
This is Meena with her daughter Kushi. Meena is part of an Unbound mothers group in India. She purchased the sewing machine with a microloan provided by the group.
Here we have Olga and Marvin and their little boy, Anderson, in El Salvador. While Marvin works as a bricklayer, Olga stays at home with Anderson and also breeds and sells chickens to add to the family’s income. What a hard-working family!
Elizabeth (second from right) is part of an Unbound mothers group in Kenya. She took out a loan from her group and now runs a successful poultry business with her husband and two sons. Way to go, Elizabeth!
From left: This is Maria and her two daughters, Emili and Lizbeth, who live in El Salvador. Maria stays home with the girls while her husband works hard in the fields to provide an income for the family.
Meet Wendy and her son Carlos, who live in El Salvador. Wendy is a hard-working, single mom who takes care of Carlos and her younger son, Byron, who has cerebral palsy and needs special care. Along with taking care of her boys, Wendy makes and sells traditional Salvadoran treats to earn extra income for the family.
Meet Anita and her son, Abhishek, who is sponsored through Unbound. This family lives in India where Anita is a housewife and takes care of her three young children.
Meet Maria Auxiliadora and her two daughter’s Maria Isabel and Kathiela Vanessa! This family lives in Nicaragua where Maria is a housewife and she is also in the “Blessings from God” mothers group where they prepare and sell nakatamales. Her husband, Juan, is a hard-working truck loader. They are a humble family.
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!
Amy and Ben Luebbering stand with their sponsored friend Lucia from India.
Amy Luebbering and her husband, Ben, have been sponsors for six years. They recently got the chance to participate in an Unbound Awareness Trip to India and shared their experience with us.
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.
John, John and Lenard make bokashi balls at their local Unbound office.
Boxes of completed bokashi balls.
Sponsored elders are ready to toss the bokashi balls into Laguna Lake.
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.
Students on their way to school in Suryapet, India.
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.
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.