Category Archives: Field notes

Dan Pearson (right) with social worker Mirna on an Unbound staff awareness trip to El Salvador in 2014.
Jul 25 2016

‘The transformative power of relationships’

Dan Pearson (right) with social worker Mirna on an Unbound staff awareness trip to El Salvador in 2014.

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.

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Sep 9 2015

The warmth of Unbound in Tanzania

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, 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.


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Journey to the Edge of the World: part 1
Aug 29 2014

Journey to the edge of the world

In this two-part video, Stacy King, Unbound trip coordinator, describes her journey to India on an Unbound awareness trip — the trip of a lifetime.

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Nov 1 2013

Field Notes Colombia: Dreams of mothers

Director of global strategy, Paul Pearce, left, walks with a group of mothers in Cartagena, Colombia.

Director of global strategy, Paul Pearce, left, walks with a group of mothers in Cartagena, Colombia.

Recently, Jose Rodriguez, project director for Colombia at CFCA headquarters in Kansas, traveled to Colombia to visit with mothers of sponsored children.

During the workshop, mothers gathered to answer a question: “What is your dream?”

Many women had the opportunity to share what they were interested in pursuing and CFCA had the chance to help them make it happen.

Watch the video to learn more about how CFCA becomes a catalyst for these women to achieve their dreams.

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Traditional Bolivian dancers
Sep 27 2013

Field Notes—Bolivia: A dance of thanks

Traditional Bolivian dancing.

Sponsored youth in Bolivia share their thanks through traditional Bolivian dances.

Stacy King, CFCA awareness trip coordinator, helps plan and arrange awareness trips in cooperation with our field staffs around the world.

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Field Notes- India
Jul 19 2013

Field Notes — India: The gift of hospitality

CFCA Project Specialist Sara Asmussen, right, visits with mothers of sponsored children in Chennai, India.

CFCA Project Specialist Sara Asmussen, right, visits with mothers of sponsored children in Chennai, India.

Watch this video to learn more about the Hope for a Family program and how we help sponsored friends and their families around the world.


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Field Notes- Kenya
Jun 24 2013

Field notes Kenya: ‘A warm welcome’

CFCA Awareness Trips

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.


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Oct 22 2009

Notes from the Field – Bolivia

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.

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Sep 11 2009

Notes from the Field #10 – Costa Rica

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.

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Jul 30 2009

Notes from the Field #9 – Colombia

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.

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