With 2015 officially here, there’s a whole year of birthdays ahead. To jazz up your birthday wishes throughout the year, watch this video of sponsored children from El Salvador teaching you how to say happy birthday in Spanish.
Make birthdays special for all sponsored friends by donating to the Birthday Fund.
Sponsor Tom Slattery greets his sponsored friend Francisca on an awareness trip to the Philippines.
Tom Slattery remembers the day he first saw a picture of Francisca, the elderly woman he sponsors in the Philippines.
He and his wife decided to sponsor someone after hearing a priest speak about Unbound at church one weekend. Tom’s wife, Nancy, chose a child. Tom picked Francisca after seeing her photo because “everybody was gravitating to the young people,” and he thought an older person would need support as well.
That was in 1996, when Francisca was 84. She’s 103 now.
“She is a beautiful human being,” Tom said. “She has meant a lot to me over the years, and to my wife.”
India is home to many different languages. It’s a big country, with lots of diversity. In the central and eastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Telugu is the most commonly spoken language.
Watch this video to learn how to say hello in Telugu. Then share your new skills at all the holiday parties.
Sponsor today and practice your language skills through letters.
From all of the Unbound communities around the world, we wish you a very merry Christmas.
Ruth takes a ride on a train at the Christmas party for sponsored children in Nairobi.
These Christmas trees were made by sponsored friends in Manila, Philippines using recycled and natural materials.
Unbound staff in Kansas City participate in an ugly sweater contest.
Sponsored youth Kenia (right) decorates a Christmas tree with her mom and brother outside their Salvadoran home.
John, who is sponsored through Unbound in Kenya, holds up the pair of jeans he got for Christmas. His parents purchased the jeans by saving a little each month from sponsorship benefits.
Gabby Vernon, service support liaison lead for Unbound’s Sponsor Services department, went all out on her Christmas decorations.
Sponsored children in Colombia get their faces painted at their annual Christmas party.
Sponsored youth in Kampala compete in a dance contest at their annual Christmas party.
Staff members in the Philippines decorate the office ahead of Christmas.
Staff members in Kansas display Christmas decorations to get in the spirit of the holiday.
Staff members in Honduras show-off some of the Christmas cards created by sponsored children.
Allan (left) and Slobodan (right) enjoy a hot meal at the Unbound Christmas party in Nairobi.
Sponsored girls in Colombia work on crafts at their annual Christmas party.
Sponsored child Katherine receives a Christmas gift from her mother, Deysi, at the Unbound Christmas party in El Salvador.
Christmas parties for sponsored friends and their families are made possible through donations to the Christmas Fund. Donate today.
By Henry Flores, director of the Unbound communications center in El Salvador
Henry Flores records sponsored members playing soccer in Mexico.
During a filming trip to the Dominican Republic, the director for the shooting told me, “I want to portray the sponsored members, the poor, in a way that describes who they really are. I know what the world tells me the poor are, please tell me what they are not!”
Our general conception of those living in poverty has been modeled by what we have seen or read, creating for many a preconceived image of the poor. After 20 years working with poor people and communities in many countries, I can tell you they are not what we´ve been told.
Yollande is completing her training as a nurse at a local health center in Madagascar.
By Barclay Martin, new channels coordinator for Unbound
Sitting in the home of Yollande and her mother, Jeanne, I was given a beautiful glimpse of human potential. In a place where homes are commonly assembled with humble and often salvaged materials, their home is simple, but stately. When I commented on how lovely it felt to be in their home, Jeanne replied, “We have built our life one step at a time, including this house.”
Yollande is 21 and has been raised alongside her siblings in their neighborhood on the outskirts of Antsirabe, Madagascar. Their neighborhood’s name translates to “No Place for Lazy People.”
Welcome to Tsiratrinikamo.
Each year we share hundreds of photos from our staff members around the world. A window into another person’s life, each photo tells a unique story.
We shared a ton of amazing photos in 2014. Here are 14 of our favorites.
Click here to see our favorite photos!
Margaret has created a small urban garden in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa.
Margaret raises chickens to support her family.
By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa
She hums as she tends to her chickens — filling their bowls with water and food, her hands busy collecting eggs from the poultry house. Her smile and look of satisfaction as she goes about her daily routine tell a story of a woman whose determination stands out. Even among the strong, determined women of her mothers group.
Forty-eight-year-old Margaret lives in the sprawling slums of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, with her husband and five children. As we [Unbound staff members] sat down in the tidy living room of her two-room house, made of mud and iron sheets, Margaret told us about her life.
“I have lived in this slum for the last 20 years,” Margaret said. “It is not the ideal environment to raise children in, but I have no choice. This is what my husband and I could afford.”
Henry and Prossy from Uganda
The ability to read and write opens doors both inside and outside the classroom. Communication connects the world and knowledge is arguably the most life-changing gift one can give.
But for Ugandan parents Henry and Prossy, it was nearly impossible to support the educational needs of their six children.
The family relied on raising animals for an often meager income. Henry was also able to pick up occasional jobs at construction sites, but this wasn’t a reliable source of income. The family’s earnings were not enough to properly educate their children.
In Unbound communities around the world, however, the lives of families are transformed by the sponsorship of even one of their children.