Tag: family

Swimming
Sep 26 2014

A champion rises above health obstacle

Swimming

Juan Jose practices regularly to improve his swimming.

Juan Jose is your typical 13-year-old. He lives with his mom and grandmother in Antioquia, Colombia. He attends school, loves hanging out with his friends and has dreams of becoming a famous Olympian.

But Juan Jose has a little secret.

He only has one kidney. It keeps him from playing contact sports, like football, basketball and soccer, with his friends.
Instead of letting this hold him back, he channels his energy and efforts into swimming.

“I love to swim now!” he said. “I like swimming because we get resistance and we work out with all the muscles. I feel that I am free, and I have discovered that I am a good and fast swimmer.”

Through his chosen sport, Juan Jose has overcome other medical problems.

“I have asthma but I do not give up when I have competitions and I continue until I finish. I always want to be the best despite my health limitations,” he answered when asked about any obstacles in his life.

Even though training is from 6 am to 8:30 am, Juan Jose still said, “I enjoy training because it has helped me to get my health problems under control.”

Though he is a shy boy, his grandmother remarked that he is “disciplined and a fighter for his dream [of reaching the Olympics] and does not care about his health limitations.” Like most grandmothers, she is incredibly proud of him and his accomplishments.

With his most memorable moment listed as signing up for a swimming league, Juan Jose has even bigger dreams for the future. He hopes to “have the chance to represent my town in other cities. Maybe someday I will have the chance to participate in the Olympic Games to represent my country.”

We here at Unbound will be rooting for you, Juan Jose!

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Salvadoran scholar
Sep 22 2014

Success out of sacrifice

Salvadoran scholar

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

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Sponsor a child
Aug 15 2014

Gratitude from the cabbage patch

Diamondra, a sponsored child from Madagascar

Diamondra wears the new dress she received for her birthday.

By Barclay Martin, new channels coordinator

Recently Barclay Martin traveled to Madagascar to record a CD with sponsored members and their families. On the trip, he also visited several sponsored members’ homes. This is the story of one of those visits.

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Sponsor Fabian
Aug 4 2014

Sponsor a child

Sponsor Fabian

Fabian, 4, from Kenya.

One glance at Fabian’s picture will tell you this sweet and smiling 4-year-old lives with a simple sense of joy.

“I like playing with my friends,” he says. “And when I am at home I take care of my pet; my chick. My mom helps me feed it.”

Fabian is the only child of his mother, Mary.

She is the sole support for her son and her grandmother who lives with them.

Mary used to work at a small truck stop in their neighborhood in Kenya, but two years ago she was diagnosed with debilitating arthritis. She can no longer hold a steady job.

More than anything, Mary wants Fabian to go to school.

“I heard that Unbound helps children and the aging and I truly hope my son also benefits,” she said.

Fabian doesn’t understand the pain his mother endures daily, or the difficult time she has providing food, shelter and education for him. But he works hard to behave and do well in school.

Sponsor Fabian and we guarantee his smile will brighten your life. As will his goal for the future.

“I want to be a good boy when I grow up.”

Editor’s note: Since this post was published, Fabian has been sponsored. Click here to see other children waiting for sponsors.

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Unbound awareness trip
Jul 4 2014

Sponsorship in 3-D: A sponsor’s reflection

Unbound awareness trip

Pictured front row, from left are sponsored youth Lusbin, Mary Kim Tadda and sponsored youth Dulce. Back row: Lusbin’s parents, Jacinto and Concepcion, Connie and Bernie Tadda and Dulce’s mother, Natividad.

Bernie and Connie Tadda have been Unbound sponsors for 16 years. They and their daughter, Mary Kim, recently participated in an Unbound Awareness Trip to Guatemala and shared their experience with us.

Meeting our two sponsored friends was like taking a two-dimensional relationship and turning it into 3-D. The love and graciousness we experienced were overwhelming.

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Sponsor a child
Jun 20 2014

Summer fun

Tomorrow, June 21, marks the official first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Summer is a time for many people to spend outdoors and soak up the sun. To celebrate the season, here’s a photo gallery of sponsored children around the world showing you what they love to do in warmer weather.

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Sponsored family
Jun 13 2014

Happy Father’s Day!

From left: Caroline, Jane, David and Caleb.

From left: Caroline, Jane, David and Caleb.

Happy Father’s Day from Unbound! To help celebrate all the awesome dads out there, we want to share the story of David from Kenya. He has enough fatherly love in his heart that, in addition to raising his own children, he also took in his nieces and nephew when their parents died.

Read more about David and his family here.

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