As a sponsor of a child or elder through Unbound, you create space in your sponsored friend’s life for more than the daily struggle for survival.
You make room to envision a future free from crushing poverty.
With sponsorship support, many families choose to pay for educational expenses, food, health care or home improvements to meet basic needs. But the impact doesn’t stop there.
Your support provides resources and encouragement to set goals for the future and make plans to attain them. That’s vital for anyone trying to move forward in life.
One of the key ways your sponsorship makes a difference is through education. Education creates opportunities for better jobs and a better quality of life, and keeps young people out of undesirable circumstances like early marriage or child labor.
Outcome evaluations conducted by Unbound show that 75 percent of sponsored children achieve educational levels comparable to or higher than national averages for their peers. That means sponsored students — despite difficult circumstances — are able to compete with young people from all socioeconomic brackets.
Your support extends to your friend’s family and community. Small groups comprising parents of sponsored children build a sense of community among families in the Unbound program. Families form support networks, learn new skills to increase their incomes and, in some areas, participate in microfunding programs to start or expand small businesses.
The encouragement you provide through your sponsorship is yet another life-changing benefit. Your steady financial support has a stabilizing effect in your friend’s life, giving your friend a reason to hope. And if you write to your friend, even once or twice a year to offer a few encouraging words, the impact becomes even greater.
Local Unbound staff members also represent a source of encouragement. A growing number are formerly sponsored youth or Unbound scholarship students who know firsthand how critical the encouragement of sponsors and the staff is to the success of young people and their families.
The stories and images that we share on a daily basis, whether on our blog or through social media, illustrate some of the ways education, parent groups and staff members around the world contribute to the well-being and growth of the children, families and elders in our programs. And it’s all possible because of your support.
Gracias … salamat … asante … thank you for all you do.
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