Unbound President/CEO Scott Wasserman
Feb 10 2014

New president reflects on ‘priceless experience’

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.

By Scott Wasserman, president and chief executive officer of Unbound

My name is Scott. What’s your name?

This past week, accompanying an Unbound Awareness Trip in the Philippines, I have met more than a thousand sponsored children, youth and aging friends.

Wherever we go, I am mobbed by young people and their families. They want their photo with Unbound’s new president.

They politely ask, “Sir, may I have your photo?” They giggle and run by my side for their photo. They take turns, switching places with the photographer so they all get a shot.

The young people here are so polite. After each photo, they say, “Thank you, sir.”

I always offer my hand and introduce myself. “My name is Scott. What’s your name?”

For a brief moment, we have an intense personal encounter. I hear the child’s name and repeat it out loud. I look deep in their smiling eyes and focus intensely on that person for that moment.

I see in their faces their trust, their hope and their love. I know that given a chance, they can make a great future for themselves and their families.

They want to live. They want to thrive. They want to love.

Where others see poverty, Unbound sees potential.

Poverty is nameless. Children who grow up in poverty often live and die unknown to the rest of the world. Statisticians can number them by the billions, but they can’t name a single one of them.

Our sponsors learn the names of real children brimming with potential but in need of help.

Unbound President and CEO Scott Wasserman meets sponsored friends on an awareness trip to the Philippines.

Unbound President and CEO Scott Wasserman meets sponsored friends on an awareness trip to the Philippines.
Photo by Tristan John Cabrera, communications liaison for Unbound in the Philippines.

I am overwhelmed by our sponsors’ courage and love. Unbound sponsors reach across the divides of poverty, distance and culture.

In return, they receive a priceless experience of sponsorship.

As a sponsor with Unbound, you learn the name of a real child or aging person living in poverty in another part of the world. Because of you, those who would have suffered anonymously have a name. You give hope and dignity to a real family struggling heroically against tremendous odds.

So, dear Sponsor, with deep respect and admiration, I reach out my hand to you.

My name is Scott. What’s your name?

8 thoughts on “New president reflects on ‘priceless experience’”

  1. The sponsorship trip gives the UNBOUND’S beneficiaries hope and real scope of what a sponsorship is.In my young age, I felt so nice when participating in entertaining the former UNBOUND’S president Bob and people who accompsanied him.This made me to develop an art of poetry .In the university under the sponsorshipm of UNBOUND I feel happy . Simply these trips are of benefiocial to all participants sinc trasvellers are involved in adventure and the bneficiaries with motivation- both hopefully, accademicall as well as religious faith.Thank you Scott!

  2. Scott: I am Jeff, and with my Pinay wife Myrcia sponsor several of her “kababayan” (countrymen). We started when I was approaching my 60th birthday and we chose “finish line” youth since I was depressed about my age. The letters that we have received have rejuvenated me and we now sponsor two 14 year olds. – We also sponsor an “aging” woman that is 50 days younger than me. She gave me permission to call her “Ate” (big sister). – Thank you and Unbound!

    1. Jeff,
      I agree with you, the sponsorship experience is very up-lifting. I’m just a couple of years behind you and although we sponsor a few high schoolers, my wife and I just took on a 9 and 6 year old. We get so much energy from them. If you want to be totally rejuvenated go on a mission awareness trip, you’ll never be the same and you’ll love it.

      Steve Taylor

  3. Scott: My name is John and we’ve met numerous times since I am one of the UNBOUND weekend priest preachers. As surprised as I was that you were the new president — obviously giving up a former life/career — it makes perfect sense, of course. Many blessings on your tenure as UNBOUND President! John Graden

  4. Scott: We are Dave and Judy from Pittsburgh Pa. We have 4 sponsored children (2 in CR , 1 in Guatemala and 1 in Philippines). Since our Awareness trip last March in CR we have been CHANGED. We are doing everything we can to promote UNBOUND! Keep up the good work — (and as wrote to you in October, you have the challenge of not letting Bob down :) May the Lord bless and guide you mightily!!!

  5. Hi Scott, my name is Tom. I have 8 sponsored children all in Nicaragua. I chose to have all my “Kids” in Nicaragua so I could visit them all when I do a MAT.
    I agree with all your comments about the behavior of sponsored kids. Also, there is a wonderful quality to the people who do the sponsoring. I have not anywhere else met so many kind, loving people as I have on the MATs I have been privileged to be on! I am returning to Nicaragua this Feb and do hope to meet you! God Bless and keep our dear Bob!

    1. I agree with Tom, Dave and Judy, the mission awareness trips are a powerful experience and tool for further involvement, whether for sponsoring more friends or volunteering. I went on the 2012 Philippines mission awareness trip, to see our first sponsored child, which was the catalyst for sponsoring a 2nd child in the Philippines and our 1st in India. I then went on the 2014 India MAT, to see Nathasha, which resulted in three more Indian children. I enjoy sharing the MAT experience with anyone who will listen but it is more about Unbound’s mission to educate children, strengthen the mothers, and assist the aging. My wife and I are very proud to support Unbound.

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