From left: Caroline, Jane, David and Caleb.
Happy Father’s Day from Unbound! To help celebrate all the awesome dads out there, we want to share the story of David from Kenya. He has enough fatherly love in his heart that, in addition to raising his own children, he also took in his nieces and nephew when their parents died.
Read more about David and his family here.
Sponsored elders in Guatemala.
Elderly people need sponsors, too! We have several elders on our waiting lists who would love to have someone to write to and share their joys. Check out the list below for some of those who need a sponsor.
Celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, May 11, with a photo of your mom on Twitter and Instagram!
Every Monday on Instagram, we celebrate mothers of sponsored children and their efforts to create a better life for their families. Our #MotherMonday hashtag game shows the faces of mothers around the world, and we want you to add to our collage.
Post a photo of your mom or a photo of you with your mom, tag @Unboundorg and use the hashtag #MotherMonday.
Esther and baby Alex from Kenya. Esther’s older son Samuel is sponsored through Unbound.
Ann and her daughter Sophia, an Unbound sponsored youth, are part of the Maasai tribe in Kenya. The Masssai are known for their beautiful artisan beadwork.
Here we have Graciela and her two daughters, Gloria, left, and Viviana. Both girls are sponsored through Unbound in Colombia.
Maria Luisa, center, and her adorable children outside their home in Bolivia. Looks like she’s got her hands full!
From left: Cecilia helps her daughters Karol and Karen with their homework. The girls are part of the Unbound sponsorship program in Colombia.
Berta holds her daughter, Idalia, in one arm and “ensarta” in the other. Ensarta is the thread of fishes. The main way to create income in Berta’s area of El Salvador is through fishing and other activities from the lake.
This is Estela and two of her 10 children, Edwin and baby Carlos, in Guatemala. So cute! “I am proud of my children because they are good children and they are good students,” Estela said.
This is Meena with her daughter Kushi. Meena is part of an Unbound mothers group in India. She purchased the sewing machine with a microloan provided by the group.
Here we have Olga and Marvin and their little boy, Anderson, in El Salvador. While Marvin works as a bricklayer, Olga stays at home with Anderson and also breeds and sells chickens to add to the family’s income. What a hard-working family!
Elizabeth (second from right) is part of an Unbound mothers group in Kenya. She took out a loan from her group and now runs a successful poultry business with her husband and two sons. Way to go, Elizabeth!
From left: This is Maria and her two daughters, Emili and Lizbeth, who live in El Salvador. Maria stays home with the girls while her husband works hard in the fields to provide an income for the family.
Meet Wendy and her son Carlos, who live in El Salvador. Wendy is a hard-working, single mom who takes care of Carlos and her younger son, Byron, who has cerebral palsy and needs special care. Along with taking care of her boys, Wendy makes and sells traditional Salvadoran treats to earn extra income for the family.
Meet Anita and her son, Abhishek, who is sponsored through Unbound. This family lives in India where Anita is a housewife and takes care of her three young children.
Meet Maria Auxiliadora and her two daughter’s Maria Isabel and Kathiela Vanessa! This family lives in Nicaragua where Maria is a housewife and she is also in the “Blessings from God” mothers group where they prepare and sell nakatamales. Her husband, Juan, is a hard-working truck loader. They are a humble family.
Andele, a 14-year-old sponsored member from Tanzania, receives a mosquito net for his birthday.
Pendo and Ashuni, sponsored children from Tanzania, sleep under a mosquito net to help prevent malaria.
Today is World Malaria Day, and Unbound gives thanks to all those who make an effort to combat this potentially deadly, but preventable disease. Through sponsorship, Unbound is creating change to prevent and treat malaria. Click here to read more about the fight against malaria.
Want to help? Sponsor someone today and help give them access to resources to prevent malaria.
By Erin Stillion, financial auditor for Unbound
Erin Stillion, financial auditor for Unbound in Kansas, recently traveled to Kenya to perform a financial audit for Unbound’s Nairobi project. While he was there he met an amazing young man that made a huge impact on his life. This is Erin’s story.
The sun was already beating down on a sea of rusted tin roofs. Our team was wrapping up a financial audit in Unbound’s Nairobi project, spending several days poring over documents, reading policy manuals, interviewing staff, assessing procedures and visiting families. I was exhausted, but brimming with anticipation.
By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa
True friendship goes beyond the miles between people — beyond their culture, their religion and the color of their skin.
“I have been in Kenya thrice,” said Toni Guidice, who is from New York and sponsors three children through Unbound. “Seeing my sponsored children brings warmth to my heart. Each time I see them my heart melts.
“I feel nothing but love when I look into their eyes.”
Late co-founder Bob Hentzen and Stephanie became friends on a 2012 Kenya Awareness Trip.
Late Kenyan scholar Stephanie is remembered for her broad smile and inspiring others.
By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa
“My dream is to make it in life. I dream of being a woman representative in my community. I want to fight for the rights of all women. I want to write books and inspire people by telling my story.”
This is what Stephanie said to me.
Elizabeth (left) and Monica (right) model their school uniforms with their mother Rosalia outside their home in Kibera.
Getting up early for school has been the bane of many mornings. The task seems especially annoying within the throes of teen-dom, with each additional minute clinging to the pillow a victory in the name of sleep.
The Kibera slum in Kenya
Tortillas from Guatemala … mmm!
Crayons can melt during shipping. A great alternative is colored pencils.
A stack of letters waiting to be sorted at the CFCA office in Guatemala.
You clicked, we tallied.
To say goodbye to 2013, we’ve brought you the top five CFCA posts published this year. Read more
Elizabeth stands outside her home, decorated for Christmas, near Medellin, Colombia.
A Christmas celebration in India
A Christmas celebration in Kenya
A Christmas celebration in El Salvador
Merry Christmas from everyone at CFCA! Our office may be closed, but we’re sending you lots of Christmas cheer. As you spend time with your families, we hope you enjoy this Christmas video from El Salvador.