Francisco and his family joined the Unbound program in Honduras after his mother, Trinidad, applied for sponsorship for her son. They were a family of 10, and his father’s work as a carpenter wasn’t enough to support them all.
“I feel gratitude,” Francisco said. “It’s something I would never forget. [Unbound] came into our life in a moment when we needed it most.”
Francisco remembers what life was like before he was sponsored through Unbound.
“In our home we were in need of everything — food, clothing, education, medication. We didn’t have a bed and sometimes not even sheets to cover us on cold nights. That’s when Unbound entered our lives, to help us move forward.”
One of the ways Francisco’s family moved forward was by improving their living situation. When Francisco was first sponsored, the family lived in a single-room home with a dirt floor and cardboard roof.
“Our home was humble, made of wood pieces,” Francisco said. “Over several years we improved our house. We made our house of adobe, and then we added a metal sheet roof and a cement floor.”
Francisco was part of the Unbound program for 11 years. He left the program in 2007 after completing the ninth grade, an accomplishment he is proud of. In Honduras, less than 60 percent of male students continued on to secondary school in 2012, according to World Bank.
Aside from regular sponsorship benefits, Francisco shared that among the things he enjoyed most as part of the Unbound program were the birthday parties.
“Birthday celebrations were important for me,” he said. “It was because that was the day I could enjoy. We had a trip and I could eat a delicious lunch.”
After leaving the program, Francisco worked for his brother selling a variety of household items in the local market before expanding the business into a second stall.
“A year later I opened my own stand selling things,” Francisco said. “Thank God it is stable. I sell hangers, hair accessories, plastic dishes, plastic cups and spoons.”
Francisco is grateful that the partnership with his brother has given the family financial stability.
“We have this little store that, even though we don’t earn a lot of money, allows us to [meet] our basic needs,” Francisco said. “We have enough with that.”
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