Erika, 24, from El Salvador
Erika grew up in a rural part of El Salvador, where the majority of jobs come from farming. Erika’s father, Daniel, relied on farming to support his wife and six children. Unfortunately, the income was not steady.
As a young girl, Erika attended a school where many of her classmates were sponsored through Unbound. As the second oldest, she saw how much her parents struggled to meet her education expenses and those of her siblings. Erika knew sponsorship would help her family financially. But she got so much more out of it than that.
“I used to watch all the other children get very excited because they were sponsored, they said ‘I’m sponsored, I’m sponsored,'” Erika shared.
Read more of Erika’s story
Malou collects information about sponsored members and their families impacted by flooding from tropical storm Fung-Wong.
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.
Want to help? Donate to Disaster Response.
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.
Read the reports
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
Ten-year-old Maria from Guatemala.
By Elizabeth Alex, community outreach and media relations director for Unbound
“My name is Maria and my favorite thing in life is going to school.”
The simple, straightforward statement from a third grader in Guatemala represents the dream of children in the developing world.
Maria lives in a small house in a rural area of Guatemala. Her father is sick and hasn’t been able to work. Her family survives because of the kindness of neighbors, friends and their church. On most days, meals consist of salted tortillas and water.
Like many kids who live in poverty, Maria is lacking in nutrition. But she has plenty of energy for life.
Read more about Maria
Unbound staff members take a group selfie with their sponsored friends’ photos.
Do you or your kids take selfies? Take one on September 21st for our first Unbound Selfie Day!
Snap a photo of you with your sponsored friend. Then, post it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or the social media channel of your choice.
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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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. Share this post: