Recently our resident musician and new channels coordinator, Barclay Martin, traveled to Madagascar. While there he collaborated with members of the Unbound community to record songs that are unique to the Malagasy people. Through instrument and song, the Voices of Unbound: Madagascar CD tells a story that leaves the listener with a sense of the gifts, capacities and cultures of the people with whom we work.
Watch this video to learn more:
Want a copy of the CD? Check out unbound.org/music for more information.
“I believe in you.”
A powerful statement not often spoken. It offers up a pure form of confidence in the people who need it most.
In this blog post, we will show you how to write this powerful statement in 18 languages. You can even send one of these translations in a note to your sponsored friend.
Luganda is a major language spoken in Uganda. In Luganda, “I believe in you” translates to “Nkukiririzaamu.”
Keep reading for more languages
Unbound staff from program offices around Africa came together to share ideas and challenges at this year’s Pan African Conference in Uganda.
By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa
Each Unbound program office has their own unique way of doing things, tailored to meet the needs of the sponsored friends in their area. But learning from other offices is invaluable to keeping the program evolving.
Every few years, our program offices in Africa hold a Pan African Conference where they can share ideas and challenges. This year the conference was hosted by our Uganda office. Regina Mburu, our communications liaison in Africa, shares her experiences during the conference.
Read Regina’s reflection
Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”
Pousse pousse toys made by parents of sponsored children Raharimalala and her husband, Ramanjanahary, in Madagascar.
A rural village, west of Antsirabe, Madagascar.
Today we take a closer look at Madagascar, one of the countries in Africa where we work.
Raharimalala, mother of a CFCA sponsored child in Madagascar.
Welcome to Raharimalala’s and Ramanjanahary’s world of toys! Raharimalala’s and Ramanjanahary’s son, Michael, is sponsored through the Hope for a Family program in Madagascar. The couple makes toy pousse pousse carts and sells them to tourists.
Read their story
Marcelline, mother of a CFCA sponsored child in Madagascar, repairs a tire.
Meet Marcelline, a 36-year-old mother of four children in Madagascar. She found a creative way to help her family and break gender barriers, by repairing bicycles! One of her children,12-year-old Elie Jean, is sponsored through CFCA.
Life is very difficult. My husband walked out on us, leaving me with the responsibility of caring for our four children. Luckily, one of my children was sponsored through CFCA.
I tried my best to put my other children in school, but unfortunately one dropped out because I could not keep up with the school fees.
I hardly make enough money to support my children. I thank God because CFCA stepped in and assisted me with the educational expenses for my son. Read more
By Jordan Kimbrell, CFCA Sponsor Services
A rural village, west of Antsirabe, Madagascar, is home to a small farming community.
Farming is one of the main sources of income in the Antsirabe region, and the members of this community rely on it.
In 2011, Dolores Reed from Paducah, Ky., who sponsors Olivier in this region of Madagascar, learned from an article that many people in the country don’t have easy access to clean water for drinking, cooking or watering the crops in seasons when rainfall is scarce.
She learned through CFCA that Olivier’s village lacked ready access to clean water. The community where he lives relied on streams, which also served as drinking water for the livestock.
“They didn’t have [good access to] water,” Dolores said. “We take water for granted.” Read more
Regina Mburu, our communications liaison for Africa, recently returned from a trip to Madagascar to cover the stories of sponsored friends and their families. Regina is from Kenya.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit our CFCA project in Madagascar. I was all packed up and excited at the thought of visiting this beautiful island country.
After a smooth flight, we landed in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar. CFCA staff members were already at the airport waiting for me, and in this land miles away from my motherland, I felt at home.
Our drive to Antsirabe, which is three hours from the capital city, was a bit scary. The road was very curvy with many turns and bends. However, the beautiful landscape and tracks of rice paddies made my fear fade away. Read more