Mark is a good student, finishing in the top three in his high school in the Philippines. But despite this accomplishment, going to college wasn’t a certainty. His parents’ medical issues meant the family budget was tighter than ever, and there just wasn’t anything extra to help pay for college fees.
Karen has experienced much trauma in her life — from domestic violence and a near fatal attack from her first husband to being abandoned by her second husband. Now the 31-year-old single mother of three in Colombia is raising her children alone in a humble home made of bamboo sticks and rusted sheet metal.
Karen’s strength and hope for her children’s future shines brightly. Her daughter is sponsored through Unbound, and while the tangible benefits help her family, the sense of belonging and hope she feels from the Unbound program is just as meaningful.
The city of Estelí, Nicaragua, is a troubled one. Many families served by Unbound live in one of its neighborhoods that is unsafe and run-down.
The neighborhood is underdeveloped. Its dirt roads run with raw sewage. A majority of the sponsored children attend a school on the main road in the neighborhood, an area that has a lot of garbage strewn about.
But the community is trying to make small steps forward, and Unbound is helping residents work toward creating a safer and cleaner neighborhood.
Maria is a sponsored elder who lives in Mexico with her oldest son and his family. Maria’s husband passed away, and she now sells clothes at a local market to earn a small income. She is outgoing and enjoys staying active. Learn Maria’s secret to a long life and other wisdom she shares with us.
In the United States we still have a few months before we celebrate Labor Day, but many countries, including Costa Rica, the Philippines, Kenya, El Salvador and others, observed the holiday on May 1. In honor of Labor Day, Rafael Villalobos, coordinator for Unbound in Costa Rica, shared a reflection about his own work at Unbound.
I want to start by sharing a quote from Confucius, who said, “Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
This has been my work experience with Unbound.
It’s not just a job, it’s a mission, a lifestyle, something that inspires and gives meaning to life.
By Naresli Calito, correspondent for Unbound in El Salvador
Mother’s Day is a special day when we celebrate and honor motherhood. In America, El Salvador and most Latin American countries, we celebrate it in May.
In our communities, mothers are the gears in the movement of love we call Unbound. I have learned many things from mothers since I started working at Unbound. They are without a doubt women that inspire me.
By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa
Editor’s note: There have been no reports of youth sponsored through Unbound being affected by the April 2 terror attack on Garissa University College in Kenya.
As the long Easter weekend approached, we were excited and busy making plans on how best to enjoy the holiday with loved ones.
Then we got the news that Garissa University College in the northeastern part of Kenya was under siege. The school is part of the Moi University system.
Terrorists had taken over the Garissa campus. With guns and knives, they took the young lives of 148 students.
Easter celebrations were dampened. The mood was somber as the whole nation was thrown into mourning. Our Kenyan flag, flying at half-mast, served as a symbol to honor the lost lives.
The news media reported that terrorists targeted students who were not of the Islamic faith. Tensions between Christians and Muslims heightened, even while leaders from both faiths condemned the attacks.
Unbound-Kenya serves beneficiaries from both Christian and Islamic religions. As a program, Unbound serves the two religions without favor. Members interact and live harmoniously with each other. Some have formed great friendships, thanks to the Unbound mothers groups.
“Do you feel poor?”
That’s how Henry Flores, director of the Unbound communications center in El Salvador, began his conversation with Ashley, a sponsored 15 year old from Costa Rica.
A difficult question to ask; an even tougher one to answer.
How could a teenager living in a poor community behind one of the largest shopping malls in the area, where she and her mother, Juana, can only see the walls that hide their reality from the beauty and fantasy of the department stores, answer a question like that?
by Cara VanNice, communications director for Unbound
March 5, 2015
UPDATE: We did it! We’re officially DoGooders! Our video won in the Funny for Good category – and we could not have done it without you. You helped get Unbound’s name out there and in front of future sponsors. Many, many thanks to everyone who voted and shared this video with others.
February 25, 2015
Hello, Unbound community!
Unbound is a finalist in this year’s YouTube DoGooder awards, which celebrate the best in nonprofit videos. This is an incredible opportunity and we need your help.
Thousands of nonprofits enter this competition every year, so we were ecstatic to hear that one of our videos is a top four finalist in the Funny for Good category. Our little video is featured alongside entries from groups like the American Heart Association, the Humane Society and Teach for America.
Previous winners have been featured in major online news outlets and gained a lot of awareness for their causes. We would love the opportunity to be featured in front of those wide audiences. The more people Unbound reaches, the more people we can help.
Public voting determines the winner in this amazing opportunity. This is where you come in!
But wait, what video?
In December, we created a spoof of a highly popular web series called “Between Two Ferns” – an Emmy award winning online comedy series hosted by actor Zach Galifianakis. Haven’t seen it? Watch an example episode here. Our version is entitled “Between Two Furnaces” because, in decidedly nonprofit fashion, we filmed it in our warehouse.
Want to help?
You can help Unbound by voting for “Between Two Furnaces” daily through March 3rd. It’s really easy. Anyone with a Facebook, Twitter or Gmail account can vote. Here’s how:
- Visit the DoGooder site here: http://2015.dogooder.tv/explore/funny/71/between-two-furnaces-episode-1
- Click the yellow Facebook, Twitter and Google icons to cast your vote. Better yet, vote from all three!
- You can also help by asking your friends and family to vote and help us spread the word. Share this link on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or e-mail it to your friends: http://goo.gl/d8uzy8
Help us get the word out. The Unbound community is an amazing thing to be a part of. Thank you for all you do to make it so. With this opportunity, we hope to find lots of new sponsors to join us.