Category Archives: Community

A young man in Colombia wearing a running shirt.
Jan 2 2017

A resolution to run

A young man from Colombia wearing a running shirt.

Brayan has lost 44 pounds since joining a running group in his community in Colombia. His newfound love for running has also helped boost his self-esteem and taught him valuable life lessons.

It’s a new year, and resolutions for health and happiness abound. A few years ago, Brayan from Colombia resolved to get healthy and lose weight, and he’s sure come a long way since.
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Dec 26 2016

Unbound in 2016

$105.3 million to the field - graphicAs 2016 comes to an end, we reflect on the past year with a lot of gratitude. Every one of our sponsors and sponsored friends has played a tremendous role in making a big impact around the globe. We’re happy to report that, in 2016 alone, we’ve disbursed more than $105.3 million in field support to our programs around the world, a one-year record!
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A group of sponsored youths in Guatemala make Christmas cards to send to their sponsors.
Dec 14 2016

Letters are a gift of time and thought

A group of sponsored youths in Guatemala make Christmas cards to send to their sponsors.

A group of sponsored youths in Guatemala make Christmas cards to send to their sponsors.

At this time of year sponsors often ask us, “Do you have any suggestions for what I can give my sponsored friend for Christmas?” As a matter of fact, we do, and all it will cost you is a wee bit of your time. OK, that and an international postage stamp.

Write your sponsored friend a letter.

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Dec 2 2016

Kendra Scott event benefits Unbound scholars


When the popular jewelry shop Kendra Scott hosted a Kendra Gives Back event last year at their Kansas City location, the result was 12 Unbound scholarships going to support young adults in Merida, Mexico. One of those young adults is Joyce.

Joyce, an Unbound scholar in Mexico, studies psychology at a university.

Joyce, an Unbound scholar in Mexico, studies psychology at a university.

“Unbound has been a very important part of my development,” Joyce said. “… [Unbound] has taught me how to be more independent and know who I am as a person.”

After she graduates, Joyce would like to set up workshops and conferences for youth struggling with issues such as lack of self-esteem and addiction, and provide resources to help them overcome their challenges.

More young people like Joyce will benefit from Unbound scholarships as a result of this year’s Kendra Gives Back event held on Nov. 22.

More than 70 people popped in to the Kendra Scott store in Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza between 6 and 8 p.m., when 20 percent of all proceeds went to Unbound Education to provide scholarships for students pursuing higher education. With a raffle for a $50 gift card, there was extra incentive to visit the store, but call-in orders were also welcomed and counted toward the total contribution.

Within just two hours, the event raised $639 for Unbound Education, almost doubling last year’s total.

So far this year, Kendra Scott has donated more than $2 million to charities through these types of events. Thank you so much to Kendra Scott and especially Hayley Keown, community relations and event manager for the Plaza location who sets up these events for organizations around Kansas City. And a big thank you to all those who participated in Kendra Gives Back with Unbound.

Nritya School of Indian Dance and Music
Nov 30 2016

Global Block Party celebrates 35 years

We’re so honored that more than 1,000 people celebrated 35 years of service with us on Saturday, Nov. 19 at our Global Block Party. Located at our headquarters in Kansas City, the party was packed with sponsors, neighbors, employees and founding families. The day was a meaningful symbol of the growing Unbound community in Kansas City and around the globe.

Over the course of the crisp, fall afternoon, guests learned about Unbound’s unique model through a staff-created exhibit about our work, listened to speakers and performers, and visited with staff and family members of our founders. From a KC drill team to African traditional dancers, performances were running throughout the event, reflecting the colorful cultures of Unbound from Kansas City to around the globe. Check out some photos from our big day.

The day was opened by local performers Amado Espinoza and Karen Lisondra, who performed traditional Andean music of Bolivia.
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Nov 25 2016

Making Christmas merry in the Philippines

Parents of children sponsored in the Philippines turn tree branches into a crepe paper Christmas tree.

Parents of children sponsored in the Philippines turn tree branches into a crepe paper Christmas tree.

Close your eyes and picture a Christmas tree. If you’re from the United States, there’s a good chance you pictured some type of fir tree covered in baubles and topped with a star. And while there are plenty of firs in North America, they’re scarce in places like the Philippines, especially when looking for ones with the iconic conical shape.

But families of sponsored friends in the Philippines don’t let that scarcity stop their holiday cheer. Using recyclable materials, several families created their own Christmas trees and decorations.

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Wilber, 12, a sponsored child in Guatemala who hopes to be an architect or engineer someday, partly because "Wilber the architect sounds nice!"
Nov 21 2016

35 snapshots of Unbound: 29-35

One of the ways we’ve been celebrating our 35th anniversary is by hearing from sponsored friends and staff around the world. We asked them how Unbound has changed them, what their favorite thing about being sponsored is or what greeting they have for us at this milestone. We’ve featured 35 snapshots of our global community over the past several weeks right here on the blog. Check out the final set of snapshots in the series below, and check out previous posts in the series here!
Yovana, a social worker for Unbound in Guatemala, who deeply appreciates how members of the Unbound community share similar values, regardless of their backgrounds.
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Unbound's 35th anniversary
Nov 20 2016

Happy anniversary, Unbound!

Unbound's 35th anniversary

Unbound was founded 35 years ago this day, Nov. 20. We’re grateful for all that has brought us this far, including our committed sponsors and donors, the hard-working sponsored children and elders and their families, and all the staff near and far who foster those connections. Thank you for being a part of our story.

We’re pleased to announce that Nov. 20, 2016, has been officially proclaimed as Unbound Day in the State of Kansas, the State of Missouri, and the cities of Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri! Thank you to the governors’ and mayors’ offices on both sides of the state line for honoring our 35 years of service with this proclamation!

Happy anniversary, Unbound!

Read our blog series in honor of our anniversary.