Category Archives: Guatemala

Guatemalan fashion
Sep 8 2014

Fashion Week: Guatemala

Guatemalan fashion

Josefa and her parents are proud of their cultural heritage.

By Jordan Kimbrell, writer/editor for Unbound

Unbound works with families from many different cultures and traditions. Inspired by New York Fashion Week, we want to explore the different fashions that are found within those cultures. Today we’re sharing an interview with Josefa and her parents from the Santiago Atitlan area in Guatemala.

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Luis Cocon, Unbound communications liaison for Guatemala
Sep 1 2014

Now is the time to help our planet

By Luis Cocon, communications liaison for Unbound in Guatemala

The other day while waiting for the bus I saw a little girl about the age of 6 crying. Her cry sounded desperate. Her cry troubled some people. Others just ignored it.

“She is thirsty,” her mother said, as a young woman on an old bicycle stopped and gave the little girl some soda. After a couple of sips a smile appeared on the girl’s face.

Her cry for water reminded me that it is essential for life. I thought of places where people die of hunger and thirst. Not in some faraway country, but right here in my own country of Guatemala.

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Unbound staff members
Aug 11 2014

A day in the life of a program evaluator

Unbound staff members

By Becky Spachek, evaluation specialist for Unbound

Becky Spachek is an evaluation specialist for Unbound in Kansas City. She recently traveled to Guatemala to visit sponsored friends and their families in their homes to learn about their experiences with sponsorship to better understand how their economic reality is impacted by the program. Becky describes a day on her trip in this blog post.

Read more about her experience meeting a family in Guatemala

How to say happy birthday in Kakchiquel
Aug 6 2014

How to say happy birthday in Kakchiquel

In Guatemala, there are many ways to say happy birthday. With Spanish as the official language of the country, feliz cumpleaños is one option. But with more than 20 indigenous Mayan languages, there are many to choose from.

Kakchiquel is one of the Mayan dialects in Guatemala, and some of our sponsored friends who speak it wanted to share with you how they say happy birthday.

Help make Unbound birthdays special by donating to the Birthday Fund.

Sponsor a child
Jul 25 2014

Color me Unbound

Antioquia, Colombia

Unbound works in a bunch of beautiful places, and Antioquia, Colombia is certainly one of them.

The Unbound family is just as bright and colorful as our logo. We’ve put together a bunch of photos to show you just how colorful our communities around the world can be.

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Sponsor and sponsored family
Jul 9 2014

Minnesota sponsor learns about true happiness

Sponsor and sponsored child

David Ziegler and his sponsored friend, Mimi, give a thumbs up to David’s 2006 visit to Guatemala.

“After meeting Mimi and her family my life was different. I learned it doesn’t take much to be happy. Edgar’s family had next to nothing but had the biggest smiles.” —David Ziegler, Minnesota

At 17, David Ziegler had the opportunity to travel with a church group to build a school in Guatemala. He wasn’t expecting to build a friendship that is still growing eight years later.

Read more about David’s journey.

Unbound awareness trip
Jul 4 2014

Sponsorship in 3-D: A sponsor’s reflection

Unbound awareness trip

Pictured front row, from left are sponsored youth Lusbin, Mary Kim Tadda and sponsored youth Dulce. Back row: Lusbin’s parents, Jacinto and Concepcion, Connie and Bernie Tadda and Dulce’s mother, Natividad.

Bernie and Connie Tadda have been Unbound sponsors for 16 years. They and their daughter, Mary Kim, recently participated in an Unbound Awareness Trip to Guatemala and shared their experience with us.

Meeting our two sponsored friends was like taking a two-dimensional relationship and turning it into 3-D. The love and graciousness we experienced were overwhelming.

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Sponsor a child
Jun 20 2014

Summer fun

Tomorrow, June 21, marks the official first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Summer is a time for many people to spend outdoors and soak up the sun. To celebrate the season, here’s a photo gallery of sponsored children around the world showing you what they love to do in warmer weather.

Graduating students
May 31 2014

Celebrating success

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.

Help students like these achieve their dreams. Sponsor today!

Rockhurst University students visit Guatemala
May 23 2014

Rockhurst University students find sisterhood in Guatemala

Sponsored friend Adriana laughs with Rockhurst University students Alex and Alli.

Sponsored friend Adriana laughs with Rockhurst University students Alex and Alli.

By Rebecca Keeven, Rockhurst University student and Alpha Sigma Alpha member

In March, I traveled with a group of fellow Rockhurst University students to San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, for a weeklong service-immersion trip. While preparing for this trip, I did the usual: packed, attended pre-trip meetings and made sure I was caught up on shots and vaccines.

During this time, I also filled out paperwork for an individual sponsor visit through Unbound. Four other women and I were going to have the opportunity to visit the child our sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, sponsors. We filled out our paperwork, communicated with Unbound, and set up a date and time to meet our sponsored child, Adriana.

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