By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Africa
Everyone has a story to tell, a story that needs to be heard.
As an Unbound communications liaison for Africa, I listen and document people’s stories with words, photos and video clips to share with the Unbound community through publications, the blog, social media and other platforms.
The staff members who work directly with families also serve as correspondents, discovering stories that need to be told and helping me to document them.
Covering Unbound Africa, a region with high rates of poverty and a great need for help, has been a journey of highs and lows. But it is a journey that has changed my life in a personal way.
Collecting a story is often coupled with challenges — getting to families’ homes in the heart of the slums is usually an uphill task. Finding my way through the insecurity and open sewers to the tiny, tin-roofed structures where families live is an experience that always leaves a mark on my heart.
As I write a story, I always remember that Unbound programs revolve around hope, so our stories are centered on hope. We share positive, inspirational stories based on the successes of the families we serve.
It would be impossible to collect such amazing stories without the local staff’s help. Their patience during the process of gathering the story, along with their diligence in being on the lookout for anything interesting and outstanding is something that I am grateful for.
The voices of Unbound Africa would be muffled and great stories would go unheard without our correspondents.
Everyone has a story to tell. You only need to take time and listen.