Jul 30 2014

Celebrating International Friendship Day

Today is International Friendship Day. Unbound is all about fostering friendships that cross borders and span cultures. On awareness trips hosted by Unbound, sponsors can meet their sponsored friends face to face. To celebrate the many friendships formed through sponsorship, we want to share with you photos of sponsors and their sponsored friends.

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Sponsor Toni Guidice with sponsored friends Jackline (left) and Josephine (right) in Kenya.


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Rosy and her sponsor, Maria Soleri, in Ecuador.


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A group of teenage sponsors from the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in New York play soccer with sponsored teens in El Salvador.


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Pavithra and her sponsor, Ellen Raspitha, sit on the floor of Pavithra’s home in India.


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Christine and her sponsor, Leila Felix, in Kenya.


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Sponsor John Vos and his sponsored friend, Mark, in the Philippines.


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Sponsor Sam Emmite with his sponsored friend Ximena and her mom and little sister in Ecuador.


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Amini (center) walks with her sponsors Maureen, Michael and Emily Watts in India.


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Francisca and her sponsor, Thomas Slattery, in the Philippines.


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Bonnie and Warren Breitbarth with their sponsored friend Christian in Mexico.


Meet your sponsored friend on an Unbound Awareness Trip. Check out our trips page for more information.

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Jul 28 2014

Celebrating Ramadan

Ramadan celebration

Maheen and Shazia take part in a Ramadan celebration in India.

Ramadan is an important part of the year for sponsored friends from the Muslim faith. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting. On the last day of Ramadan, or Ramzan in India, there is a feast called Eid Ul Fitr, the feast of breaking the fast.

Last year, our Hyderabad program held an Eid Ul Fitr celebration for Muslim and non-Muslim sponsored members and their families. Along with food to break the fast, the celebration featured presentations given by mothers and sponsored youth. It was a chance to share Muslim traditions and celebrate the varied cultures in the Unbound community.

Learn more about another culture by sponsoring today!

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Jul 23 2014

Typhoon brings hardship, unexpected blessing in Philippines

Filipino milkfish

Raquel, the younger sister of a sponsored child in the Philippines, carries a basket of milkfish.

Tristan John Cabrera, the communications liaison for Unbound in the Philippines, has been covering the effects of Typhoon Rammasun after it made its way across a large part of the country. Despite the destruction caused by the storm, there have also been unexpected blessings.

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Jul 18 2014

Mom and daughter perform traditional Colombian dance

Family Day celebration in Colombia

Johanna (middle front) danced with her mom (left front) and other mothers at a Family Day celebration.

Mothers groups and staff of the Hogares de Solidaridad subproject in Bogota, Colombia, recently organized a Family Day celebration. With food, face painting and dancing, there was a lot to do for everyone that attended.

For 11-year-old Johanna, the day was extra special. Her mom, Alejandra, and the members of her mothers group choreographed a dance to traditional Colombian music. They were one dancer short, however, so Johanna got to join in.

“I had a lot of fun because I had the chance to dance with the other mothers and we supported each other,” Johanna said. “We had good coordination, and I had a great time.”

Sponsor someone from Colombia today! 

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Jul 16 2014

Ask Sponsor Services: We have a new envelope!

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We recently updated our stationery and you may have seen a new envelope arrive in your mailbox.

If you haven’t seen it, you may want to check your mail. Some of our sponsors don’t recognize this stationery, and haven’t responded to some of the mailings we’ve sent them. In fact, our Sponsor Services team made more than 2,000 calls last month to let our sponsors know about our new envelope.

In case you don’t recognize this new design, keep an eye on your mailbox. You should see it soon!

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