Category Archives: El Salvador

A water barrel belonging to a sponsored family in El Salvador.
May 30 2016

The high cost of being poor

A water barrel belonging to a sponsored family in El Salvador.

A water barrel belonging to a sponsored family in El Salvador.

By Henry Flores, director of the communications center in El Salvador

The more I learn about people living in poverty, the more I discover how expensive it is to be poor and how their fragile personal economy forces them to face high costs of living and social prejudice.

We all know that the less you earn the more expensive getting credit becomes. You have to pay more in interest for being a “risk” to the creditor, as earning less makes you a higher risk to default on your loan.

Something similar happens to poor people. Most of them don’t have a steady income, so they aren’t eligible for credit, and since they live off daily earnings, they can only make small payments daily. How do you conduct business in such a fragile economy? How do you make products and services available for people in such economic conditions?

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Ana Alicia, 68, is a sponsored elder in El Salvador.
May 16 2016

A gift from God, a heart for service

Ana Alicia, 68, is a sponsored elder in El Salvador.

Ana Alicia, 68, is a sponsored elder in El Salvador.

If you were to ask Ana Alicia what drives her, at age 68, to stay as active as she is, she would probably tell you it’s the desire to help others.

“My secret for a long life,” she said, “is to pray, to get on my knees and pray to God to grant me life and health to help people.”

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Henry Flores, communications center director for Unbound in El Salvador, takes a moment to play with Dulce, who's sponsored through Unbound in Guatemala. Henry was in Guatemala to help shoot a series of commercials featuring Dulce and her family.
May 4 2016

Being the eyes and ears of Unbound in Latin America

Henry Flores, communications center director for Unbound in El Salvador, takes a moment to play with Dulce, who's sponsored through Unbound in Guatemala. Henry was in Guatemala to help shoot a series of commercials featuring Dulce and her family.

Henry Flores, communications center director for Unbound in El Salvador, takes a moment to play with Dulce, who’s sponsored through Unbound in Guatemala. Henry was in Guatemala to help shoot a series of commercials featuring Dulce and her family.

By Henry Flores, director of the communications center in El Salvador

Communications in our day can be challenging. Everything is fast. Many prefer short videos, fast-scrolling in their social media. They get bored with stories with a lot of words.

These same people, however, still appreciate true, honest, life-changing stories from real people, videos that capture the dignity of the person and natural photos depicting the true beauty of the humans of our world.

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Brothers Ever (left) and Marvin with their mother, Mercedes.
Apr 20 2016

‘Invention comes from a need’

Brothers Ever (left) and Marvin with their mother, Mercedes.

Brothers Ever (left) and Marvin with their mother, Mercedes.

Creativity can help you accomplish your dreams, but the ambition to follow your dreams can take you even further. For Salvadoran brothers Ever and Marvin, the drive to chase their dreams runs in the family.

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Gaby spends part of her volunteer time with Unbound in the correspondence department in El Salvador.
Apr 15 2016

Unbound scholar overcoming the odds

Gaby spends part of her volunteer time with Unbound in the correspondence department in El Salvador.

Gaby spends part of her volunteer time with Unbound in the correspondence department in El Salvador.

Many obstacles keep children living in poverty from reaching their full potential.

Gaby was raised by a single mother in a rural region of El Salvador, so the odds were already against her.

Gaby’s father passed away, leaving her mother, Dina, as the sole provider for Gaby and her four siblings. Dina’s income as a baker fluctuates, as her wages depend on how many orders she gets and how much bread she sells daily.

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Madelline, 7, and her family in El Salvador share a love for music.
Apr 11 2016

Swept away with song

Madelline, 7, and her family in El Salvador share a love for music.

Madelline, 7, and her family in El Salvador share a love for music.

Love was in the air 14 years ago in El Salvador when John swept Arely off her feet with his soulful serenades.

And the singing hasn’t stopped since.

“When we were dating, he used to sing for me every night under a tree that was next to my house,” Arely said. “When our first child was born, he played the guitar as a lullaby.”

John’s love for music has been passed down to his three children: Franklin, 13, Madelline, 7, who is sponsored through Unbound, and Cristian, 4.

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Jaishikha (left) lives in northern India with her mom, Reena; dad, Sunil (not pictured); and little brother, Kabir.
Apr 6 2016

Homes around the world: Photo essay

In Valparaiso, Chile, there might be a lot of stairs to climb to get home …
In Valparaiso, Chile, there might be a lot of stairs to climb to get home …
… But there's also a spectacular view.

… But there’s also a spectacular view.

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Unbound mother Maria shows off her sewing.
Apr 4 2016

Learning to sew unlocks mom’s determined spirit

Unbound mother Maria shows off her sewing.

Unbound mother Maria shows off her sewing.

Trying something for the first time can be difficult and intimidating. It was true for Maria when she first started learning how to sew.

Maria is a mother of four living in El Salvador. She joined the Unbound sponsorship program 11 years ago when her oldest daughter, Rosa, was sponsored by Alanna and Frances from Pennsylvania.

As a part of the program, Maria joined a mothers group with mothers in the area whose children are also sponsored through Unbound. The mothers had the opportunity to learn a new skill, and they decided to take sewing classes.

At first Maria was afraid, saying, “I used to cry because I thought if I couldn’t sew that I wouldn’t make it. It was hard to learn.”

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Maria Sabina and her son Ronny in their home in El Salvador.
Mar 16 2016

A home for her heart and work for her hands

Maria Sabina and her son Ronny in their home in El Salvador.

Maria Sabina and her son Ronny in their home in El Salvador.


The next time you are at a child’s birthday party and the kids are swinging wildly at a piñata, take a moment to think about Maria Sabina. That brightly colored donkey, fish or bird might just have been made by her own two hands.

The mother of a child in the Unbound sponsorship program, Maria Sabina lives with her husband and two sons in a village in north-central El Salvador. Her son Ronny, 10, has been sponsored by Jackie in Florida since 2012.

Maria Sabina belongs to the Unbound mothers group in her community. As in other locations throughout the Unbound world, her group provides a structure for the mothers of sponsored children to come together and offer each other moral and emotional support.

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Angela, a sponsored elder in El Salvador.
Jan 27 2016

The remarkable life of Angela

Angela, a sponsored elder in El Salvador.

Angela, a sponsored elder in El Salvador.


Angela, or Angelita, as she’s called by her family and friends, is a sponsored elder in El Salvador. She’ll celebrate her 71st birthday in March, but has gone through a lot to get to such a distinguished age.

“My childhood was very humble,” Angela said. “My father worked the land; he worked in everything that he could find. We were nine siblings, seven boys and two girls. … We all stayed in one room. A friend of my family lent us that room and it was made of adobe.

“We were living in extreme poverty. That’s why my siblings and I never went to school. Instead we had to work. I collected firewood, carried water to my house and washed clothes in a river.”

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