Music instructor Oswaldo plays the keyboard while sponsored friends practice their song.
By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor
Music is what moves us. We live our whole lives with rhythm around and inside us; from the beating of our hearts to the traffic outside an office window.
One of our co-founders showed this throughout his life. Bob Hentzen was always just a breath away from a song, and I rarely saw him without a guitar nearby.
Music has always been an important part of the communities and cultures served by Unbound.
In Bogota, Colombia, 30 sponsored children take part in a music class and learn about the importance of music.
The traditional clothing of the Guatemalans is rich in color and culture. Learn how four sponsored youth and Unbound scholars weave a traditional ladies belt, and discover the twist when you read who receives it.
What’s in a name? Scott Wasserman, Unbound’s new president and chief executive officer, shares what he learned meeting sponsored children and their families in the Philippines.
Sponsored youth James plays drums in a festival parade.
Colorful costumes are a big part of the Ati-Atihan Festival.
By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor, Unbound
One of the beautiful aspects of the relationships built through sponsoring a child or elderly friend is learning about the vibrancy and richness of other cultures.
Sponsored friends often write to their sponsors about celebrating cultural events or holidays in their countries.
One such event recently took place in the Philippines. The Ati-Atihan Festival features parades known for their lively tribal dances, colorful indigenous costumes and sounds of drums and lyres (small harp-like instruments).
Sponsors visit sponsored friends on a 2013 awareness trip to El Salvador.
By Veronica Batton, Unbound writer/editor
Valentine’s Day in Guatemala is known as “the day of love and friendship.” It’s not just about remembering the one you love, but also remembering friends, family and co-workers who are important to you.
This Valentine’s Day, I wanted to give you some different ways in which you can remember and celebrate the friendship you created with your sponsored friend a world away.
Elizabeth (left) and Monica (right) model their school uniforms with their mother Rosalia outside their home in Kibera.
Getting up early for school has been the bane of many mornings. The task seems especially annoying within the throes of teen-dom, with each additional minute clinging to the pillow a victory in the name of sleep.
Girlie, a former sponsored student from the Philippines.
The Unbound project in Legazpi, Philippines, recently sent us success stories from young adults who were sponsored through Unbound. Here’s one from Girlie, who just graduated with a degree in business management/information technology after many challenges along the way. Congratulations, Girlie!