John, John and Lenard make bokashi balls at their local Unbound office.
Boxes of completed bokashi balls.
Sponsored elders are ready to toss the bokashi balls into Laguna Lake.
Tomorrow, Aprill 22, is Earth Day, and Unbound sponsored friends
and their families in the Philippines are celebrating with bokashi balls.
No, it isn’t a new healthy cereal to help cleanse your system. But it will help cleanse rivers and other freshwater resources.
“Bokashi” is a Japanese term that means “fermented organic matter” and refers to a system developed in Japan that uses beneficial micro-organisms to break down toxins and food waste. Bokashi balls can improve the life of the river and help restore it to its proper ecological balance.
Unbound’s Antipolo project in the Philippines has been making bokashi balls since 2009 and started to see positive environmental effects in area rivers where the mudballs have been utilized..
Click here to read more about bokashi balls.
Ruperto checks the blood pressure of fellow elder Agapita.
By Dallas Parker, communications intern at Unbound
Watching out for the health of our aging friends is extremely important to all of us here at Unbound. In partnership with Care for the Aging, a program that offers weekly blood pressure monitoring and other health care advice, 95 sponsored elderly members of our Quezon project in the Philippines obtain the medical attention they need.
Facilitators of the program in the Payatas community are not only monitoring blood pressure, but they are also teaching the elderly how to care for themselves.
With the support of his sponsor and CFCA, Luis was able to follow his dream of studying medicine. He is now in his final year of medical school.
Studies show giving back leads to better health.
An interesting idea, but how can sponsoring a child or elderly friend through CFCA help you feel better physically and emotionally?
Join us as we travel through scientific studies to find out how helping others can make you happier and healthier.
Luis smiles as he answers questions about becoming a doctor.
Luis is a sponsored youth from the Cartagena area of Colombia. He is in his final year of medical school and will be the first doctor from his community! Read more
Hamile, right, with his sister, Kelly, and his niece, Taliana, in front of their home.
When Hamile was 8 months old, he developed epidermolysis bullosa, a skin disorder in which the skin is fragile and can become easily damaged.
Through CFCA sponsorship, Hamile has been able to receive treatment and is now on track to living a carefree, happy life.
By Regina Mburu, CFCA communications liaison for Africa
CFCA youth group members in Kenya prepare to clean up the Kangemi market as part of a community service activity.
The Kangemi market in Kenya is always a beehive of activity, with sellers chanting continuously to attract customers to buy their wares.
On this particular day, youth from CFCA had come to the market, this time not to buy anything but to clean it up, as the market is dirty and unkempt.
With brooms, rakes, trash bins and dust masks to cover their faces, young people from CFCA’s Maendeleo youth group got busy sweeping and collecting trash. Continue reading