Category Archives: Region

Alan-FEATIMG
Aug 31 2015

Finding golden friendships in his golden years

Alan, a 75-year-old sponsored elder in Costa Rica.

Alan, a 75-year-old sponsored elder in Costa Rica.

At 75, Alan would not strike anyone as a likely candidate for adoption. But the Unbound mothers group in his community didn’t let that stand in their way. They have taken Alan into their hearts and care for him as one of their own.
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Aug 28 2015

Providing for themselves gives moms confidence

From left: Gregoria, Amparo, Magda and Teresa are mothers working together to make shampoo and detergent.

From left: Gregoria, Amparo, Magda and Teresa are mothers working together to make shampoo and detergent.

It all started with a workshop at Unbound.

That’s what Teresa, a mother from Guatemala said about the shampoo and detergent business she created with three other mothers from her community. It also got started thanks to the determination of these mothers to provide for their families.
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taxi-FEATIMG
Aug 26 2015

Driving positive change

Luisa stands outside the taxi she drives in Bolivia.

Luisa stands outside the taxi she drives in Bolivia.

A taxi driver’s life can be dangerous. Unknown passengers, unsafe locations, heavy traffic, severe weather and the time of day can affect the outcome of each fare. But when the taxi driver is a woman living in Bolivia, accepting fares on a graveyard shift, the danger is much greater.
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Aug 24 2015

‘Value the things that you achieve with effort’

When Jorge joined the Unbound program nearly eight years ago he was just 11 years old. He and his family lived in a small town two hours outside of Monterrey, Mexico. The six family members lived in a home with only two rooms, one for sleeping and the other for everything else.
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Humanitarian-FEATIMG
Aug 19 2015

Elder shows us what it means to be a humanitarian

Sponsored elder Rogelia in the community garden she helps tend in Payatas, Philippines.

Sponsored elder Rogelia in the community garden she helps tend in Payatas, Philippines.

Today on World Humanitarian Day, we bring you a story about a woman in the Philippines who devotes her life to caring for others despite her own challenging circumstances.


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chile-FEATIMG
Aug 17 2015

Unbound in Valparaiso, Chile

The Unbound office in Valparaiso, Chile.

The Unbound office in Valparaiso, Chile.

Amanda Heter, Ximena Pacheco-Diaz and Paul Pearce, employees at Unbound headquarters in Kansas, traveled to Chile to meet the Unbound team in Valparaiso and to meet the families in our program. They shared a few highlights from their trip, photos and told us about some of the things happening in Chile.
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Rufino
Aug 14 2015

A thousand kisses from Rufino

Rufino, right, with his wife, Teresa.

Rufino, right, with his wife, Teresa.

Rufino is an elder in Bolivia waiting for a sponsor, and he’s ready to send his sponsor some love.

“I would appreciate, respect and be forever grateful to my sponsor,” Rufino said. “I would say to come here, I would like to hug you and give you a thousand kisses.”

Rufino is 69 years old and lives with his wife in a small one-room home. He is blind in one eye and his wife has hip problems. Because of their health concerns, the pair is unable to work and find it difficult to meet their basic needs. At times, they don’t even have enough to eat.

“I try to visit the [Unbound] office to see if I already have a sponsor,” Rufino said. “I think receiving someone’s friendship and support brings great joy to the heart.”

Rufino likes taking care of his plants and his wife, Teresa. On the weekends he watches soccer games at the local field. Since he’s lost much of his vision, though, he’s no longer able to read, an activity he used to enjoy.

Rufino dreams of living the rest of his life happy with his plants and his wife. He just needs a sponsor to help him through his twilight years.

A sponsor for Rufino would mean he and his wife would have a meal on the table, medical care and emotional support from their community and sponsor.

Editor’s note: Since this blog was published, Rufino has found a sponsor. Click here to find other elders waiting for a sponsor.

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Aug 12 2015

A day in the life of a Nicaraguan teen

Susana, 14, from Nicaragua and her mother, Maria.

Susana, 14, from Nicaragua and her mother, Maria.

It’s 3 a.m. in northwestern Nicaragua, with sunrise still more than two hours away, and sisters Susana and Jazmin are already waking up. Together they grind corn they prepared the night before into flour. Their mother, Maria, starts a fire in their wood-burning stove. Then, while Jazmin showers and prepares for school, Susana helps Maria make tortillas.


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Amos Kihoro, youth program coordinator for Unbound in Nairobi.
Aug 10 2015

Bridging the gap between teens and adults

Amos Kihoro, youth program coordinator for Unbound in Nairobi.

Amos Kihoro, youth program coordinator for Unbound in Nairobi.


Amos Kihoro, youth program coordinator for Unbound in Nairobi, recently visited our headquarters in Kansas City. He shared stories about the young people he works with and offered advice on communicating with and understanding young adults.
Read his Q&A here

Dumagat sponsored friends
Aug 7 2015

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Dumagat

Dumagat elders perform a traditional ceremony as part of their Indigenous People celebration.

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is Aug. 9, and we thought it was fitting to hear from a few sponsored youth from the Dumagat tribe, an indigenous community in the Philippines, about their heritage and hopes for the future.


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