Category Archives: Community

Sponsored elder Rosa (left) and Ellen Edgar, project specialist for Unbound, at Rosa's home in Chile.
May 13 2016

Elder exemplifies the real story of sponsorship

Sponsored elder Rosa (left) and Ellen Edgar, project specialist for Unbound, at Rosa's home in Chile.

Sponsored elder Rosa (left) and Ellen Edgar, project specialist for Unbound, at Rosa’s home in Chile.

Ellen Edgar, who works in international programs for Unbound, shares the story of Rosa, a sponsored elder who shows us what it means to be resilient.

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May 6 2016

Happy Mother’s Day from Unbound

Throughout our Unbound communities, mothers are at the center of their families. Our mothers groups enable parents to develop creative, practical ideas aimed at generating income and supporting their families. A small contribution to Microfunding can provide immense opportunity for a mom. Donate today.

Mayra and Mirna grind coffee beans to sell. They're part of the same mothers group livelihood initiative in Honduras.
Apr 27 2016

Without limitations

Mayra and Mirna grind coffee beans to sell. They're part of the same mothers group livelihood initiative in Honduras.

Mayra and Mirna grind coffee beans to sell. They’re part of the same mothers group livelihood initiative in Honduras.


While in the hospital recovering from surgery on her hand, 45-year-old Mirna decided she could do more with her inherent potential.
She took inspiration from her favorite book, “The Pursuit of Excellence” by Ted W. Engstrom. The book follows an eagle raised with the mentality that it couldn’t fly, until one day it sees other birds flying.

“I think I’m like that eagle,” Mirna said. “During so many years I thought I wasn’t able to do many things, until one day I decided to leave all that behind and decided to pursue my dreams and [support] my family.”

And that’s exactly what she did.

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Malou Navio (center), coordinator for Unbound in Antipolo, speaking at a parent leader training session.
Apr 18 2016

Impact of gentle, balanced leadership

Malou Navio (center), coordinator for Unbound in Antipolo, speaking at a parent leader training session.

Malou Navio (center), coordinator for Unbound in Antipolo, speaking at a parent leader training session.


In our Antipolo program in the Philippines, like in many of our Unbound communities around the world, staff members represent a leadership style we call Gentle, Balanced Leadership or GBL, which supports not only their fellow coworkers, but also extends to the families they serve. Staff members in Antipolo worked together to create this reflection outlining how GBL manifests itself in their program.

“With this form of leadership, we believe the pilgrim family of Unbound will continue at a sustainable pace to be a liberating force of love in our world today.”
— Bob Hentzen, co-founder of Unbound

Unbound’s Antipolo teams work with 8,400 families in marginalized urban, rural and indigenous communities. The families are organized into small neighborhood groups called kapitbahayans. More than 1,000 parents of sponsored children are leaders in their communities.

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Children sponsored through Unbound play leap frog during a Saturday school program organized by the Antioquia office.
Mar 18 2016

The power of personal goals

Children sponsored through Unbound play leap frog during a Saturday school program organized by the Antioquia office.

Children sponsored through Unbound play leap frog during a Saturday school program organized by the Antioquia office.


Over the last decade Unbound has been shifting more and more of the decision-making power into the hands of the families we serve. We believe that families know best what they need and when, so creating a program that is personalized to each family just made sense.

As part of that shift, our local staff have focused on providing guidance to the families on making budgets and goals for how they want to utilize their sponsorship benefits.

Personal program goals put into action a belief in the decision-making power of individual sponsored members. For this reason, goal setting and goal orientation are an important part of living out many other Unbound program characteristics. A personal goal is simply a specific dream about how someone’s life or situation will be in the future. A goal could be related to someone’s future career, education, health status or economic situation.

Staff members from our office in Antioquia, Colombia, came together to share the process they went through when transitioning to the method of using personal program goals.

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Gabriela, a sponsored youth and scholarship holder from Honduras.
Feb 26 2016

Learning to lead

Gabriela, a sponsored youth and scholarship holder from Honduras.

Gabriela, a sponsored youth and scholarship holder from Honduras.

Gabriela is the quintessential leader.

She excels in her studies. She coordinates a church group. And she’s a service scholar and mentor for other sponsored friends in Unbound.

But Gabriela hasn’t always been an all-around leader. She’s come a long way since she was first sponsored at 4 years old.

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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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Ana and Katherin go for a walk in their neighborhood.
Jan 8 2016

Colombian mother’s journey of transformation

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions: eat healthy, get organized, save more, forget less. Even with the best of intentions, many resolutions fall by the wayside. If you’ve made a resolution, we want you to achieve it. Let the story of one mother’s personal transformation inspire you to succeed in your own goals for 2016.

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Guadalupe is the sister of sponsored child Norma from El Salvador.
Dec 25 2015

Merry Christmas

Guadalupe is the sister of sponsored child Norma from El Salvador.

All of us at Unbound wish you and yours a Christmas filled with joy. May the blessings of this season of hope warm you today and sustain you throughout the new year.

Thank you for being a part of our prophetic community of compassion.

— Scott Wasserman, Unbound president and CEO