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Sep 29 2014

“Disability is not inability”

Joseph teaches math to students in classes eight and nine.

Joseph teaches math to students in classes eight and nine.

Joseph, 22, is a sponsored student in Kenya. When he was 2, Joseph’s parents noticed that he wasn’t able to do some of the same things other children his age could. By the time he was 3, he was unable to walk or move around.

His parents took him to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that impairs movement and is caused by brain damage during development.

Joseph underwent surgery to help straighten his legs. He also received physical therapy and used crutches for some time. In all, he spent four years in the hospital being treated for his condition.

Joseph was finally able to join primary school at the age of 7. He was one of the best students in the class.

Joseph’s parents found it hard to get by with Joseph’s medical expenses, four children in school and no steady income. Unbound staff in their area learned of the family’s situation, and in 2002 Joseph was sponsored. The support he received from his sponsor meant his parents could continue paying for his education.

Joseph’s schooling, however,  was interrupted in fourth grade when he had to have another surgery.. He spent another year in the hospital, which meant he had to repeat fourth grade. Despite the difficulties, he continued to excel when he returned to school and even managed to score highly on the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education.

With his high scores, Joseph received a scholarship from the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation, which combined with his sponsorship benefits meant his parents could send him to a better secondary school.

The first secondary school Joseph attended wasn’t the best fit. His condition made it difficult for him to write, which made it hard to keep up with the other students. But it was the negative treatment he received from some of his classmates that was the biggest challenge.

Seeing his struggles, Joseph’s parents decided to transfer him to a school that specialized in teaching students with disabilities. Being among others who faced similar challenges boosted Joseph’s self-confidence.

Joseph, from Kenya

Joseph walks around his classroom full of students.

Joseph recently graduated secondary school with good grades, and plans to pursue a degree in business administration from Kenyatta University. While he waits to get into the university, Joseph puts his time to good use.

He volunteers at his old primary school teaching math and Kiswahili, and he helps out at the Unbound office near his home.

When giving advice to younger students, he keeps it simple. “Disability is not inability,” Joseph said. “Work hard and stay focused.”

Donations to Health help provide equipment and therapeutic devices to sponsored friends with disabilities, along with many other health related initiatives.

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Sponsor a child
Sep 24 2014

18 ways to say I believe in you

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“I believe in you.”

A powerful statement not often spoken. It offers up a pure form of confidence in the people who need it most.
In this blog post, we will show you how to write this powerful statement in 18 languages. You can even send one of these translations in a note to your sponsored friend.

Uganda:

Luganda is a major language spoken in Uganda. In Luganda, “I believe in you” translates to “Nkukiririzaamu.”

Keep reading for more languages

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Pan African Conference
Sep 19 2014

Attending the Pan African Conference

Pan African Conference

Unbound staff from program offices around Africa came together to share ideas and challenges at this year’s Pan African Conference in Uganda.

By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa

Each Unbound program office has their own unique way of doing things, tailored to meet the needs of the sponsored friends in their area. But learning from other offices is invaluable to keeping the program evolving.

Every few years, our program offices in Africa hold a Pan African Conference where they can share ideas and challenges. This year the conference was hosted by our Uganda office. Regina Mburu, our communications liaison in Africa, shares her experiences during the conference.

Read Regina’s reflection

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Fashion around the world
Sep 12 2014

Fashion Week: Photos from around the world

Fashion around the world

By Jordan Kimbrell, writer/editor for Unbound

Unbound works with families from many different cultures and traditions. Inspired by New York Fashion Week, we want to explore the different fashions that are found within those cultures. Today we’re sharing photos depicting the many different fashions found in Unbound communities.

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Lambadi fashion
Sep 10 2014

Fashion Week: Tribal fashions

By Jordan Kimbrell, writer/editor for Unbound

Unbound works with families from many different cultures and traditions. Inspired by New York Fashion Week, we want to explore the different fashions that are found within those cultures. Today we take a closer look at tribal fashions worn by the Maasai in Kenya, the Lambadi in India and the Dumagats in the Philippines.

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Sponsor Fabian
Aug 4 2014

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Fabian, 4, from Kenya.

One glance at Fabian’s picture will tell you this sweet and smiling 4-year-old lives with a simple sense of joy.

“I like playing with my friends,” he says. “And when I am at home I take care of my pet; my chick. My mom helps me feed it.”

Fabian is the only child of his mother, Mary.

She is the sole support for her son and her grandmother who lives with them.

Mary used to work at a small truck stop in their neighborhood in Kenya, but two years ago she was diagnosed with debilitating arthritis. She can no longer hold a steady job.

More than anything, Mary wants Fabian to go to school.

“I heard that Unbound helps children and the aging and I truly hope my son also benefits,” she said.

Fabian doesn’t understand the pain his mother endures daily, or the difficult time she has providing food, shelter and education for him. But he works hard to behave and do well in school.

Sponsor Fabian and we guarantee his smile will brighten your life. As will his goal for the future.

“I want to be a good boy when I grow up.”

Editor’s note: Since this post was published, Fabian has been sponsored. Click here to see other children waiting for sponsors.

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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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