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 as we lead up to Nov. 20, right here on the blog. Check out the next set of snapshots in the series and stay tuned for more!
“I was very happy [when I was sponsored], especially because of the critical situations of my family. Unbound is doing great work for my family and community. I used to share with the sponsored children in our [area] that they should study well and also help others as they are being helped.” — Lourdu, 76, a sponsored elder in India who used to play the church organ and piano during Mass and enjoys singing and dancing with his fellow sponsored elders at Unbound events.
“There is a very big difference [in my life]; before employment at Unbound I had no hope for a good future, but now I do. I am so proud to be part of Unbound. Unbound has been of great help to my community, children are getting education through Unbound. Mothers have been empowered and are doing so well. The poor in my community are now hopeful because Unbound has been there for them.” — Joseph, 58, is a security officer at the Unbound office in Nairobi. Kenya. He has worked for Unbound for nine years and is able to support his family with his job.
“The most important thing in Unbound is the educational assistance given to a sponsored child like me. It helps me support my needs in school. Through Unbound we are also motivated to help our community. I started to learn how to segregate papers, plastic and bottles so that it can be easily thrown and carried by the waste collector. Thank you to Unbound and to my sponsor for your untiring support to me. Happy 35th anniversary.” — Lyka, 11, is a sponsored child from the Philippines who dreams of becoming a teacher when she grows up so she can help children like her learn to speak English.
“Unbound is sending me to school, and with my parents’ efforts too. I like sending photos for my sponsor and I also like getting photos from her. Unbound will continue to help people for many years because we will pray for it. Happy birthday, Unbound.” — Derlei, 12, is a sponsored child in Guatemala who helps feed his family’s 34 hens, loves art class and wants to be a surgeon when he grows up.
“I feel the excitement and happiness when I started receiving benefits from Unbound. Also, when I started participating in activities. I feel like I have a new family together with staff and co-members. We enjoy a lot of things together. [Unbound] gives me the chance to continue my schooling and finish my studies. I want to say may God bless you more years to empower communities and help children like me living in poverty.” — Adrianne, 11, a sponsored child in the Philippines whose favorite subject is math because he loves to solve number problems.
“When my son got a sponsor back in 2013, I was overjoyed. Previously other organizations had visited our community with the promise that they would sponsor our children but they never came through. So when Unbound kept its word, I was so happy. Personally, I do not know where we would be as a family if it were not for the help that Unbound offers us. As a community, we celebrate because our children can now go to school.” — Lucy, 33, a mother of a sponsored child in Kenya who runs a shop and sells charcoal to support her family.
“If Unbound was not there, I should not have reached sixth or seventh grade. My father died soon after my birth, and with three children, my mother was not in a position to provide us education. As a family we did not have any other support. I was able to complete my studies only because of Unbound and now I am employed by Unbound. We are very grateful for that.” — Arockia, 24, a former sponsored child and current staff member of Unbound in India who completed her Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and still loves to dance at Unbound events.