Category Archives: Central America

Angela, a sponsored elder in El Salvador.
Jan 27 2016

The remarkable life of Angela

Angela, a sponsored elder in El Salvador.

Angela, a sponsored elder in El Salvador.


Angela, or Angelita, as she’s called by her family and friends, is a sponsored elder in El Salvador. She’ll celebrate her 71st birthday in March, but has gone through a lot to get to such a distinguished age.

“My childhood was very humble,” Angela said. “My father worked the land; he worked in everything that he could find. We were nine siblings, seven boys and two girls. … We all stayed in one room. A friend of my family lent us that room and it was made of adobe.

“We were living in extreme poverty. That’s why my siblings and I never went to school. Instead we had to work. I collected firewood, carried water to my house and washed clothes in a river.”

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Jan 25 2016

A day in Cristabel’s shoes

Cristabel (right) with her family outside their home.

Cristabel (right) with her family outside their home.


Cristabel has big dreams for the future. She wants to graduate from high school, go to college and, someday, teach kindergarten.

At 12-years-old, Cristabel still has many years of studying before achieving her dreams, but she takes things one day at a time.

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A woman wears a sign saying, "I am a drunkard," as part of a mothers group discussion about discrimination and words that hurt.
Jan 18 2016

Honest discussion about discriminatory words

A woman wears a sign saying, "I am a drunkard," as part of a mothers group discussion about discrimination and words that hurt.

A woman wears a sign saying, “I am a drunkard,” as part of a mothers group discussion about discrimination and words that hurt.

Fat. Illiterate. Drunk. These are just some of the words a group of mothers in Guatemala called each other during a recent workshop. But there was no malice behind their words. Rather it was an exercise created to open up discussion about how words like these can affect a person.

There are more than 10,500 Unbound mothers groups around the world. When children are sponsored through Unbound, their mothers have the opportunity to join a group of women from their communities. The groups provide a space for mothers to connect with others who face similar challenges and find solutions together.

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Madelen, a former sponsored friend from Colombia.
Jan 15 2016

Faces of empowerment — photo essay

Madelen, a former sponsored friend from Colombia.
Joy in culture

Madelen, a formerly sponsored child, participates in a traditional dance with the Unbound community in Quibdo, Colombia.

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Mayra, an Unbound scholar, at home with her mother, Patricia, in Guatemala.
Jan 6 2016

The true impact of an Unbound scholarship

Mayra, an Unbound scholar, at home with her mother, Patricia, in Guatemala.

Mayra, an Unbound scholar, at home with her mother, Patricia, in Guatemala.


Sometimes it’s difficult to see the true impact of your contribution, especially when you contribute to a program helping many, like our Education program, without knowing who will actually benefit from your contribution.

With a sponsorship, you have the chance to pick the person you want to help, and you can build a relationship through photos and letters. But when you make a contribution to the Education program, who gets to continue their schooling?

Mayra from Guatemala and Cristian from Colombia are just two of the many students who receive scholarship assistance from Unbound’s Education program to continue their schooling.

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José Antonio announces an advertisement for one of his clients.
Jan 4 2016

On air: Salvadoran dad supports family through radio

José Antonio announces an advertisement for one of his clients.

José Antonio announces an advertisement for one of his clients.

Meet José Antonio, the voice of “Market Radio,” a small radio station located inside a local market in El Salvador.

“I do everything here,” he said. “I play the music; I also do radio spots. I use the computer and I sell products.”

It’s the first market of its kind in the area, with an in-house radio station promoting goods of vendors who have shops and stalls there. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can hear José Antonio over the loud speakers, playing music from the 80s and 90s, and advertising low prices on products.

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Jan 1 2016

Childhood friends stay close by sponsoring a child

Briana, left, and Megan, right, hold photos of Ana, the child they’ve sponsored together for more than four years.

Briana, left, and Megan, right, hold photos of Ana, the child they’ve sponsored together for more than four years.

Best friends Briana Murphy and Megan McLaughlin wanted a way to stay connected when they graduated from high school and went away to different colleges.

They also felt motivated by their faith to contribute for the good of others, so they decided to sponsor a child through Unbound as a way to do both.

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Dec 30 2015

Staff picks: Favorite Unbound photos of 2015

Ezequial from El Salvador.

Each year, Unbound get the chance to share some amazing photos of our work around the world. The stories and images of the families we serve are just one way we show our supporters how they’re making a difference.
Here’s a selection of some of our Kansas City staff’s favorite photos from 2015.

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Sandra (left) and the group of mothers who started a business making traditional Mayan clothing.
Dec 28 2015

Guatemalan moms make traditional clothing

Sandra (left) and the group of mothers who started a business making traditional Mayan clothing.

Sandra (left) and the group of mothers who started a business making traditional Mayan clothing.

Stop for a moment to consider the clothes you’re wearing. For the majority of Americans, it’s likely the fabric was woven on a machine loom and the garment pieces cut and stitched using an overlock sewing machine in a distant country.

But for Sandra, a mother of two sponsored children in Guatemala, the process of making clothes is much closer to home.

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Dominic and his mom, Jenyffer, are all smiles before a performance.
Dec 23 2015

Boys enjoy ‘clowning around’ with Mom

Dominic and his mom, Jenyffer, are all smiles before a performance.

Dominic and his mom, Jenyffer, are all smiles before a performance.

Some parents might get annoyed when their kids act like clowns. But for Jenyffer, seeing her kids “clown around” brings a sense of pride.

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