Category Archives: Unbound

Building homes for elders
Nov 21 2014

Small donations = Big change

Funding for Homes helps repair leaky roofs and collapsing structures and make other improvements families couldn’t otherwise afford. And if enough people contribute just a small amount, together we can change someone’s life.

Sponsored elder Pawn, 76, and her daughter, Pala, 31, live in India. Their small home had mud walls and a thatched roof. They slept on thin mats on the floor, and there was no running water or latrine.

Pala is mentally and physically disabled, and Pawn was concerned for her daughter’s well-being because of the lack of sanitation.

But the most immediate concern for Pawn was the roof. In southern India, heavy monsoon rains are a yearly occurrence and led to further deterioration of their home. The thatched roof was full of holes and on the verge of collapse. Termites infested the roof and walls, adding to the damage caused by heavy rains.

Unbound staff in Pawn’s community saw the condition of her home and knew something had to be done. With the home’s extreme state of disrepair, they found it would cost less and be far more efficient to build a new house rather than try to repair the old one. Because of donations to Homes, they were able to begin the process of building a new home for not only Pawn and Pala, but several other sponsored elders in the community whose homes were also in danger of collapsing.

On a recent trip to India, Scott Wasserman, president and CEO of Unbound, took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly finished homes. He represented the many people whose donations have made it possible for Pawn and her daughter to move into a new home built with brick and concrete.

“Some of [the elders] had tears as they held my face in their wrinkled hands,” Scott said. “They never dreamed that they would live their final years with the dignity provided by their new homes.”

Pawn no longer has to worry about termites in the walls or monsoon rains pouring in. Because of support for Homes from generous people like you, Pawn is able to provide a more comfortable home for her daughter.

Giving Tuesday is just around the corner. This year, help a family achieve a more dignified living situation. Donate to Homes.

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Unbound
Oct 29 2014

Staffer shares Philippine tradition honoring dead

By Tristan John Cabrera, communications liaison for Unbound in the Philippines

Tristan John Cabrera is the communications liaison for Unbound in the Philippines. Each year, Filipino families spend Nov. 1 and 2 at the gravesites of their family members who have passed away. The two days are referred to as Undás. Tristan shared with us his experiences of the tradition.

Every year for Undás, observed Nov. 1 and 2, my family and I visit the graves of our loved ones who have passed away. On Oct. 31 we start building a tent to serve as our shelter for our two-day stay in the cemetery. We start early because of the large number of people who will also build their tents and visit their deceased loved ones.

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Unbound Awareness Trips 2014
Oct 13 2014

A learning journey

Unbound Awareness Trips 2014

Caitlyn meets Ever and his family for the first time.

By Naresli Calito, correspondent for Unbound in El Salvador

Caitlyn had the opportunity to meet her sponsored friend, Ever, on an awareness trip to El Salvador. She is 16 years old, likes to read and enjoys sharing time with her family. They are very close to their faith and frequently attend church.

Although she is young, she has a very strong feeling about helping others. She babysits to pay for Ever’s sponsorship.

“[Sponsorship] makes me feel I need and want to be involved,” Caitlyn said. “It’s a great feeling. I love Ever. It’s about forming a bond with someone from another culture.”

Read more about Caitlyn’s journey

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Sponsor a child
Sep 24 2014

18 ways to say I believe in you

Sponsor a child

“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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Manila flooding
Sep 20 2014

Flooding in the Philippines update

From Malou Navio, coordinator Unbound’s Antipolo program

This is to update you here from [Tropical Storm] Mario [Fung-Wong] yesterday.

Mario affects the quality and sources of drinking water of the Dumagat Indigenous Cultural Communities. They are exerting so much effort to keep their drinking water potable. Another some are still marooned in their colony. They could not cross rivers as the rivers are with strong current and deep.

In other towns, all families affected by the [storm] are grateful as the weather, though with cloudy skies, has no hard rain. The floodwaters of yesterday are now subsiding. More and more families are returning home. They are fixing their wet belongings from rains and flood.

All at this moment are thankful that there was no injury or lost life among our families.

Salamat,
Malou

Want to help? Donate to Disaster Response.

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Manila flooding
Sep 19 2014

Flooding forces Philippine families to evacuate

Manila flooding

Antipolo staff members go house to house checking on Unbound families.

Tropical storm Fung-Wong dumped heavy rains on the Metro Manila region of the Philippines, where more than 33,000 families in our programs live. Flooding forced evacuations and schools and offices to close. Unbound staff members in the area are sending us reports as the storm sweeps through the nation’s capital region, home to more than 11 million people.

Want to help? Donate to Disaster Response.

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