Fred is a sponsored elder in Uganda who used his sponsorship benefits to purchase a water pump to help care for his livestock.
May 3 2017

Living Unbound: Stories of empowerment

Publication, blog series to explore how families use benefits

Fred, a sponsored elder in Uganda, uses his new water pump to spray his cow. He used his sponsorship benefits to purchase the pump, which helps him care for his livestock.

Fred, a sponsored elder in Uganda, uses his new water pump to spray his cow. He used his sponsorship benefits to purchase the pump, which helps him care for his livestock.

Many things set Unbound apart.

We’re the only major U.S.-based organization that offers sponsorship for elders. The communities we work with have created a small group model that provides support and accountability for the parents of sponsored children. We consistently achieve top ratings from charity evaluators, with more than 92 percent of our expenses going to program support. All of these things are supported by one of the most unique aspects of our program — highly personalized benefits.

When a child or elder is sponsored through Unbound, the family begins paving their own path toward economic self-sufficiency through decentralized decision making. This means that, with the guidance of Unbound social workers and staff, sponsored members choose what they need and what they want to do with the funds provided through their sponsorship. One family may need food and clothes, while another uses funds to cover school fees for their children. One elder may desire a new roof while another needs eyeglasses. We don’t choose for them, we simply help guide them on the path of empowerment.

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Each family sets their own goals and makes their own decisions. Benefits are distributed to sponsored members in a myriad of ways, all of which are safe, accountable and effective.

Some families receive vouchers to shop, others provide a list of needs to Unbound staff to purchase, and others get cash transfers directly to their bank accounts. All of them work closely with social workers to ensure that the funds they’re using are getting them closer to the goals they’ve set.

Our next edition of Living Unbound, a magazine published twice a year, tells the story of how sponsored families are using the generous donations of their sponsors to overcome poverty. Whether finding the opportunity to take a loan from their parents group or getting text messages that they’ve received funds in their bank accounts, families around the Unbound world are taking steps toward sustainability through personalized benefits.

Over the next six weeks on the blog, we’ll share stories of how sponsored friends are receiving and using their sponsorship benefits in different forms. Read along, and look for your copy of Living Unbound in your mailbox in early June.

Not a sponsor? We’d love to send you our publications — call 800.875.6564 or email us to receive a free copy.

Maureen Lunn

Writer/Editor

Maureen joined Unbound in 2016. With a master’s degree in international studies, Maureen has long been passionate about international development and loves using writing as a means to share that passion. She is a globetrotter, movie lover, Sporting KC fan, yoga teacher and self-designated crazy cat lady. Maureen and her husband, Toby, sponsor an elder in Kenya named Wambui.

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