Nov 26 2015

6 stories of thanks from the Unbound world

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, we thought it would be good to have an encore presentation of some of the stories we featured on the Unbound blog in 2015.

Each of these stories reflects gratitude, expressed in many ways and for a variety of gifts. They represent just a few of the hundreds of stories we have presented over the years about people for whom thankfulness is not just an occasional sentiment but a virtue that marks every day of their lives.

We hope you enjoy these simple stories of gratitude, and we hope you will add your own story to them. May you and yours enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving, and please know how grateful we are to have you as a member of the Unbound community.

A 4-hour commute for education

Adilia, a sponsored youth in El Salvador.

Adilia, a sponsored youth in El Salvador.

Adilia is a college student in El Salvador. She rises early and goes to bed late and has to travel far each day to get to and from school. But for all her challenges, Adilia is filled with gratitude for the opportunity to have her dream of an education fulfilled.

From poverty to publishing: Ugandan student’s success

Yuda from Uganda

Yuda, now 27, holds two economics textbooks he authored.

With the support of his sponsor, Mary, Yuda has now earned his master’s degree in educational policy and planning. Read the story of a young man with big dreams and the sponsor who believed in him enough to help those dreams come true.

‘Thank you for what you are about to be in my life’

Jorge in his favorite spot.

Jorge sitting in his favorite spot.

Jorge is an elderly gentleman living in Guatemala. His story is especially gratifying because at the time it first appeared in our blog, he was still waiting for a sponsor. Now he has one and thanks God daily for the blessings of Unbound.

Unbound sees success in India on child labor issue

Manish and his mother, Shakuntla.

Manish and his mother, Shakuntla.

The story of Manish in India is about a journey from darkness to hope. Forced by poverty to spend his childhood selling trinkets outside the Taj Mahal, thanks to sponsorship he is now living his dream of going to school.

Praying for a home


Beneranda inherited a small but precious piece of farmland from her father. All her life she wanted to build a home on it but was never able to afford it. Finally, at the age of 57, her dream was fulfilled with help from the Unbound community.

Celebrating volunteers, Unbound style

Unbound's Outreach Volunteer team, from left: Claudia Vázquez-Puebla, Lydia Leffelman, Clair Paul, Laurel Harrold and Maureen Ortiz.

Unbound’s Outreach Volunteer team, from left: Claudia Vázquez-Puebla, Lydia Leffelman, Clair Paul, Laurel Harrold and Maureen Ortiz.

The Unbound Outreach Volunteer team has the happy duty of working with the hundreds of sponsors who help build our community of compassion by volunteering in a variety of ways. Read about the work of our volunteers and the team that helps them express their generosity with service.

Express your gratitude through generosity and sponsor a child today.

Larry Livingston

Larry Livingston
Senior Writer/Editor

Larry has been with Unbound since 2005. He has a background in theology, pastoral ministry and Catholic education, and has written for several national publications. Larry holds a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine College and a master’s degree from St. Meinrad School of Theology. He lives in Shawnee, Kansas with his wife, Kristi, and their son, Ben.

One thought on “6 stories of thanks from the Unbound world”

  1. To all the volunteers in the Unbound community, God Bless you, and I thank you for being so generous with your time.


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