One of the ways we’ve been celebrating our 35th anniversary 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’ve featured 35 snapshots of our global community over the past several weeks right here on the blog. Check out the final set of snapshots in the series below, and check out previous posts in the series here!
“I am a much humbler human being [since working for Unbound]. I enjoy life and I enjoy simplicity. My families [in the Unbound program] have shown me that happiness is often found in things that can´t be bought. Unbound gave me the opportunity to walk with the people of God, the poor, the marginalized and the humble. I am grateful for what I have, I thank God every day. Thank you because there is much need and thank you for the gift of belonging to this big, beautiful family.” — Yovana, a social worker for Unbound in Guatemala, who deeply appreciates how members of the Unbound community share similar values, regardless of their backgrounds.
“I think Unbound helps us a lot because we get stuff and I like the chicken we got. I like taking care of our chicken. The help we get is important because I can go to school. Thank you, Unbound, for helping us, and thank you sponsors for wanting us to do better. I thank God for the life of our sponsors and for the life of Unbound.” — Wilber, 12, a sponsored child in Guatemala who hopes to be an architect or engineer someday, partly because “Wilber the architect sounds nice!”
“Unbound has changed my life. When I have no food, they give me something to eat. When I fall sick, they have me covered. Unbound cares about me and my well-being. I appreciate Unbound for taking care of old people, like me.” — Muthoni, a sponsored elder in Kenya, is proud of her medical insurance card that she received with help from her Unbound sponsorship.
“My favorite thing in Unbound aside from summer camp is the letter writing. It is my only communication to the person who helps me continue my studies. I love to tell all the stories of my life and my family’s situation. I also like to share how grateful I am being part of Unbound. To Unbound, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be one of your beneficiaries. It means a lot to me. I am so happy and proud to be part of your growing family.” — Anabel, 14, a sponsored youth in the Philippines who enjoys the Unbound programs that help her to deepen her faith and connect with others.
“I want [to] say happy anniversary to Unbound. Thank you to my sponsors who untiringly support and help me in my needs. I always send regular letters for them and they always respond. That’s why I am very happy reading their letters. Maraming salamat po (Filipino greeting of respect) from the bottom of my heart. You never know how much we value your help, most especially for old people like us. May God bless you and keep you safe.” — Gabriel, 69, a sponsored elder in the Philippines, who said it was hard to smile because of his age, but felt this photo made him look younger.
“Unbound is a big family, like the sea. This year itself I participated in different programs like ‘I Create’ Summer Camp where all children were given opportunity to involve ourselves. I cannot simply say thanks to Unbound. I have received so much from Unbound. I will still try to learn more from my relationship with Unbound.” — Maria, 18, a sponsored youth in India, who is in her second year of a bachelor’s degree program studying Tamil literature.
“[Unbound] has been a learning environment, such a great experience, learning a lot from our sponsored families and other people working with me. And it’s a privilege to me, being part of one of the most important areas in Unbound, which is the communications between sponsors and sponsored friends through letters. To every one of the staff who makes possible Unbound´s work, let’s work as a team always; there are many families and people who need our support. And continue fighting for all those dreams that we want to become true. As Roberto (co-founder Bob Hentzen) said, we walk with the families to support them to leave poverty.” — Rafael, a staff member in the El Salvador correspondence department, has worked for Unbound for 11 years.