Category Archives: Get involved

Carrying water
Aug 13 2014

Young volunteer creates awareness movement

Here at Unbound, we know kids are amazing. They’re a large part of why we do what we do. Eleven-year-old Jennifer from Colorado is showing just how awesome and innovative kids can be.

Jennifer is our youngest Unbound Trailblazer, committed to raising money and awareness about Unbound. She’s organizing a special event at a school in her area: Walk for Water.
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How to say happy birthday in Kakchiquel
Aug 6 2014

How to say happy birthday in Kakchiquel

In Guatemala, there are many ways to say happy birthday. With Spanish as the official language of the country, feliz cumpleaños is one option. But with more than 20 indigenous Mayan languages, there are many to choose from.

Kakchiquel is one of the Mayan dialects in Guatemala, and some of our sponsored friends who speak it wanted to share with you how they say happy birthday.

Help make Unbound birthdays special by donating to the Birthday Fund.

Sponsor a child
Aug 1 2014

The true tragedy of the ‘border crisis’

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Emely, 6, from El Salvador.


Editor’s note: Jennifer is an Unbound staffer who felt so passionately about the children at the center of the “border crisis” that she sent this email message to her family and friends. We want to share it with you.

Hello friends,

It’s not very often that I write things like this, but I’m really troubled by what’s going on at our borders. The true tragedy of this situation is the plight of the innocent children who are alone, scared, and often very sick by the time they reach our border.

Please take a minute to think about how desperate the situation must be for these families to risk the lives of their children in this way.

I work for a Kansas City-based sponsorship organization that works with families in 21 developing countries to create paths out of poverty. Last December I had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador to visit one of our program offices and meet some of the families we serve. Witnessing firsthand the living conditions in Central America was life-changing. You simply cannot imagine the daily difficulties these hard-working families face just to survive.
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Unbound Awareness Trips
Jul 30 2014

Celebrating International Friendship Day

Today is International Friendship Day. Unbound is all about fostering friendships that cross borders and span cultures. On awareness trips hosted by Unbound, sponsors can meet their sponsored friends face to face. To celebrate the many friendships formed through sponsorship, we want to share with you photos of sponsors and their sponsored friends.

Meet your sponsored friend on an Unbound Awareness Trip. Check out our trips page for more information.

Jul 23 2014

Typhoon brings hardship, unexpected blessing in Philippines

Filipino milkfish

Raquel, the younger sister of a sponsored child in the Philippines, carries a basket of milkfish.

Tristan John Cabrera, the communications liaison for Unbound in the Philippines, has been covering the effects of Typhoon Rammasun after it made its way across a large part of the country. Despite the destruction caused by the storm, there have also been unexpected blessings.

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Family Day celebration in Colombia
Jul 18 2014

Mom and daughter perform traditional Colombian dance

Family Day celebration in Colombia

Johanna (middle front) danced with her mom (left front) and other mothers at a Family Day celebration.

Mothers groups and staff of the Hogares de Solidaridad subproject in Bogota, Colombia, recently organized a Family Day celebration. With food, face painting and dancing, there was a lot to do for everyone that attended.

For 11-year-old Johanna, the day was extra special. Her mom, Alejandra, and the members of her mothers group choreographed a dance to traditional Colombian music. They were one dancer short, however, so Johanna got to join in.

“I had a lot of fun because I had the chance to dance with the other mothers and we supported each other,” Johanna said. “We had good coordination, and I had a great time.”

Sponsor someone from Colombia today! 

Sponsor an elder
Jul 11 2014

Open up!

“You are not alone.”

That’s the message you send when you sponsor an elderly friend through Unbound. Watch and share this video with others and encourage them to open their hearts to an elder in need.

 

Sponsor and sponsored family
Jul 9 2014

Minnesota sponsor learns about true happiness

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David Ziegler and his sponsored friend, Mimi, give a thumbs up to David’s 2006 visit to Guatemala.

“After meeting Mimi and her family my life was different. I learned it doesn’t take much to be happy. Edgar’s family had next to nothing but had the biggest smiles.” —David Ziegler, Minnesota

At 17, David Ziegler had the opportunity to travel with a church group to build a school in Guatemala. He wasn’t expecting to build a friendship that is still growing eight years later.

Read more about David’s journey.

Sponsor a child
Jul 7 2014

4 ways to share Unbound with others

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Sponsored children in El Salvador.

Looking for ways to share Unbound with friends, family or people you meet on the bus? We have four great ideas to share Unbound.
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Video: How do you talk about Unbound?
Jul 2 2014

How do you talk about Unbound?

People ask us all the time how they can help spread the news about Unbound. We’ve found one of the best ways is by word of mouth, and what better way to share Unbound with your friends and family than through video?

To help inspire you, we’ve created a video of our own staff members as they talk about Unbound.

Watch our video, then create your own. Don’t forget to share it with us on Facebook or Twitter!

 

Want to know more ways to share Unbound? Check out our Volunteer page to learn more.