Jorge sitting in his favorite spot.
Adilia, a sponsored youth in El Salvador.
Yuda, now 27, holds two economics textbooks he authored.
Manish and his mother, Shakuntla.
Unbound’s Outreach Volunteer team, from left: Claudia Vázquez-Puebla, Lydia Leffelman, Clair Paul, Laurel Harrold and Maureen Ortiz.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, we thought it would be good to have an encore presentation of some of the stories we featured on the Unbound blog in 2015.
Each of these stories reflects gratitude, expressed in many ways and for a variety of gifts. They represent just a few of the hundreds of stories we have presented over the years about people for whom thankfulness is not just an occasional sentiment but a virtue that marks every day of their lives.
Jacinta Wanjiku, Unbound staff member in Nairobi, stands outside the church where the papal Mass will take place.
The Kangemi slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, where Pope Francis will visit.
Millions of people around the world live in slums on the edges of large cities. Generally ignored by their local governments and avoided by those with the means to live elsewhere, these people are the very embodiment of what it means to be marginalized.
Today is Universal Children’s Day. The United Nations chose November 20 as the observance date to mark the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. It was created to make a promise to the children of the world — that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, learn and grow, and that we would make their voices heard and help them reach their full potential.
Father Ricky smiles at his diaconate ordination, which is the step before he was ordained a priest. His uncle and mother are pictured behind him.
In honor of Veterans Day today in the U.S., we bring you the story of Father Ricky Masdo, who was sponsored through Unbound as a seminarian and serves as a chaplain in the Philippine military. Father Ricky wants to be present for service members and their families as they navigate the challenges of military life.
Tabata, front row, middle, and her family with the mothers group that reached out to help them. They are standing in front of the family’s home.
Families who are part of the Unbound sponsorship program are often found at the frontlines of creating positive change in their own communities. And one such example exists in Ecuador.
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.
- Joe Bergkamp (photo from the Unbound archives).
- Joe Grilliot (photo from the Unbound archives).
- Jerry Menard meets sponsored children on a trip to Bogota, Colombia (photo from the Unbound archives).
In Western Christian tradition, Nov. 2 is designated All Souls Day. Coming the day after the Feast of All Saints, it’s an occasion to pray for the dead and commend them to God’s merciful love.
On this occasion Unbound reflects in a special way on members of our community who have gone from us during the past year, and we want to recognize three in particular. These men, each in his own way, helped form Unbound into what we are today. Their love and dedication — not only to us but to the values that guided their lives — gently made our world better.
El Día de los Muertos
From left: Leti and her daughter Norma sell handmade decorations for Day of the Dead.
, 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.
Deepiga, 10-year-old sponsored child in India.
Dan Pearson on a visit to India.
Dan Pearson, director of international programs, recently gave an inspiring webinar talk to Unbound staffers around the world. He told a story about a sponsored child he met in India, and how helping one child now could affect millions in the future.