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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Feb 14 2014

Making music in Bogota

Music instructor Oswaldo plays the keyboard while sponsored friends practice their song.

Music instructor Oswaldo plays the keyboard while sponsored friends practice their song.

By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor

Music is what moves us. We live our whole lives with rhythm around and inside us; from the beating of our hearts to the traffic outside an office window.

One of our co-founders showed this throughout his life. Bob Hentzen was always just a breath away from a song, and I rarely saw him without a guitar nearby.

Music has always been an important part of the communities and cultures served by Unbound.

In Bogota, Colombia, 30 sponsored children take part in a music class and learn about the importance of music.

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Jan 10 2014

Colombian mothers create a small business that grows

Colombian vegetable garden

Members of the Familia Santa Martha mothers group in Colombia work in their garden.

Mothers everywhere have dealt with the age-old problem of getting the kids to eat their veggies. A group of mothers in Colombia have found a way to encourage their kids to enjoy vegetables and learn the value of hard work, all while increasing the sustainability of their families.

Read more to learn how they did it.

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Jan 1 2014

How to make cookies from Colombia (recipe)

Cookies from Colombia

Sisters Lilian and Maria bake cookies with their father, Jose, to earn income.


Happy New Year! Our headquarters in Kansas City is closed today to celebrate New Year’s Day. To start the year, many of us will make New Year’s resolutions. If shedding some extra pounds is on your list, wait … we’ve got one more holiday cookie recipe to try … before you really get serious about that diet. Get the recipe

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Dec 27 2013

Generous hearts at Christmas

CFCA's president and CEO, Scott Wasserman

CFCA’s president and CEO, Scott Wasserman

By Scott Wasserman, CFCA president and CEO

One morning recently, I read a file from a law firm representing the estate of one of our late sponsors. In her will she left $500 for the benefit of Jose, her sponsored child in Colombia.

Michael Calabria, CFCA’s planned giving director, worked with the attorney, Jim, on how best to use the gift. Our staff in Colombia let us know that when Jose completes 11th grade next year, he must either enroll in college or enlist in the military.

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Dec 25 2013

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from everyone at CFCA! Our office may be closed, but we’re sending you lots of Christmas cheer. As you spend time with your families, we hope you enjoy this Christmas video from El Salvador.

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