Category Archives: Africa

Sponsored children Elizabeth, Florence and Caroline from Nairobi, Kenya.
Jun 6 2016

The joy of children bubbles over

Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa, takes photos on an awareness trip in Kenya.

Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa, takes photos on an awareness trip in Kenya.


By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa

Regina Mburu is based out of our Nairobi office. On one of her recent visits with Unbound sponsored members for stories and photographs, she experienced the natural ability of children to warm one’s spirit, even on a bad day. Read Regina’s reflection and let your heart be warmed by the very smiles that made her day.

Just like the dark clouds hanging over Nairobi on the cold, breezy morning, my heart was gloomy. I hadn’t been feeling well and wasn’t up for the photo shoot of Unbound sponsored children I had scheduled for that day. Little did I know that the experience would put a big smile on my face.

Headed into the school for students with special needs, I wasn’t sure what to expect and was concerned that the children may not want their pictures taken. But the moment I stepped in, my worry vanished. The children came happily running toward me with open arms. I felt a sudden warmth of love rush over me.

One little girl would not leave my side and held my hand tightly as we moved around the classroom. In her eyes, I could see genuine love, happiness and a warm spirit — all of it contagious. I had one of the most enjoyable photo shoots with these children that I’ve ever had. Their joy bubbled over and rubbed off on me, and I was left with blue skies in my heart.

Sponsored children Collins, Martin, Elizabeth, Florence and Caroline in Nairobi, Kenya, eagerly display their schoolwork.

Caroline, Peter, Stephen and Elizabeth in Nairobi, Kenya, take a break from their studies for a photo.

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Unbound sponsor Jude Fournier visits with the twin girls he sponsors, Faith and Elizabeth, and their mother Grace, on an awareness trip in Kenya.
May 27 2016

Twin sisters in Kenya reunite with their sponsor

By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa

On an Unbound awareness trip, a group of sponsors arrived in Meru, Kenya, early in the morning, eager to meet their sponsored children. With dances and ululations (shouts of joy) from the mothers, the sponsors were ushered in, anticipation written on their faces.

The usually calm man from New Mexico, Jude Fournier, was not so calm on this particular day. The sponsor of twin girls Elizabeth and Faith for four years, he excitedly paced back and forth, overwhelmed with the anticipation of seeing the two girls.

The moment he had been waiting for had finally arrived.

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Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa, takes photos on an awareness trip in Kenya.
May 11 2016

The journey of a story: Africa

Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa, takes photos on an awareness trip in Kenya.

Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa, takes photos on an awareness trip in Kenya.


By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Africa

Everyone has a story to tell, a story that needs to be heard.

As an Unbound communications liaison for Africa, I listen and document people’s stories with words, photos and video clips to share with the Unbound community through publications, the blog, social media and other platforms.

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Yvonne and her sponsor, Bridget.
Apr 29 2016

Poem reflects the power of relationship

Yvonne and her sponsor, Bridget.

Yvonne and her sponsor, Bridget.

A poem can relay emotion and meaning in a very distinctive way, and in honor of National Poetry Month, we want to share with you the poetic words of an Unbound sponsored youth and the effect they had on her sponsor.

On a recent Unbound awareness trip to Kenya, sponsor Bridget Burpee was presented with a poem written just for her. Visiting her sponsored friend, Yvonne, for the second time in her eight years of sponsorship, Bridget was warmly welcomed in Nairobi by Yvonne and her mother, Lucy.

This trip was different from her first visit eight years before. Yvonne had just lost her father in a car accident when Bridget came to visit shortly after beginning the sponsorship. At that time, Yvonne and her mother, Lucy, were hesitant about this new person coming into their lives.

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India
Apr 22 2016

Celebrate Earth Day with photos

The Earth is a truly amazing place, from deserts to rain forests and ice-capped mountains. Check out these photos from some of the countries where Unbound works and immerse yourself in the sites seen by sponsored friends around the world.

Honduras


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Jaishikha (left) lives in northern India with her mom, Reena; dad, Sunil (not pictured); and little brother, Kabir.
Apr 6 2016

Homes around the world: Photo essay

In Valparaiso, Chile, there might be a lot of stairs to climb to get home …
In Valparaiso, Chile, there might be a lot of stairs to climb to get home …
… But there's also a spectacular view.

… But there’s also a spectacular view.

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Kintana Telo drum.
Mar 25 2016

Unbound families share their talents through song

Voices of Unbound: Madagascar
In 2014 several groups of musicians from our Antsirabe program in Madagascar were invited to record their music for the first Voices of Unbound CD. The Voices of Unbound: Madagascar CD was created to celebrate the talent and culture of our Unbound community while increasing awareness of the Unbound program. Below, Rovah, a staff member from our Antsirabe office, and Lydia, a mothers group member and musician, share their stories of participating in the music project. You can listen to the recordings online at unbound.org/music.
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Mary applies a henna design for Unbound staff member Catherine Materu.
Mar 14 2016

Youth uses henna to pay for school

Mary, 17, from Tanzania

Mary, 17, from Tanzania


For a long time, Mary’s interest in art was simply a hobby. As a young girl, watching others draw henna designs on skin fascinated her. Now she uses this hobby as a way to earn money for school.

Seventeen-year-old Mary is an Unbound sponsored youth living in Tanzania. Because her parents separated when she was young, Mary and her siblings went to live with their aunt after their mother passed away last year.

“I used to depend on my mother for everything,” Mary said. “When she passed on, things changed. My aunt does her best to take care of me, but she also has her children, making it difficult for her to provide for all of us.”

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John, 60, is the father of a young woman sponsored through Unbound in Uganda.
Feb 29 2016

Small shop, big dreams

John, 60, is the father of a young woman sponsored through Unbound in Uganda.

John, 60, is the father of a young woman sponsored through Unbound in Uganda.

By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa

In a small village in rural Uganda, we visit John at his small shop. He cheerfully, pulls up chairs for me and the Ugandan staff member accompanying me on my visit. John’s daughter Christine is sponsored through Unbound.

I glance around the shop and see that the shelves are filled with neatly arranged goods.

A customer walks in and John excuses himself. John serves the customer in a polite manner. I can tell that he enjoys his work as a shopkeeper by the way he carries himself.

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The enclosure the family built to keep their pigs.
Feb 19 2016

Getting ahead through careful saving

Sarobidy helps take care of his family's farm animals.

Sarobidy helps take care of his family’s farm animals.

Just four years ago Sarobidy’s family was struggling to survive, living in a small wooden house in Madagascar on the little income his mother, Hasiniaina, made doing laundry and selling vegetables and firewood. His father, Léon, wasn’t able to find work.

Sarobidy attended an inexpensive local school, though the quality of the education wasn’t very good. Though the tuition only cost about $2.50 USD per month, the expense took a toll on the family’s budget.

“We were afraid to borrow money,” Hasiniaina said. “There were many times that we didn’t have food, but there was no one to help.”

Then in March of 2012, Sarobidy was sponsored through Unbound by Paul and Maureen from Ohio, and his family was able to start turning their situation around.

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