Category Archives: Guatemala

Holy week in Guatemala
Apr 18 2014

Celebrating Holy Week in Guatemala

This week, people around the world have been celebrating Holy Week in a variety of ways. The celebrations in Guatemala are particularly colorful and fragrant.

During Holy Week, families in Guatemala make carpets out of natural materials like sawdust, pine needles and flowers to line the streets for Holy Week processions.

Read more about the tradition here.

Do you have any special Easter traditions? Leave a comment below to share!

Child literacy
Apr 14 2014

Guatemalan teen dreams of making school library favorite place for kids

Claudia is a sponsored youth and scholar from Guatemala. She volunteers at a local school library for her scholarship service hours.

Claudia is a sponsored youth and scholar from Guatemala. She volunteers at a local school library for her scholarship service hours.

National Library Week in the U.S. is April 13-19. People across the country are celebrating by visiting libraries, participating in events and sharing how libraries have changed their lives.
To join in the celebration, we would like to share the story of Claudia, a sponsored teen from Guatemala. Claudia volunteers at a local school library and works with the children there to help them become more engaged in reading.

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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Mar 22 2014

Cleaning up Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan


By Veronica Batton, writer/editor for Unbound

Happy World Water Day! We celebrate this day each year on March 22, as a way to highlight the importance of freshwater and maintaining freshwater resources. The theme for World Water Day 2014 is on “Water and Energy.”

When you consider that 60 percent of the adult human body is made of it, and about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by it, water becomes a pretty important resource for us to care for in the right way. Read more

Unbound Awareness Trips
Mar 17 2014

Changing lives through sponsorship: A sponsor’s Awareness Trip reflection

Unbound awareness trips

From left: Julio, Flavia, Gabriella, Silvia, Bill and Elvia.

Bill Sheridan has been a sponsor for 18 years. He has enjoyed his many years as a sponsor and shared with us this reflection from his most recent Awareness Trip to Guatemala. Read more

Indian mother
Feb 28 2014

5 ways sponsored friends stay warm in winter

 Icicles form on leaves on a cold day in Mexico.

Icicles form on leaves on a cold day in Mexico.

When you sponsor a child or elder through Unbound, you’re contributing to their warmth, safety and comfort during the winter. Here are 5 creative ways that sponsored friends and their families use to keep out the cold.

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Sponsored children in El Salvador
Feb 19 2014

Celebrating ‘Love Your Pet Day’

sponsored child in Mexico

Geraldine, an Unbound sponsored child in Mexico, smiles with her dog, Chamaco, which means “little kid.” Is it just us, or are they sharing an inside joke?

National Love Your Pet Day is Thursday, Feb. 20! Check out photos from around the world of sponsored friends with their pets.

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Mount Kilamanjaro
Feb 17 2014

Unbound sponsor takes on Mount Kilimanjaro for charity

Sponsor Diane Palmer's reaches the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro on January 22, 2011.

Sponsor Diane Palmer’s reaches the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro on January 22, 2011.

What do climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and sponsoring through Unbound have in common? Read more to find out!

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Traditional Guatemalan belts
Feb 12 2014

How traditional Guatemalan belts are made

The traditional clothing of the Guatemalans is rich in color and culture. Learn how four sponsored youth and Unbound scholars weave a traditional ladies belt, and discover the twist when you read who receives it.


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Special olympian
Jan 31 2014

Going for gold


We know everyone is excited for the winter Olympics to start in just a few weeks, so we wanted to share the story of one of our own athletes.

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Nadine Pearce Center in Guatemala
Jan 24 2014

Center named for co-founder is home away from home in Guatemala

Sponsored youth Douglas and his mother, Olga, are pictured outside the new Nadine Pearce Center in Guatemala.

Sponsored youth Douglas and his mother, Olga, are pictured outside the new Nadine Pearce Center in Guatemala.

By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor at Unbound

A spirit of welcome fills the new Nadine Pearce Center, where families in eastern Guatemala gather as part of their local Unbound community.

Nadine was one of the co-founders of Unbound known for her warmth and hospitality. So it’s fitting that the center named in her honor is a home base for families and staff members from Unbound.

“It’s our center,” said Olga, whose son Douglas is sponsored through Unbound. “It’s like having a new home.”

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