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 is about being sponsored 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 next set of snapshots in the series, and stay tuned!
“I would like to thank my sponsor because she has supported me in a great way. I always pray for her and her family, and I ask God to always bless her. I want to thank Unbound’s staff, they have been a real blessing for me and all the elderly and children sponsored. I hope I can continue walking with the families.” – Maria, 92, a sponsored elder in El Salvador who enjoys performing folkloric dance for sponsors who visit on awareness trips.
“I am very happy knowing that there is someone from the other side of the world who wants to support me in my studies. I will not waste this kind of opportunity to have a better future someday. I want to uplift the poor situation of my family and send my other sibling to school so that they may reach their dreams, too.” – Cherie, 16, a sponsored youth in the Philippines who felt like “a fairy of nature” taking photos in front of the waterfall.
“Unbound has helped so many people in my community. I feel proud when I see and hear success stories from those who have gone through the program. I am glad I get to be part of an organization that transforms the lives of people. My joy is serving people and welcoming visitors that come to Unbound Nairobi project.” – Catherine, office attendant at Unbound’s Nairobi office, loves cooking for people who come to visit.
“My experience in Unbound will never be forgotten. I will carry all the things they taught me since the very beginning. My mind is widely open to help also. If I will be given a chance to be rich, I will also sponsor a child like me to give the hope I receive from Unbound.” – Nicko (left), 16, a sponsored youth in the Philippines who felt like “a man on the dance floor” doing this photo shoot.
“Unbound changed my life in so many ways, even in my family. I used to be a shy type boy, now I can manage to socialize [with] many people. I am learning a lot in terms of faith and compassion that is not taught in school. As Unbound celebrates its 35th year anniversary, I want to say thank you and may God continue to bless all sponsors who are helping children in need like me.” – Bryle (right), 16, a sponsored youth in the Philippines who loves getting together with other sponsored youth.
“I cannot explain the happiness I had when I got the news [that I had a sponsor]. I think that my forefathers should have done good things to others that I am getting the fruit of it now through this sponsorship. I am living a very happy life and I hope that I will continue to live a happy life with the support of Unbound.” – Sangili, 74, a sponsored elder in India, who worked in a rice mill for 49 years and would often share what he could when he met someone in need.
“Unbound is a gift from God for us. Happy birthday, Unbound, and thank you for all your help; it means a lot, especially for my education.” – Naydelin, 14, a sponsored child in Guatemala who dreams of being a doctor and learning how to drive a car.
“I thank Unbound for your support. This is a valuable thing that can never be bought by money. You serve as an inspiration for me. Happy Anniversary po (Filipino greeting of respect) and may God bless you.” – Justin, 12, a sponsored child in the Philippines who recently received the title of Mr. Wholesome 2016 in a pageant hosted by Unbound scholars.