Category Archives: Community

Voices of Unbound: Madagascar
Oct 15 2014

Meeting Migasy

By Barclay Martin, new channels coordinator

For those compelled to think that people who live in poverty have nothing but their need to offer the world, I might begin by offering them the example of the extraordinary group, Migasy. This ensemble of musicians from the Unbound Madagascar community has developed a sophisticated sound with thoughtful messages. Messages that move humanity forward. These are engaged people who, amidst struggle, have committed themselves to creating works of art.

As they played song after song for us, I thought about the instruments that they played — some of them borrowed, some of them held together with rubber bands and plastic. These are the stories that don’t come through the music at first listen. They must be told. So should the very fact that they shared their music with us so others might have opportunity to go to school through Unbound scholarships. They were proud to do it.

As we recorded, the spirit in the room was of generosity. For each of the artists in Migasy, the desire to grow as musicians and offer something of substance moves them forward. For my part, I simply felt lucky to be in the presence of beautiful artists who had managed to do so much with so little.

It is the best of our human spirit set to music. It’s their gift to us.

Learn more about Voices of Unbound: Madagascar at unbound.org/music.

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Unbound Awareness Trips 2014
Oct 13 2014

A learning journey

Unbound Awareness Trips 2014

Caitlyn meets Ever and his family for the first time.

By Naresli Calito, correspondent for Unbound in El Salvador

Caitlyn had the opportunity to meet her sponsored friend, Ever, on an awareness trip to El Salvador. She is 16 years old, likes to read and enjoys sharing time with her family. They are very close to their faith and frequently attend church.

Although she is young, she has a very strong feeling about helping others. She babysits to pay for Ever’s sponsorship.

“[Sponsorship] makes me feel I need and want to be involved,” Caitlyn said. “It’s a great feeling. I love Ever. It’s about forming a bond with someone from another culture.”

Read more about Caitlyn’s journey

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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.

Read more about her experience meeting a family in Guatemala

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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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Unbound Awareness Trips
Jul 30 2014

Celebrating International Friendship Day

Today is International Friendship Day. Unbound is all about fostering friendships that cross borders and span cultures. On awareness trips hosted by Unbound, sponsors can meet their sponsored friends face to face. To celebrate the many friendships formed through sponsorship, we want to share with you photos of sponsors and their sponsored friends.

Meet your sponsored friend on an Unbound Awareness Trip. Check out our trips page for more information.

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Celebrating Ramadan
Jul 28 2014

Celebrating Ramadan

Ramadan celebration

Maheen and Shazia take part in a Ramadan celebration in India.

Ramadan is an important part of the year for sponsored friends from the Muslim faith. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting. On the last day of Ramadan, or Ramzan in India, there is a feast called Eid Ul Fitr, the feast of breaking the fast.

Last year, our Hyderabad program held an Eid Ul Fitr celebration for Muslim and non-Muslim sponsored members and their families. Along with food to break the fast, the celebration featured presentations given by mothers and sponsored youth. It was a chance to share Muslim traditions and celebrate the varied cultures in the Unbound community.

Learn more about another culture by sponsoring today!

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Jul 23 2014

Typhoon brings hardship, unexpected blessing in Philippines

Filipino milkfish

Raquel, the younger sister of a sponsored child in the Philippines, carries a basket of milkfish.

Tristan John Cabrera, the communications liaison for Unbound in the Philippines, has been covering the effects of Typhoon Rammasun after it made its way across a large part of the country. Despite the destruction caused by the storm, there have also been unexpected blessings.

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