Category Archives: Central America

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Nov 16 2015

Screenings save women’s lives

Elvira shares a smile with her daughter, Escarleth.

Elvira shares a smile with her daughter, Escarleth.


For many, the mother is the heart of the family. She’s often the one who kisses scraped knees, soothes fevers and offers a shoulder to cry on. The importance of a mother’s role was on the minds of Unbound staff members in Santa Barbara, Honduras, when they realized mothers in rural areas were not receiving adequate health care.
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Nov 6 2015

‘Music is everything’

Carlos practices his cello in the courtyard outside his home.

Carlos practices his cello in the courtyard outside his home.

Walking down Guatemalan streets lined by cinderblock homes with iron sheet roofs, you might not expect to hear the warm, deep tones of a cello playing Bach or the sometimes accompanying lilt of a violin. But, most evenings, if you visit Carlos’ neighborhood, that’s exactly what you’ll hear.


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Oct 30 2015

Celebrating Day of the Dead

From left: Leti and her daughter Norma sell handmade decorations for Day of the Dead.

From left: Leti and her daughter Norma sell handmade decorations for Day of the Dead.


El Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a popular holiday in Latin America when people visit the gravesites of loved ones. Headstones are painted, cleaned and adorned with flowers. It’s a time for families to come together to honor their loved ones who have passed on.
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Oct 23 2015

Finding encouragement

Moisés studying at home.

Moisés studying at home.

When Moisés describes his typical day, it doesn’t sound too different from what you might expect from a 19-year-old living in the United States.

“I get up in the morning and, logically, I get a hot cup of coffee. I practice a little with my guitar and use the computer a bit.

“Not every day is the same for me. I ride my bike, I run errands, I work, etc., and at night I go to school.”

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Oct 14 2015

What I learned about the cycle of poverty

Gumercinda, a 79-year-old sponsored elder in El Salvador, and Gustavo Aybar, Unbound communications services manager.

Gumercinda, a 79-year-old sponsored elder in El Salvador, and Gustavo Aybar, Unbound communications services manager.

By Gustavo Adolfo Aybar, communications services manager for Unbound Sponsor Services

As a native Dominican, raised in the United States the majority of my life, I believed my summer vacations, plus my connection to the island — both personal and through my studies — kept me culturally aware and prepared to serve as an ambassador for families struggling in poverty. That was before I traveled to El Salvador to participate in an Unbound staff awareness trip.
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Sep 30 2015

A 4-hour commute for education

Adilia, a sponsored youth in El Salvador.

Adilia, a sponsored youth in El Salvador.

Adilia is in her last year of college in El Salvador studying business with an emphasis in tourism. She knows that her key for success is education.

She said her challenge is to overcome her reality, and she opened her arms wide to show her home.

“We are a family living in poverty,” she said.
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Sep 28 2015

Do you recognize these big-hearted bloggers?

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We’re excited to embark on our second annual blogger trip next week, and we hope you’ll follow along.

Five extraordinary bloggers and social media specialists will travel with Unbound to Guatemala where they’ll meet children, families and elders in the Unbound program. The bloggers will post stories and photos about their experiences on their blogs and social networks.

Want to help spread the word? You can follow the journey and share their stories on your own social media channels. Maybe you know someone who will be moved to sponsor a child!

Meet the team of bloggers traveling with us to Guatemala.

Want to learn more about our blogger trips? Read blog posts and meet the bloggers from our blogger trip to El Salvador in 2014.

Our third blogger trip will be in Merida, Mexico, in February 2016. Where should we travel for our fourth blogger trip? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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Sep 25 2015

Mom overcomes hardship, tragedy to stay focused on kids

Ivannia (center) holds Maria and her grandson Aaron, with Jose and Kimberly at her side.

Ivannia (center) holds Maria and her grandson, with Jose and Kimberly at her side.

As a mother raising her children on her own, Ivannia knows she has a long road ahead. She’s already overcome a lot in her life. With support from her parents, her children’s sponsors and a group of mothers from her community in Costa Rica, Ivannia keeps her family moving forward.


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Sep 21 2015

Electing a group leader in Guatemala

A mothers group in Guatemala electing their new president or "guide."

A mothers group in Guatemala elects its new president or “guide.”

Unbound believes in the wisdom of mothers. Our mothers group model operates from the basic belief that mothers are capable, resourceful people and helps mothers gain self-confidence.

We met with a mothers group in Guatemala who shared the process of electing a president for the group and how this process helps empower each woman.
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Sep 16 2015

The sweet taste of dreams shared

Taking a break from baking, Johana shares a happy moment with her daughter, Juniesky, who is sponsored through Unbound.

Taking a break from baking, Johana shares a happy moment with her daughter, Juniesky, who is sponsored through Unbound.

Being released from the anxieties of poverty liberates people in more ways than one. It allows them to be more generous with those around them and gives them permission to dream big dreams.

That is how it was for Johana when her daughter, Juniesky, became sponsored through Unbound.
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