One of the ways we are celebrating our 35th anniversary coming up on Nov. 20 is by hearing from sponsored friends and staff around the world. We asked them how Unbound has changed them, what their favorite thing about being sponsored is or what greeting they have for us at this milestone. We’re featuring 35 snapshots of our global community over the next several weeks leading up to Nov. 20, right here on the blog. Check out the first seven snapshots in the series, and stay tuned!
“One thing about Unbound is that they never give up on you. They believe so much in you that you have no choice but to believe in yourself too.” —Sava, 22, a sponsored youth in Kenya who is studying cosmetology
“I have beautiful sponsors because they help us and they do it with love. They say they love dogs and I told them that I also love dogs. Happy birthday Unbound and I hope to celebrate many more with you!” —Edison, 13, a sponsored child in Guatemala who loves studying English and attending Unbound celebrations
“I dream and hope that my life will continue for more years because I am really taking care of myself through the Unbound program. For almost 22 years that I have been living here in Manila, I wasn’t able to swim or enjoy beaches; only through Unbound sponsorship did I experience it. Not only once but every year we are doing it together with my co-sponsored elderly. Those memories are so special for me.” —Leonila (left), 67, a sponsored elder in Philippines who has six children and used to be a massage therapist
“Happy 35th anniversary and may you continue helping people like me for more and more years. You have been our guardian angel. … To my sponsor, thank you so much and I wish to see you in person someday before I leave this world. You have been so helpful and I am always happy receiving a letter from you.” —Esperanza (right), 85, a sponsored elder in Philippines who is thankful for her co-sponsored elders because one of them loaned her a dress for this photo shoot
“Unbound represents hope for hundreds of families in my community. Unbound keeps dreams alive for these people who aspire to break away from poverty. I want to express my gratitude for trusting the lives of many families to me. We have been successful and moved forward with our mission because we’ve done it with love and trust in God.” —Oscar, 24, a social worker in Guatemala who has worked for Unbound for four years
“[Because of Unbound] I can go to school in a nice uniform and bag. I was given a doll, I play with it every day. I loved the Christmas party. We ate rice, meat, biscuits and cake. I was so happy. I want to tell my sponsor, ‘thank you.'” —Joy, 10, a sponsored child in Kenya who appreciates the little things in life
“Unbound has changed our lives in so many ways. I do not have any relatives. People in Unbound are my relatives. My husband died when I was 26 years old. As a young widow, I was able to face the challenges with the support of Unbound. The support … has helped us step by step to stand on our own legs.” —Jenova, 48, the mother of sponsored child Niranjan. Jenova is a part of a mothers group that has helped her to start a small business
“Unbound helps my parents to support my studies through the sponsorship program. Also in my community we do clean-up drives to save our mother earth. Thank you Unbound because you help me with so many things. I wish you more years to come.” – Hexyl, 11, a sponsored child in Philippines who hopes to be a doctor someday
Stay tuned for more snapshots next week! In the meantime, learn more about Unbound’s 35 years of service.