By Kristin Littrell, freelance writer
Ana Teresa and her family in El Salvador.
As I reflect over the last few days traveling in El Salvador for the Unbound blogger trip, one thing continuously comes to mind: the strength of mothers.
Victoria Brown with Diego, Johana, Sonia and Brian outside their home.
It’s 11 p.m., and I’m sitting alone in the Unbound communications office in Santa Ana, El Salvador, typing away as bugs crawl and fly around me. I procrastinated on this post all evening because I couldn’t stop thinking about my visit with Sonia.
Kristin meets Josselyn, her sponsored friend through Unbound in El Salvador.
One of the writers on the Unbound blogger trip meets her sponsored child and finds inspiration.
The bloggers prepare for their first day of travel and adventure in El Salvador.
This trip is no ordinary blogger trip. Just like the Unbound program provides personalized benefits for each sponsored friend’s specific needs, each writer has a personalized itinerary for the week.
Graduation season is here, and we couldn’t be more proud of all of those who are achieving their dreams of education. Whether it’s finishing high school or completing a higher education, all of these grads have a lot to celebrate.
Valedictorian Rizalyn stands with her mom after giving a commencement speech in the Philippines.
Rubilyn stands with her son Jeff after he received his bachelor of science in information technology in the Philippines.
Ugandan graduates share their success stories.
Jyoti from India completed her master’s degree.
Salvadoran scholar Maria graduated with a teaching degree.
After graduation, Ugandan scholar Veronica got a job as a teacher.
Jeff and his classmates are excited to have earned their degrees.
Mary Grace and her proud parents at home in the Philippines.
Guatemalan scholar Rudy with his diploma.
Indian scholar Annie earned a degree in biotechnology.
These Filipino scholars celebrate after graduation.
Graduates in Uganda enjoy a celebratory picnic put on by Unbound.
Jozel from the Philippines stops for a photo after receiving her diploma.
Feresian is a graduate in Uganda who is now working as an Unbound social worker.
Sisters Diana and Annie from the Philippines completed teachers college together.
Rene graduated from junior high in El Salvador.
Help students like these achieve their dreams. Sponsor today!
Beginning June 1, a team of bloggers and journalists will travel with Unbound to El Salvador and share their experiences with you.
Kristin Littrell, freelance writer and former Unbound staffer, is looking forward to co-leading Unbound’s first blogger trip and will write about her experiences for our blog.
Follow us on our first blogger trip to El Salvador!
Beginning June 1, four bloggers and two journalists will be visiting our project in El Salvador to share stories, photos and videos from the field.
You’ll see content from our travelers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, as well as featured stories on their blogs and ours.
Click here to find more about each blogger!
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.
By Henry Flores, director of the Unbound Communications Center in El Salvador
A friend sent me a message on Facebook, which read, “Congratulations for what you do for those most in need.”
This made me ask myself, “What do I do for the poor and what is it that they do for me?”
Spring break brings up images of white, sandy beaches and lazy afternoons. But for a group of Benedictine College students, spring break meant long hours, sweltering heat and one week to build three homes and a latrine.