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Manish and his mother
Jun 26 2015

Unbound sees success in India on child labor issue

Manish spent a good part of his childhood stationed outside the East Gate of India’s famed Taj Mahal.

By the age of 5 he was working long days peddling trinkets: bracelets, beads or cheap keychains.

Selling on the streets is dangerous work for little kids. They can become easy prey for thieves or victims of speeding cars and motorcycles.

But Manish had little choice. He is the youngest of seven. His father works, but doesn’t make enough money to feed every child in the family.


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Maria
Jun 12 2015

Maria shares wisdom for a joyful life

Maria, a sponsored elder living in Mexico.

Maria, a sponsored elder living in Mexico.

Maria is a sponsored elder who lives in Mexico with her oldest son and his family. Maria’s husband passed away, and she now sells clothes at a local market to earn a small income. She is outgoing and enjoys staying active. Learn Maria’s secret to a long life and other wisdom she shares with us.


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sponsored girls and scholars in India.
Jun 10 2015

Program evaluation: ‘What’s in it for me?’

Melissa, center, interviews the mother of a sponsored child, left, with a social worker for Unbound in Guatemala.

Melissa, center, interviews the mother of a sponsored child, left, with a social worker for Unbound in Guatemala.

By Melissa Velazquez, international evaluation and systems manager

A few years back, I sat with a group of local Unbound staff in our office in the Dominican Republic to talk about program evaluation. These individuals work day in and day out with limited resources to connect with sponsored individuals and their families, ensuring that initiatives and activities are moving forward in honest, sustainable and empowering ways.

They have a lot on their plate, and that day they had one question for me: “Why should we care about evaluation?”
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Lucy enjoys a mug of hot porridge.
Jun 8 2015

A mug full of love

By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa

Smoke from the cooking fire filled the small kitchen as the contents of a cooking pot boiled. The fire was built between three large stones, with the pot balanced on the edges of the stones, above the fire.

This is what I saw when I visited with Lucy, one of the elders sponsored through Unbound in Kenya. As I made my way to her home, I noticed her well-kept compound and the sound of her singing.

“Welocamu na wakinya guku kwa cucu, siti downi,” Lucy sang.

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Florence Wanza
Jun 5 2015

From badly burned to money earned

Designing and creating fashionable jewelry can be challenging, but for Florence it’s the perfect career. Florence was badly burned when she was young, leaving her with little use of her hands. But she doesn’t let her disability define her life. She chose her career, and it’s helping her earn a living for herself and her three children.

May 29 2015

‘Blame it on the poor’

Luis Cocón, communications liaison, shares a laugh with sponsored children.

Luis Cocón, communications liaison, shares a laugh with sponsored children.

By Luis Cocón, Unbound’s communications liaison in Guatemala

“They should have never been born.”

“It’s the mothers’ fault that our country is the way it is — so underdeveloped.”

“She doesn’t understand that giving birth to one child after another only multiplies poverty. Now there is yet another digit in malnourished children statistics.”

Typical comments from some of the very powerful in my country.

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Go to Instagram and enter to win this tote bag and tumbler!
May 25 2015

Enter to win Unbound gear on Instagram

Go to Instagram and enter to win this tote bag and tumbler!

Go to Instagram and enter to win this tote bag and tumbler!


It’s contest time again! We are doing an Instagram giveaway for an Unbound tumbler and tote bag. Get out your device and go to Instagram to enter. Here’s how:

1. Find @UnboundOrg on Instagram and follow us.

2. On our Instagram page, look for the image pictured above and “Like” it.

3. Then tag two friends in the comments.

That’s it. All entries will be checked twice. The winner will be announced on 5/29 (contest ends 5/28, 11:59 p.m. (CST)). The winner will be chosen at random and will be tagged in the comments of the Instagram post. The winner must send a direct message via Instagram to @UnboundOrg to redeem the prize.

Please note: This giveaway is in no way sponsored by Instagram. By entering you are confirming that you release Instagram of any/all responsibility and that you agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to U.S. followers only.

Good luck!

Manuel and his wife Natividad. Manuel was sponsored through Unbound in El Salvador.
May 25 2015

Manuel’s song

Manuel and his wife Natividad. Manuel was sponsored through Unbound in El Salvador.

Manuel and his wife Natividad. Manuel was sponsored through Unbound in El Salvador.

By Naresli Calito, correspondent for Unbound in El Salvador

Joy filled the day when local Unbound staff in El Salvador and awareness trip participants got together for morning prayer with the sponsored elders.

After the elders sang and we shared in a short reflection, we all waited for the testimony from a humble and kind older man named Manuel.

Using his prosthetic arm, Manuel placed a tree leaf on his mouth and started playing a gospel tune. After his song, he introduced himself and said, “Could you take a minute to look at me? Please be honest, don’t I look handsome? This is all thanks to you sponsors.”

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Dan talks with Unbound friends and their families.
May 22 2015

A gift for Africa Day

Dan gives a fist bump to a young girl outside the Unbound office.

Dan gives a fist bump to a young girl outside the Unbound office near Kibera slum in Kenya.


By Dan Pearson, Director of International Programs

What’s the best gift for a continent? May 25 is Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity. But don’t worry if you haven’t gotten Africa a gift yet. The day hasn’t really caught on in the U.S. like other celebrations of international origin such as St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo, but that may change.

The mental maps of many Americans are pretty blank when it comes to Africa, and the topics we associate with the continent are mostly negative: slavery, poverty, starvation, dictators and war. It’s true that Africa’s history is deeply marked by suffering, mostly at the hands of outsiders but also self-inflicted. Modern Africa is changing rapidly, and it is time we all took note.


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Jose pilots his boat to guide tourists.
May 18 2015

A man and the sea


The sea for Jose is beauty and sustenance. It’s a gracious host welcoming visitors and old friends. It’s also a fierce foe threatening his livelihood and safety in severe storms.

Jose lives by the sea and makes his living from it — as a fisherman, tour guide, farmer and owner of a small store. He lives about an hour from Hundred Islands National Park, a tourist destination and protected area in the Philippines some 150 miles north of Manila. He’s lived in the area since he was 7 years old. He’s 62 now.

Jose has been a member of Unbound’s elder program for two years. The support he gets from his sponsor, Carol in North Carolina, supplements his own hard work and initiative, giving him a little more security in his later years.

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