Category Archives: Guatemala

Unbound scholar Sergio uses a textbook to teach mothers to read and write.
Dec 14 2015

Youth open a new world for women eager to learn

Unbound scholar Sergio uses a textbook to teach mothers to read and write.

Unbound scholar Sergio uses a textbook to teach mothers to read and write.


There is a proverb that says when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. For a group of women in a village in Guatemala, that has proven to be true in a surprising way.
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Nov 30 2015

Fighting for a dream


When Ralldy was a little boy, he would ride around the streets of Guatemala on his bicycle selling tortillas. He is the youngest of five children, and when he was 1 his father abandoned the family. His mother put him through school by making and selling tortillas.

“She sells four tortillas for 13 cents,” Ralldy said. “This is how she raised me and put me in high school.”
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Nov 26 2015

6 stories of thanks from the Unbound world

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, we thought it would be good to have an encore presentation of some of the stories we featured on the Unbound blog in 2015.

Each of these stories reflects gratitude, expressed in many ways and for a variety of gifts. They represent just a few of the hundreds of stories we have presented over the years about people for whom thankfulness is not just an occasional sentiment but a virtue that marks every day of their lives.


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Nov 6 2015

‘Music is everything’

Carlos practices his cello in the courtyard outside his home.

Carlos practices his cello in the courtyard outside his home.

Walking down Guatemalan streets lined by cinderblock homes with iron sheet roofs, you might not expect to hear the warm, deep tones of a cello playing Bach or the sometimes accompanying lilt of a violin. But, most evenings, if you visit Carlos’ neighborhood, that’s exactly what you’ll hear.


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Sep 28 2015

Do you recognize these big-hearted bloggers?

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We’re excited to embark on our second annual blogger trip next week, and we hope you’ll follow along.

Five extraordinary bloggers and social media specialists will travel with Unbound to Guatemala where they’ll meet children, families and elders in the Unbound program. The bloggers will post stories and photos about their experiences on their blogs and social networks.

Want to help spread the word? You can follow the journey and share their stories on your own social media channels. Maybe you know someone who will be moved to sponsor a child!

Meet the team of bloggers traveling with us to Guatemala.

Want to learn more about our blogger trips? Read blog posts and meet the bloggers from our blogger trip to El Salvador in 2014.

Our third blogger trip will be in Merida, Mexico, in February 2016. Where should we travel for our fourth blogger trip? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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Sep 21 2015

Electing a group leader in Guatemala

A mothers group in Guatemala electing their new president or "guide."

A mothers group in Guatemala elects its new president or “guide.”

Unbound believes in the wisdom of mothers. Our mothers group model operates from the basic belief that mothers are capable, resourceful people and helps mothers gain self-confidence.

We met with a mothers group in Guatemala who shared the process of electing a president for the group and how this process helps empower each woman.
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Aug 28 2015

Providing for themselves gives moms confidence

From left: Gregoria, Amparo, Magda and Teresa are mothers working together to make shampoo and detergent.

From left: Gregoria, Amparo, Magda and Teresa are mothers working together to make shampoo and detergent.

It all started with a workshop at Unbound.

That’s what Teresa, a mother from Guatemala said about the shampoo and detergent business she created with three other mothers from her community. It also got started thanks to the determination of these mothers to provide for their families.
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Aug 3 2015

Living a beautiful life

Jose, a sponsored child in Guatemala.

Jose, a sponsored child in Guatemala.

Rosa gave birth to Jose at her home in Guatemala. When he was just 2 weeks old, she realized something was wrong.

“His skin seemed fragile and it did not look normal,” she said. “It looked like nylon skin. … We decided to take him to see a doctor. They said he was born with this dry skin illness named ichthyosis.”


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Jorge sitting in his favorite spot.
Jun 1 2015

‘Thank you for what you are about to be in my life’

Jorge in his favorite spot.

Jorge sitting in his favorite spot.

Jorge’s favorite spot is the hammock on his front porch.

“I spend the afternoon right here,” he said. “I read the Bible — I stay here until about 8 at night. We eat something, and we go to bed.”

Jorge is 68 years old and lives in Guatemala. Those relaxing afternoons in the hammock are much needed after his long mornings selling clothes in the marketplace.

Jorge and his wife, Reyna, wake up at 5 a.m. every day and try to sell clothes to provide for their daily needs. They may earn $4 or $5 on a good day, but many times they can’t sell anything, leaving them with no money for food or transportation home from the market.


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May 29 2015

‘Blame it on the poor’

Luis Cocón, communications liaison, shares a laugh with sponsored children.

Luis Cocón, communications liaison, shares a laugh with sponsored children.

By Luis Cocón, Unbound’s communications liaison in Guatemala

“They should have never been born.”

“It’s the mothers’ fault that our country is the way it is — so underdeveloped.”

“She doesn’t understand that giving birth to one child after another only multiplies poverty. Now there is yet another digit in malnourished children statistics.”

Typical comments from some of the very powerful in my country.

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