Students on their way to school in Suryapet, India.
By Dan Pearson, director of international programs at Unbound
India can be a dangerous place to be a girl.
Rape, abuse, dowry customs, child labor and infanticide are part of a tragic legacy in this country that is also full of bright minds and a rich cultural heritage.
The savage gang rape of a young woman unfortunate enough to ride the wrong bus in New Delhi 18 months ago took women’s rights to the streets where thousands marched on the presidential palace.
India’s important national elections being held over the next few weeks will tell us whether the outcry will lead to any significant change.
I hope so. But I have my doubts.
By Henry Flores, director of the Unbound Communications Center in El Salvador
A friend sent me a message on Facebook, which read, “Congratulations for what you do for those most in need.”
This made me ask myself, “What do I do for the poor and what is it that they do for me?”
Sponsor Becky Costas gets a chance to meet her sponsored friend, Jonathan, on an awareness trip to the Philippines.
Bill and Becky Costas have been sponsors since 1996. Becky works as a sign language interpreter, and in honor of Deaf Awareness Day, we would like to share her reflections on being a sponsor and participating in awareness trips.
God had a plan when he gave me a heart for the deaf and the skills to work as a sign language interpreter.
On an awareness trip to the Philippines in 2006 to meet our sponsored child who was soon graduating from college, my husband, Bill, and I met a group of deaf students.
We were waiting for a Mass to begin when I noticed movement to my right. When I turned, I saw a group of deaf students signing in American Sign Language.
At Unbound we are sometimes asked whether we do anything to help children and families here in the United States. We are happy to say that the answer is “yes!”
Unbound supports several U.S.-based nonprofit causes with financial contributions, volunteering and collecting supplies. Unbound has an especially close relationship with Operation Breakthrough, a child care center located in the urban core of Kansas City, Mo., not far from our headquarters.
We are proud to support the mothers and children who are challenging poverty in order to have a better life. Unbound salutes the founder of Operation Breakthrough, Sister Berta Sailer, for her work with families.
Watch the video to check out our partnership and share it with your friends!
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.
Maria stands proud with her eighth-grade students.
Sometimes the best gift someone can receive is encouragement. That’s exactly what Maria, a 34-year-old mother of three from the Dominican Republic, received from her friends and loved ones.
As a volunteer at the local Unbound office, Maria received lots of encouragement, and eventually a scholarship, from the community there when she made her decision to finish high school and pursue a teaching degree.
One of her biggest supporters was her father-in-law, who told her, “Do not give up.”
Read more about Maria’s journey here.