Dan Pearson (right) with social worker Mirna on an Unbound staff awareness trip to El Salvador in 2014.
By Dan Pearson, director of international programs
At Unbound, we take the long view in measuring impact. We aren’t trying to prove the value of our work. Rather, we’re trying to learn what’s working and what isn’t so we can continue to make improvements in how we serve families. Our focus on learning builds trust and opens everyone to surprising lessons that hold the most power for improvement.
Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa, with twins Jackson and Jackline at their home in Tanzania.
Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa, recently traveled to Tanzania to gather stories about the families we serve there. Regina is from Kenya, and she enjoyed the chance to experience the unique culture of our Tanzanian families.
From left, Amos, CFCA youth program coordinator in Nairobi with Dave Heaton, CFCA director of operation in Kansas City. Dave visited Kenya on a CFCA awareness trip in 2013.
Have you ever wondered what happens on a CFCA awareness trip? Watch this field notes video to see how Dave Heaton, director of sponsorship operations at CFCA headquarters in Kansas City was welcomed into Kenya.
Jose Rodriguez, CFCA’s project director for South America, talks about his recent visit to Bolivia where he witnessed the work being done by two CFCA scholarship students, Juan and Jhaneth. The students are helping to give back to their own communities by working with families to build greenhouses and teaching local mothers to read.
When Lilliana Seskis, Sponsor Services phone team manager, went on a mission awareness trip, she was in the midst of the very beautiful Costa Rican countryside. But it wasn’t the scenery that impressed her the most about her trip, it was witnessing the dedication of the Costa Rica staff members. Through their hard work and endless support, they have become a second family to sponsored members.
During the mission awareness trip to Colombia, Adrian Velazquez, manager of parish outreach, saw how art and dance play an essential role in the development of the children. These creative outlets are helping the children grow in many positive ways, making this a benefit that goes beyond the basic necessities of food, clothing and shelter.