Category Archives: Get involved

Unbound scholarship program
Mar 12 2014

Cooking up confidence in Colombia

Yurani, an Unbound scholar from Colombia, demonstrates her skills in the kitchen.

Yurani, an Unbound scholar from Colombia, demonstrates her skills in the kitchen.

By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor

Most mornings, Yurani walks alone to the bus that takes her to the local university, a short 15-minute ride away.

Though she walks alone, Yurani knows she has her family and the entire Unbound community beside her.

Before heading off to catch a bus, Yurani helps her younger brother, Daniel, make the bed. Some weekdays, she also helps her mother prepare lunch for the whole family.

For Yurani, cooking meals is one of her favorite chores, and it gives her good practice for her studies. Yurani is studying gastronomy, or the art and science of gourmet cuisine.

“When I was younger my dream was to be a chef,” Yurani said. “[Now] my dream is to have my own restaurant.”

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Sponsor a child
Mar 10 2014

7 myths about child sponsorship debunked!

Maria, a sponsored child in Guatemala, with her sponsor, Patrick Byrne, on an awareness trip.

Maria, a sponsored child in Guatemala, with her sponsor, Patrick Byrne, on an awareness trip.

By Veronica Batton, Unbound writer/editor

I’m a total cynic when it comes to purchases or donations, and “I’ll think about it” is my automatic response when someone is trying to sell me something.

So you can imagine the questions I had about child sponsorship when I first came to work at Unbound in the winter of 2009. I had a list, a long list, of questions that were answered and put to rest.

I’ve added questions and answers to that list since working here, and I truly feel that Unbound is the best sponsorship organization out there. I sponsor Thilothammal in Chennai, India, and I feel grateful to be part of something that’s spreading good things around the world.

So as a sponsor, a REAL sponsor, I’m going to give you honest information and true facts to help guide you and your decision about becoming an Unbound sponsor.

Here are some common questions or “myths” about sponsorship.

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Feb 26 2014

Unbound in the blogosphere

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It’s our privilege to tell you about a blog post that features a tribute to our late president and co-founder, Bob Hentzen.

The post is titled “Bob Walked; Everyone Grew” by Paula Kiger.

Paula has been an Unbound sponsor for several years and has graciously shared her tribute to Bob Hentzen on her personal blog. Here’s an excerpt from her post:

When I read an article memorializing Bob Hentzen, President and Co-Founder of Unbound, after his death on October 9, I learned that when he decided to relocate from Kansas City to Guatemala in 1996, he walked. That’s right: 4,000 miles!

I can only imagine the human rights issues Bob saw on his walk (and continued to see when he settled in Guatemala).

… I doubt any of us reading this plan any 4000 mile walks in our lifetimes. What we can do, however, is slow down and walk through our town, our country, or another country and observe the human rights challenges, with an eye to doing something about them.

Read the full blog post at Perspicacity: Bob Walked; Everyone Grew

Thank you for your support, Paula.

We invite you to click on Paula’s post and leave a comment for her. This helps show our support for her efforts to tell others about Unbound’s work!

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Unbound Awareness Trips
Feb 5 2014

How to remember your sponsored friend on Valentine’s Day

Sponsors visit sponsored friends on a 2013 awareness trip to El Salvador.

Sponsors visit sponsored friends on a 2013 awareness trip to El Salvador.

By Veronica Batton, Unbound writer/editor

Valentine’s Day in Guatemala is known as “the day of love and friendship.” It’s not just about remembering the one you love, but also remembering friends, family and co-workers who are important to you.

This Valentine’s Day, I wanted to give you some different ways in which you can remember and celebrate the friendship you created with your sponsored friend a world away.

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Sponsored children in Guatemala
Dec 23 2013

4 ways to encourage kids to be more generous

CFCA sponsored child Damaris and her sister at a CFCA Christmas celebration.

CFCA sponsored child Damaris and her sister at a CFCA Christmas celebration.

By Veronica Batton, CFCA writer/editor

A few weeks ago, my older sister shared a photo on her Facebook page of my 5-year-old niece scrubbing the toilet in footie pajamas. As I scrolled through the comments I read that my niece was doing household chores to raise money for a Christmas gift to give to charity.

I thought it was a great idea. With tablets, smartphones, television and the Internet blaring ads for toys and sales, it can be easy to get distracted and stuck in the world of “me.”

Here’s a list of helpful hints to squelch those “I want” moments.

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