Category Archives: Central America

Unbound staff members
Aug 11 2014

A day in the life of a program evaluator

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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.

Read more about her experience meeting a family in Guatemala

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Sponsor a youth
Aug 8 2014

Dad makes sacrifice for daughter’s quinceañera

Juan Jose, Esperanza, Salvador (holding Stefani), Margoth and Josefa Antonia outside their home.

Juan Jose, Esperanza, Salvador (holding Stefani), Margoth and Josefa Antonia outside their home.

Victoria had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador in June for Unbound’s first blogger trip. She was overwhelmingly inspired by the sponsored friends and families she met. Here’s one of her stories.

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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 a child
Aug 1 2014

The true tragedy of the ‘border crisis’

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Emely, 6, from El Salvador.


Editor’s note: Jennifer is an Unbound staffer who felt so passionately about the children at the center of the “border crisis” that she sent this email message to her family and friends. We want to share it with you.

Hello friends,

It’s not very often that I write things like this, but I’m really troubled by what’s going on at our borders. The true tragedy of this situation is the plight of the innocent children who are alone, scared, and often very sick by the time they reach our border.

Please take a minute to think about how desperate the situation must be for these families to risk the lives of their children in this way.

I work for a Kansas City-based sponsorship organization that works with families in 21 developing countries to create paths out of poverty. Last December I had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador to visit one of our program offices and meet some of the families we serve. Witnessing firsthand the living conditions in Central America was life-changing. You simply cannot imagine the daily difficulties these hard-working families face just to survive.
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Sponsor a child
Jul 25 2014

Color me Unbound

Antioquia, Colombia

Unbound works in a bunch of beautiful places, and Antioquia, Colombia is certainly one of them.

The Unbound family is just as bright and colorful as our logo. We’ve put together a bunch of photos to show you just how colorful our communities around the world can be.

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Sponsor and sponsored family
Jul 9 2014

Minnesota sponsor learns about true happiness

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David Ziegler and his sponsored friend, Mimi, give a thumbs up to David’s 2006 visit to Guatemala.

“After meeting Mimi and her family my life was different. I learned it doesn’t take much to be happy. Edgar’s family had next to nothing but had the biggest smiles.” —David Ziegler, Minnesota

At 17, David Ziegler had the opportunity to travel with a church group to build a school in Guatemala. He wasn’t expecting to build a friendship that is still growing eight years later.

Read more about David’s journey.

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