Jorge sitting in his favorite spot.
Adilia, a sponsored youth in El Salvador.
Yuda, now 27, holds two economics textbooks he authored.
Manish and his mother, Shakuntla.
Unbound’s Outreach Volunteer team, from left: Claudia Vázquez-Puebla, Lydia Leffelman, Clair Paul, Laurel Harrold and Maureen Ortiz.
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.
Taking a break from baking, Johana shares a happy moment with her daughter, Juniesky, who is sponsored through Unbound.
Being released from the anxieties of poverty liberates people in more ways than one. It allows them to be more generous with those around them and gives them permission to dream big dreams.
That is how it was for Johana when her daughter, Juniesky, became sponsored through Unbound.
Susana, 14, from Nicaragua and her mother, Maria.
It’s 3 a.m. in northwestern Nicaragua, with sunrise still more than two hours away, and sisters Susana and Jazmin are already waking up. Together they grind corn they prepared the night before into flour. Their mother, Maria, starts a fire in their wood-burning stove. Then, while Jazmin showers and prepares for school, Susana helps Maria make tortillas.
Beneranda stands in the doorway of her new home.
Beneranda’s new home is nestled in the lush green landscape of Nicaragua.
If home is where the heart is, Beneranda’s home has always been the small patch of Nicaraguan farmland she inherited from her father. But for most of her adult life, it was a home without a house.
Sponsored child Everth and his mother, Carmen, participated in a neighborhood clean-up day organized by Unbound staff in Nicaragua. Along with other families they collected materials from the streets for recycling or proper disposal.
The city of Estelí, Nicaragua, is a troubled one. Many families served by Unbound live in one of its neighborhoods that is unsafe and run-down.
The neighborhood is underdeveloped. Its dirt roads run with raw sewage. A majority of the sponsored children attend a school on the main road in the neighborhood, an area that has a lot of garbage strewn about.
But the community is trying to make small steps forward, and Unbound is helping residents work toward creating a safer and cleaner neighborhood.
Elizabeth makes pastries outside her home in Nicaragua.
On a good day, Elizabeth earns $3.78 selling pastries she makes in the home she shares with 12 other family members.
That’s a good day. Sometimes, she makes less.
Sponsored elders in Guatemala.
Elderly people need sponsors, too! We have several elders on our waiting lists who would love to have someone to write to and share their joys. Check out the list below for some of those who need a sponsor.
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 Paul Pearce, director of global strategy for Unbound
Visiting sponsored members’ homes is one of the highlights of an Unbound Awareness Trip. On a recent trip to Nicaragua, sponsors were treated to a special musical performance at one home.