Category Archives: Central America

A water barrel belonging to a sponsored family in El Salvador.
May 30 2016

The high cost of being poor

A water barrel belonging to a sponsored family in El Salvador.

A water barrel belonging to a sponsored family in El Salvador.

By Henry Flores, director of the communications center in El Salvador

The more I learn about people living in poverty, the more I discover how expensive it is to be poor and how their fragile personal economy forces them to face high costs of living and social prejudice.

We all know that the less you earn the more expensive getting credit becomes. You have to pay more in interest for being a “risk” to the creditor, as earning less makes you a higher risk to default on your loan.

Something similar happens to poor people. Most of them don’t have a steady income, so they aren’t eligible for credit, and since they live off daily earnings, they can only make small payments daily. How do you conduct business in such a fragile economy? How do you make products and services available for people in such economic conditions?

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Luis Cocón, communications liaison for Unbound in Guatemala, laughs with sponsored children while taking a break from a photo shoot.
May 25 2016

Creating connections in Latin America

Luis Cocón, communications liaison for Unbound in Guatemala, laughs with sponsored children while taking a break from a photo shoot.

Luis Cocón, communications liaison for Unbound in Guatemala, laughs with sponsored children while taking a break from a photo shoot.

Around the world, Unbound communications liaisons and correspondents are hard at work collecting inspiring stories of sponsored children and elders to share through Unbound publications, blog posts, social media and other channels.

In Guatemala, communications liaison Luis Cocón works with 16 correspondents in three countries (Mexico, Guatemala and Bolivia). He utilizes Skype and webinars to hold training meetings with new correspondents.

Staff members learn how to identify stories, collect information and conduct interviews. He also teaches photography skills, from the technical aspects of camera function to composing an image.

But most importantly, Luis always starts his training with the “why” behind his work with Unbound. He believes the voiceless need to be heard and desires to create connections for those willing to listen.

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Sponsored child Cindy from Guatemala reads a letter from her sponsor.
May 20 2016

Guatemala mail stoppage delays sponsors’ letters

Sponsored child Cindy from Guatemala reads a letter from her sponsor.

Sponsored child Cindy from Guatemala reads a letter from her sponsor.


An interruption in Guatemala’s postal services has delayed the delivery of letters to children and elders sponsored through Unbound.

Mail services in Guatemala halted May 18 as the company that operates those services attempted to negotiate a new contract with the Guatemalan government, local news agencies reported.

Sponsors should expect delays in their letters reaching children and elders even after mail service resumes, since Unbound offices will have a backlog of letters to process.

The disruption in mail service will not affect the delivery of letters from sponsored children and elders in Guatemala to their sponsors, however, since Unbound uses a private delivery service for correspondence sent to the U.S.

We encourage sponsors, especially at this time, to communicate with their sponsored friends in Guatemala using our convenient eLetter option. Visit unbound.org/eletter to learn more.

Henry Flores, communications center director for Unbound in El Salvador, takes a moment to play with Dulce, who's sponsored through Unbound in Guatemala. Henry was in Guatemala to help shoot a series of commercials featuring Dulce and her family.
May 4 2016

Being the eyes and ears of Unbound in Latin America

Henry Flores, communications center director for Unbound in El Salvador, takes a moment to play with Dulce, who's sponsored through Unbound in Guatemala. Henry was in Guatemala to help shoot a series of commercials featuring Dulce and her family.

Henry Flores, communications center director for Unbound in El Salvador, takes a moment to play with Dulce, who’s sponsored through Unbound in Guatemala. Henry was in Guatemala to help shoot a series of commercials featuring Dulce and her family.

By Henry Flores, director of the communications center in El Salvador

Communications in our day can be challenging. Everything is fast. Many prefer short videos, fast-scrolling in their social media. They get bored with stories with a lot of words.

These same people, however, still appreciate true, honest, life-changing stories from real people, videos that capture the dignity of the person and natural photos depicting the true beauty of the humans of our world.

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Mayra and Mirna grind coffee beans to sell. They're part of the same mothers group livelihood initiative in Honduras.
Apr 27 2016

Without limitations

Mayra and Mirna grind coffee beans to sell. They're part of the same mothers group livelihood initiative in Honduras.

Mayra and Mirna grind coffee beans to sell. They’re part of the same mothers group livelihood initiative in Honduras.


While in the hospital recovering from surgery on her hand, 45-year-old Mirna decided she could do more with her inherent potential.
She took inspiration from her favorite book, “The Pursuit of Excellence” by Ted W. Engstrom. The book follows an eagle raised with the mentality that it couldn’t fly, until one day it sees other birds flying.

“I think I’m like that eagle,” Mirna said. “During so many years I thought I wasn’t able to do many things, until one day I decided to leave all that behind and decided to pursue my dreams and [support] my family.”

And that’s exactly what she did.

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Gaby spends part of her volunteer time with Unbound in the correspondence department in El Salvador.
Apr 15 2016

Unbound scholar overcoming the odds

Gaby spends part of her volunteer time with Unbound in the correspondence department in El Salvador.

Gaby spends part of her volunteer time with Unbound in the correspondence department in El Salvador.

Many obstacles keep children living in poverty from reaching their full potential.

Gaby was raised by a single mother in a rural region of El Salvador, so the odds were already against her.

Gaby’s father passed away, leaving her mother, Dina, as the sole provider for Gaby and her four siblings. Dina’s income as a baker fluctuates, as her wages depend on how many orders she gets and how much bread she sells daily.

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