National Love Your Pet Day is Thursday, Feb. 20! Check out photos from around the world of sponsored friends with their pets.
By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor, Unbound
One of the beautiful aspects of the relationships built through sponsoring a child or elderly friend is learning about the vibrancy and richness of other cultures.
Sponsored friends often write to their sponsors about celebrating cultural events or holidays in their countries.
One such event recently took place in the Philippines. The Ati-Atihan Festival features parades known for their lively tribal dances, colorful indigenous costumes and sounds of drums and lyres (small harp-like instruments).
By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor
Looking for a new activity to help get rid of that cooped-up feeling of winter? Our friends in India shared this variation on tag that can be played indoors or out, as long as you have plenty of room to move around.
Our Unbound communications center in India contributed information for this report.
Yetukuri is an 80-year-old sponsored friend living near Hyderabad, India. She has been sponsored through Unbound for six years.
She lives in a home for the aging where she helps in the kitchen cutting vegetables and washing dishes. She also helps outside with gardening and cutting the grass.
Akansha Roy, Unbound communication center liaison in India, and Steve Taylor, Unbound sponsor, contributed information to this report.
For the past 18 months or so, Steve Taylor of Virginia and his sponsored friend, Nathasha from India, have exchanged countless letters. In a previous blog post, Steve and Nathasha expressed how they feel like family, even though they had never met.
Well, they still feel like family, but they can finally say they have met one another!