Category Archives: Tanzania

Haji proudly holds a soccer trophy he won.
Jan 20 2016

Talent, hard work benefit young footballer


Imagine the combined enthusiasm of Americans for the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball if it was focused on a single sport. That comes close to describing the passion people in many countries have for soccer.

Haji is a 15-year-old Tanzanian boy who has been sponsored for four years. Like many youth, he’s passionate about the sport most of the world calls football. What makes his story exceptional is that he has the skill to go along with the passion.

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Madelen, a former sponsored friend from Colombia.
Jan 15 2016

Faces of empowerment — photo essay

Madelen, a former sponsored friend from Colombia.
Joy in culture

Madelen, a formerly sponsored child, participates in a traditional dance with the Unbound community in Quibdo, Colombia.

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Dec 2 2015

Painting a successful future

Shija walked up and stood beside the sign he painted. It read, “UNBOUND,” and colorful figures formed the logo beside the name.

Shija, a sponsored youth, painted the sign at the request of the local office in Tanzania. The staff knew he would be a good candidate for the job because he’s an artist who’s going to school for fine arts and graphic design.
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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.

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Sep 9 2015

The warmth of Unbound in Tanzania

Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa, with twins Jackson and Jackline at their home in Tanzania.

Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa, with twins Jackson and Jackline at their home in Tanzania.

Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa, recently traveled to Tanzania to gather stories about the families we serve there. Regina is from Kenya, and she enjoyed the chance to experience the unique culture of our Tanzanian families.


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Sponsored children and their classmates in Uganda.
Jun 15 2015

The Day of the African Child

Sponsored children and their classmates in Uganda.

Sponsored children and their classmates in Uganda.

On June 16, 1976, more than 100 students in Soweto, South Africa, were shot and killed and thousands were injured after a protest for equal and quality education for all children.

Tomorrow, June 16, is the Day of the African Child. This day has been celebrated every year since 1991 in memory of those who participated in the Soweto protest and to raise awareness for the continued improvement of Africa’s educational systems.

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Dan talks with Unbound friends and their families.
May 22 2015

A gift for Africa Day

Dan gives a fist bump to a young girl outside the Unbound office.

Dan gives a fist bump to a young girl outside the Unbound office near Kibera slum in Kenya.


By Dan Pearson, Director of International Programs

What’s the best gift for a continent? May 25 is Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity. But don’t worry if you haven’t gotten Africa a gift yet. The day hasn’t really caught on in the U.S. like other celebrations of international origin such as St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo, but that may change.

The mental maps of many Americans are pretty blank when it comes to Africa, and the topics we associate with the continent are mostly negative: slavery, poverty, starvation, dictators and war. It’s true that Africa’s history is deeply marked by suffering, mostly at the hands of outsiders but also self-inflicted. Modern Africa is changing rapidly, and it is time we all took note.


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Mariam harvests vegetables from her garden. The vegetables are her only source of income.
Mar 18 2015

Urban farming in Dar es Salaam

Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest city, with more than 4 million people calling it home. As the country’s main urban center, Dar es Salaam might not seem like the most obvious choice to make a living as a farmer. But for a handful of families in the Unbound program, that’s exactly what they’re doing.

Though much of the city is crowded and land is limited, some have etched out space along river banks and in the swampy areas of the city to plant vegetables.

Mariam, whose daughter Sauma is sponsored through Unbound, is one such enterprising individual. Her husband’s income isn’t steady, and with three children to raise, it can be difficult.

So Mariam started a vegetable garden.

With Dar es Salaam’s climate, she’s able to grow produce all year round. The vegetables she plants typically take 3-6 weeks to mature, giving her a steady source of income.

Parents like Mariam are finding ways to use their environments in innovative ways to support their families and take steps toward lifting themselves out of poverty. Donations to Microfunding help support these goals and give a good idea the extra financial boost it may need to get started.