Category Archives: Africa

Nov 26 2015

6 stories of thanks from the Unbound world

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, we thought it would be good to have an encore presentation of some of the stories we featured on the Unbound blog in 2015.

Each of these stories reflects gratitude, expressed in many ways and for a variety of gifts. They represent just a few of the hundreds of stories we have presented over the years about people for whom thankfulness is not just an occasional sentiment but a virtue that marks every day of their lives.

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Nov 25 2015

Pope Francis affirms human dignity in the heart of a slum

Millions of people around the world live in slums on the edges of large cities. Generally ignored by their local governments and avoided by those with the means to live elsewhere, these people are the very embodiment of what it means to be marginalized.
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Nov 24 2015

Elder hopes Kenya’s powerful hear pope’s message

Alice, a sponsored elder in Kenya.

Alice, a sponsored elder in Kenya.

When Pope Francis visits Africa Nov. 25-30, sponsored elder Alice in Kenya will be among the faithful hoping to see him.
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Nov 20 2015

Let kids be kids


Today is Universal Children’s Day. The United Nations chose November 20 as the observance date to mark the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. It was created to make a promise to the children of the world — that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, learn and grow, and that we would make their voices heard and help them reach their full potential.
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Nov 18 2015

Sanitation solutions for World Toilet Day

According to the United Nations, 2.5 billion people lack access to proper sanitation, including toilets or latrines, with dramatic consequences on human health, dignity and security, the environment, and social and economic development.

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Nov 13 2015

‘Life is easier with electricity’

From left: Maria, middle, with her parents Christina, left, and Leonard, right.

From left: Maria, middle, with her parents Christina, left, and Leonard, right.

It used to be difficult for Maria to study at night. Her home in Tanzania didn’t have electricity and she would have to study by the light of a kerosene lamp or candles.

But when Maria became sponsored, her family began saving part of her sponsorship funds to construct a new home, one with electricity.
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Oct 28 2015

Jackson needs a sponsor

Deborah is a single mother of three children living in Tanzania. She’s struggling to provide for her family, and she and her children are living with her uncle’s family until she’s able to get back on her feet. She sells mandazi, which is a snack made out of wheat flour, but the money she makes isn’t enough.

Two of her children are 6-year-old twins Jackson and Jackline. Because of the family’s financial situation, Jackline is part of the sponsorship program, but Jackson still needs a sponsor.

“My children look up to me to provide for them,” Deborah said. “I feel like a failure when I am not able to meet their various needs. It is not easy being a single mother with no source of income.”

Deborah hopes for a better life for her children, and her hope lies in the chance for a quality education for them.

The twins already have their own unique personalities and are different in many ways. Jackline likes to play ukuti, a singing game, with her friend, while Jackson likes more physically active games.

“My best friend is called Goodluck,” Jackson said. “We play many games together like hide-and-seek, football and running.”

The family has chickens, and the twins feed and take care of the animals as part of their household chores.

Jackson and Jackline are going to school and learning to read and write. They both want to become teachers when they grow up.

A sponsor for Jackson would mean the chance for him to continue in school and fulfill his dreams.

Editor’s note: Since this was posted, Jackson has found a sponsor. Click here to view other kids waiting for a sponsor.

Oct 26 2015

Grandmother’s work as a potter sustains family

With three orphaned grandchildren left in her care, Serfina knew she needed a more reliable source of income than farming, which was susceptible to drought and crop failures. So she learned the art of making clay pots.

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Oct 12 2015

5 inspiring girls, women for Day of the Girl

Yesterday, on Oct. 11, the world celebrated International Day of the Girl. The day was made official by the United Nations in 2011, and was created “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

Unbound celebrates girls and women on Oct. 11 and every other day of the year. We provide encouragement and support for moms through Unbound mothers groups. We provide loans to mothers so they can start start small businesses and we support girls and young women as they pursue and continue their educations.

Check out these stories from Unbound about girls and women building a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

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Oct 5 2015

Reaching for the educational finish line

Josphat, a sponsored youth and scholar in Kenya.

Josphat, a sponsored youth and scholar in Kenya.

By Regina Mburu, Unbound communications liaison for Africa

When Josphat was a young boy, he would go to bed hungry. He would often dream about becoming a teacher when he grew up, but since his mother didn’t even have enough money for food, paying school fees was out of the question.

But somewhere in the back of his mind, Josphat never gave up on his dreams.

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