The city of Estelí, Nicaragua, is a troubled one. Many families served by Unbound live in one of its neighborhoods that is unsafe and run-down.
The neighborhood is underdeveloped. Its dirt roads run with raw sewage. A majority of the sponsored children attend a school on the main road in the neighborhood, an area that has a lot of garbage strewn about.
But the community is trying to make small steps forward, and Unbound is helping residents work toward creating a safer and cleaner neighborhood.
“We tell the families that every time we use our Unbound T-shirt, we have to honor what we represent,” said Keily Rodriguez, social worker for Unbound in Nicaragua. “We have to reflect the brown, blue and green colors in our logo. Those colors represent that we care about our environment.”
More than 200 sponsored friends and their families participated in a clean-up day hosted by Unbound.
Unbound hosted the event to create a sense of community involvement and to raise awareness about the effects of environmental pollution.
“We have to make a difference, starting in our community, and encourage preserving the environment,” Keily said. “… We have to make a change [because it] is a serious social problem.”
During the morning, sponsored friends and families cleaned up the area around the local school, collecting recyclable materials and properly disposing of the trash. In the afternoon, families split into teams and put their creativity into action. They turned recyclable items they collected in the morning into art.
One group made a trash can from recycled plastic bottles and placed it near the school.
“We contribute and one day we are going to see the change we wish,” Keily said. “That’s a difference.”
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