Our Sponsor Services department often gets questions from sponsors and donors about what they can do online. Can I pay for my sponsorship, can I write to my sponsored friend, can I update my credit card/address/other information?
On Unbound.org our supporters can do all of those things, and more; you just need to register.
Go to unbound.org/register. You’ll need three pieces of information to set up your account: your member ID, your name exactly as it appears on your Unbound address label and your ZIP code.
Keep reading to learn more about our online features
Yuda, from Uganda, at age 12.
Yuda, now 27, holds two economics textbooks he authored.
Yuda has always had a love of education, and was smart even as a young child.
His father, Maurice, is a primary school teacher in rural Uganda, and education was encouraged. Unfortunately, Maurice’s income as a teacher wasn’t always enough to cover school fees and other family needs.
As the fifth child among eight siblings, Yuda said, “[the] chances of me joining school were slim because of money problems.”
In Uganda, as in many other countries, students must pay fees to attend public school. If the fees aren’t paid, the child is refused schooling. This was the future facing Yuda and his siblings.
Marybeth Stucker after running the Akron Marathon.
Marybeth and her sponsored friend, Miriam, on the 2014 Bolivia awareness trip.
When asked what people should know about her, Marybeth Stucker said, “I tend to talk obsessively about the things I am passionate about … entrepreneurship, running, Unbound … and really good food!”
Marybeth learned of Unbound in 2006 when a priest visited her hometown parish in Cincinnati to talk about the organization’s work with children and elders. The priest’s message resonated with Marybeth, prompting her into action.
“Even though I was only 16 at the time, I really wanted to help a young girl in need,” Marybeth said. “I used my earnings from my part-time job at a bakery to pay my monthly sponsorship.”
by Cara VanNice, communications director for Unbound
Hello, Unbound community!
Unbound is a finalist in this year’s YouTube DoGooder awards, which celebrate the best in nonprofit videos. This is an incredible opportunity and we need your help.
Thousands of nonprofits enter this competition every year, so we were ecstatic to hear that one of our videos is a top four finalist in the Funny for Good category. Our little video is featured alongside entries from groups like the American Heart Association, the Humane Society and Teach for America.
Previous winners have been featured in major online news outlets and gained a lot of awareness for their causes. We would love the opportunity to be featured in front of those wide audiences. The more people Unbound reaches, the more people we can help.
Public voting determines the winner in this amazing opportunity. This is where you come in!
But wait, what video?
In December, we created a spoof of a highly popular web series called “Between Two Ferns” – an Emmy award winning online comedy series hosted by actor Zach Galifianakis. Haven’t seen it? Watch an example episode here. Our version is entitled “Between Two Furnaces” because, in decidedly nonprofit fashion, we filmed it in our warehouse.
Want to help?
You can help Unbound by voting for “Between Two Furnaces” daily until March 3rd. It’s really easy. Anyone with a Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account can vote. Here’s how:
Help us get the word out. The Unbound community is an amazing thing to be a part of. Thank you for all you do to make it so. With this opportunity, we hope to find lots of new sponsors to join us.
She is 4 years old and full of giggles. She sings. She counts to 10 in English. She listens to songs and then creates dances to go with them.
Her name is Jaishikha. She is nothing short of precious.
Jaishikha lives with her mom, dad and baby brother in a small, dark room in a crowded Indian slum.
Her parents struggle. Neither had the opportunity to go to school. Jaishikha’s father works hard in a hair and nail salon, but doesn’t make enough money to meet the family needs for shelter and food.
Despite their difficult life, Jaishikha smiles. All the time.
“We want her to be educated and successful,” said her mom, Reena. “My only dream is for my child to get a proper education so she will be proud.”
Editor’s Note: Since this post was published, Jaishikha has been sponsored. Click here to view other children still waiting for a sponsor.
Mothers in India go over their budgets with an Unbound staff member.
Margarita (far right) from Guatemala learned how to make chocolate through her mothers group. Her chocolate-making business provides work for others in her community when she needs extra help.
By Paul Pearce, Unbound’s director of global strategy
The United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice promotes poverty eradication, full employment and social integration. It is observed each year on Feb. 20.
Social justice requires us to go beyond charity. It requires us to work on structures, attitudes and practices in society that are out of balance, that are biased in some way or lead to some members of society having opportunities for lives with dignity while others do not.
We at Unbound believe one factor that delays action for social justice is a lack of understanding about those it would help. People living in inferior conditions are not inferior people. They have unique talents, aspirations and ideas just like the rest of us.
A sponsored elder near Meru, Kenya.
Sara Asmussen, Project Specialist for Unbound in Kansas, sent us this picture from her travels in Africa. She was visiting the offices in Meru, Kenya, and visiting homes of sponsored friends in the program. One day, they were traveling to a community and met the gentleman pictured above.
“The staff there explained to me that he is a group leader of the sponsored elderly in his area,” Sara said. “We commented on how sharp he looked. He smiled and said that it was because of Unbound that he is able to have clothes like this and take care of himself.”
Unbound is the only major sponsorship organization that offers sponsorship opportunities for the aging. Access to medical care and nutritious food fills significant gaps in countries with no safety nets for their oldest citizens.
And the Unbound community remedies the all-too-common loneliness faced by elders through support groups, recreational activities and more.
Show your support by sponsoring an elder through Unbound.
From left: Jorge, Cesar, Julio and Alicia stand next to the family’s food cart.
Life has not been easy for Alicia. Her father passed away when she was 7 years old, leaving her mother to raise four children. Within a year of her father’s death, Alicia and her 10-year-old brother entered the workforce to help support their two younger siblings.
“Life was hard for me,” Alicia shared. “I did not have time to be a child.”
Alicia grew up cleaning homes instead of attending school, and started her adult life with a very limited set of skills. Her husband, Julio, had a similar upbringing, and though he worked hard, found it difficult to provide for his family as a seasonal worker.
“Life was difficult because we did not have jobs, we didn’t even have the knowledge or skill to start a business,” Alicia said of herself and her husband.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Here’s one valentine for you and one you can give to a friend. Share this valentine with someone who would be a good sponsor. Pass the love along!
Maynor, 7, from Guatemala.
Happy Make a Friend Day! At Unbound, we’re all about creating meaningful relationships between sponsors and sponsored friends. To celebrate Make a Friend Day, we’d like to give Maynor the opportunity to make a new friend.
Maynor enjoys drawing and playing soccer. Maynor’s father earns an income by working in the cornfields as a day laborer, and Maynor likes helping his father in the field. Maynor, his parents and four siblings are living in a one-room adobe hut. It has a corrugated-tin roof and a dirt floor. His mother takes care of the domestic chores, and the family lives on the father’s earnings. The amount isn’t enough to meet their everyday needs. For Maynor, sponsorship would mean a better situation for his entire family.
Be Maynor’s friend today.
Editor’s note: Since this post was published, Maynor has found a sponsor. Click here to view others still waiting for a sponsor.
Happy Make a Friend Day! At Unbound, we’re all about creating meaningful relationships between sponsors and sponsored friends. To celebrate Make a Friend Day, we’d like to give Maynor the opportunity to make a new friend. Maynor enjoys drawing and playing soccer. Maynor’s father earns an income by working in the cornfields as a day laborer, and Maynor likes helping […]