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.
Sponsor Toni Guidice with sponsored friends Jackline (left) and Josephine (right) in Kenya.
Rosy and her sponsor, Maria Soleri, in Ecuador.
A group of teenage sponsors from the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in New York play soccer with sponsored teens in El Salvador.
Pavithra and her sponsor, Ellen Raspitha, sit on the floor of Pavithra’s home in India.
Christine and her sponsor, Leila Felix, in Kenya.
Sponsor John Vos and his sponsored friend, Mark, in the Philippines.
Sponsor Sam Emmite with his sponsored friend Ximena and her mom and little sister in Ecuador.
Amini (center) walks with her sponsors Maureen, Michael and Emily Watts in India.
Francisca and her sponsor, Thomas Slattery, in the Philippines.
Bonnie and Warren Breitbarth with their sponsored friend Christian in Mexico.
Meet your sponsored friend on an Unbound Awareness Trip. Check out our trips page
for more information.
Johanna (middle front) danced with her mom (left front) and other mothers at a Family Day celebration.
Mothers groups and staff of the Hogares de Solidaridad subproject in Bogota, Colombia, recently organized a Family Day celebration. With food, face painting and dancing, there was a lot to do for everyone that attended.
For 11-year-old Johanna, the day was extra special. Her mom, Alejandra, and the members of her mothers group choreographed a dance to traditional Colombian music. They were one dancer short, however, so Johanna got to join in.
“I had a lot of fun because I had the chance to dance with the other mothers and we supported each other,” Johanna said. “We had good coordination, and I had a great time.”
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“You are not alone.”
That’s the message you send when you sponsor an elderly friend through Unbound. Watch and share this video with others and encourage them to open their hearts to an elder in need.
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.
Sponsored children in El Salvador.
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People ask us all the time how they can help spread the news about Unbound. We’ve found one of the best ways is by word of mouth, and what better way to share Unbound with your friends and family than through video?
To help inspire you, we’ve created a video of our own staff members as they talk about Unbound.
Watch our video, then create your own. Don’t forget to share it with us on Facebook or Twitter!
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