Oct 21 2017

Thatch, tin and timber

A focus on the realities of housing

Cynthia (right) and her mom, Pamela, in Kenya, enjoy the new home they built with the assistance of Cynthia’s sponsorship benefits. Their previous home was a hut with a thatched roof that exposed them to the elements. In this new home, they feel secure.

This fall, we’re exploring the realities of housing for families around the world through blog posts, social media and print publications.

In the latest edition of Impact, you’ll read about families in Medellin, Colombia, who live in precarious homes so far up steep hills that their main form of transportation is a cable car. You’ll also learn about how housing in Kenya can be vastly different if you live in a rural community compared to an urban one.

Check out the current issue of Impact, and be on the lookout for more stories about housing in our upcoming edition of Living Unbound, scheduled to be published in December.

Have you made a Christmas Fund donation yet? Look for the donation envelope inside your copy of Impact or visit unbound.org/Christmas to make your contribution today!

Oct 18 2017

Hope, love and a brighter future

Your weekly reflection from Unbound


Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Outreach Volunteer Coordinator Clair Paul.

Yesterday, Oct. 17, we recognized the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. We at Unbound, with the support of our sponsors, are working to one day see a world in which nobody is kept from reaching their potential because of poverty.
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Oct 14 2017

‘There’s always a light’

Sponsored youth Damaris, 23, has faced an uphill battle since childhood to complete her education. Nevertheless, she’s close to reaching her goal of a college degree in human resources.


Every path out of poverty is lined with obstacles. Damaris’ journey has been extraordinarily difficult.

Most sponsored children need additional support to help them continue their studies past primary school. For Damaris, it took sponsorship support and her willingness to work while attending school to afford her living and education expenses.
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Oct 11 2017

Nurturing our girls, protecting our future

Your weekly reflection from Unbound

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Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Regional Project Director Ernest Makulilo.

On Oct. 11, we celebrate International Day of the Girl Child. The purpose of the day is to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s theme is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress.”
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Oct 7 2017

Unbound leaders from Latin America share innovations

From left, Chico Chavajay, Hugo Beltran and Manuel Pineda, Unbound program coordinators from Guatemala, Bolivia and Honduras, respectively, visit Unbound headquarters in Kansas City.


A few times a year, the 180-member staff of our headquarters in Kansas City is privileged to welcome some of the greatest leaders in Unbound — our program coordinators from the countries where we work. Recently, three coordinators from Latin America joined us to share, learn and collaborate. They each came prepared to share unique aspects of the program in their countries, and lessons learned that our Kansas City staff members are always eager to hear.
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Oct 2 2017

In moments like these, we must pray

Your weekly faith reflection

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Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Senior Writer Larry Livingston.

“Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.” Romans 12:21

On Sunday evening, what’s being called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred in Las Vegas. At this writing, the death toll has exceeded 50 and the number of those injured is past 400.
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Audience members at Unbound's second Global Insight Series.
Sep 30 2017

Global Insight Series

What we learn when we listen


The legendary college basketball coach John Wooden said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” Coach Wooden would likely have enjoyed what took place on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 14 at Unbound’s headquarters in Kansas City, when three of Unbound’s Latin America program coordinators shared what they’ve learned from the families they serve.

The occasion was the second presentation in the Unbound Global Insight Series, attended by about 100 people. The main presenters were the coordinators of three of our programs in Latin America.

The Global Insight series was begun as a way for sponsors and other interested members of the local community to learn more about the work of Unbound and, especially, to take advantage of the opportunity to hear from those who are closest to the work of the organization in the field.
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An archive image of Father Stanley Rother at a carnival in Guatemala.
Sep 27 2017

Love in action: Father Stanley Rother

Your weekly reflection from Unbound

An image of the church in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, where Father Stanley Rother served.

The church in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, where Father Stanley Rother served.

Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Writer/Editor Maureen Lunn.

It was early 1980s Guatemala and Unbound was soon to be founded. The love, generosity and solidarity that first infused our program, and still does, was already in action on the ground there.

Father Stanley Francis Rother had been serving in the Oklahoma City archdiocese’s mission in Santiago Atitlan for more than 12 years. When the Catholic Church became a target in the Guatemalan civil war, Father Stan was murdered. Decades later, he would become the first recognized Catholic martyr born in the United States.

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Sep 25 2017

The precarious home on the hillside

A staff member's reflection on the reality of poverty in Medellin

The image of a vast view of Medellin, Colombia.

The view from the patio of the home of sponsored child Johan in Colombia.

Poverty looks different across countries and regions. What comes easily for one family might be a great struggle for another. From climate to landscape to politics, the conditions of where one lives have a huge, and widely varying, impact on their lives. In upcoming publications, we’re taking a look at the realities of poverty around the Unbound world to get a better glimpse into the lives of the families who are a part of our community.

This fall, we’re focusing that look on the issue of housing, something that impacts every family no matter where they live. Watch your mailboxes for our upcoming edition of Impact on the topic of housing, and read on for a staff member’s reflection on her unexpected experience facing that reality on a trip to Colombia.

An image of a precarious home in Colombia.

Unbound staff members Patricia and Henry (right) say goodbye after visiting the family of sponsored child Johan in Colombia.

By Maureen Lunn, writer/editor

Sitting on a twin bed in a small Colombian home, I felt unusually wary. I’d visited huts and shacks in many countries around the world, but on this visit to the home of an Unbound family in Medellin, I was legitimately nervous. The home I was sitting in felt like it could splinter and fall to the ground far below at any moment.

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Sep 23 2017

Earning respect through hard work

Sponsored youth 'does not give up so easy'

An image of a young man in Costa Rica working on homework.

Edwin uses a ledge in his home to study.


When Edwin was sponsored through Unbound in Costa Rica at 8 years old, he probably never thought he’d have the opportunity to go to college. He and his family faced challenges that would have made getting an education difficult.

“My life was very complicated because sometimes we did not have money to buy food, school supplies or other basic needs,” Edwin said. “With Unbound, thank God, it has been a blessing in our lives.”
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When Edwin was sponsored through Unbound in Costa Rica at 8 years old, he probably never thought he’d have the opportunity to go to college. He and his family faced challenges that would have made getting an education difficult. “My life was very complicated because sometimes we did not have money to buy food, school supplies or other basic needs,” […]

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