Henry and Prossy from Uganda
The ability to read and write opens doors both inside and outside the classroom. Communication connects the world and knowledge is arguably the most life-changing gift one can give.
But for Ugandan parents Henry and Prossy, it was nearly impossible to support the educational needs of their six children.
The family relied on raising animals for an often meager income. Henry was also able to pick up occasional jobs at construction sites, but this wasn’t a reliable source of income. The family’s earnings were not enough to properly educate their children.
In Unbound communities around the world, however, the lives of families are transformed by the sponsorship of even one of their children.
Rodrigo and his mother, Silvia.
In an urban neighborhood in El Salvador, a little boy with a gapped-tooth smile named Rodrigo dreams of becoming a superhero.
But not so he can fly, become invisible or freeze his enemies.
He loves pretending he’s a superhero because every day he sees people who need one.
In a country where more than a third of the population lives in poverty, including Rodrigo, hungry bellies, leaky roofs and families struggling to send their kids to school and to get ahead are everyday realities.
“My dream is to be a superhero,” Rodrigo said. “To save and help people.”
Dumagat elders perform a traditional ceremony as part of their Indigenous People celebration.
The Philippines is home to many indigenous peoples, in honor of which October is designated as Indigenous People Month by the National Council of Churches in the Philippines. Observances are held throughout the country.
As part of Indigenous People Month, the Dumagat community celebrated with traditional ceremonies, a parade and cultural presentations. The Dumagats take pride in their cultural identity and history, and enjoy sharing it with others.
Read more about the Dumagats
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the United States. At Unbound, we have a lot to be thankful for, but our biggest thanks goes out to our sponsors, donors and supporters. Your efforts have changed lives around the world. Thank you from the entire Unbound community.
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Parents are always seeking ways to teach their kids about giving back. And never more so than around the holidays. In this festive, but often wish-list-centric time of year, we need opportunities to remind ourselves about what it means to be grateful, to cherish what we have and to serve others.
Giving Tuesday is on Dec. 2 this year, and it’s is the perfect time for families to focus on giving back. Here are a few ideas for how your family can participate with Unbound this Giving Tuesday:
A home in southern India, similar to the home Pawn had before Unbound helped her build a new one.
Pawn stands outside her new home as it was under construction.
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.
This latrine in Uganda afforded no privacy and is no longer usable.
By Elizabeth Alex, community outreach and media relations director for Unbound
The United Nations has designated Wednesday, Nov. 19, as a day to talk about toilets.
At first glance it may seem an odd topic to dwell on for a day. Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about toilets.
Unless you happen to be one of the people without access to one.
According to the United Nations, almost 2,000 children die every day from preventable diarrheal diseases.
By Elizabeth Alex, community outreach and media relations director for Unbound The United Nations has designated Wednesday, Nov. 19, as a day to talk about toilets. At first glance it may seem an odd topic to dwell on for a day. Most people don’t spend a lot of time thinking about toilets. Unless you happen to be one of the […]