Category Archives: Bolivia

Florencia and three of her children inside her vegetable garden.
Jun 29 2015

Urban gardening in Bolivia

From left: Florencia, her daughters Carina and Mikaela and her son Giancarlo, center.

From left: Florencia, her daughters Carina and Mikaela and her son Giancarlo, center.


Florencia used to beg her husband for enough change to purchase a small amount of vegetable so she could make soup for her children.

“Most of the time, I just prepared it with water and very few vegetables,” Florencia said.

Florencia is the mother of four children, two of whom are sponsored through Unbound in Bolivia. Florencia participates in the Unbound urban agriculture program in her area, which means begging for spare change is no longer part of Florencia’s routine.

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Maria Elena (right) embraces her daughter Maria Angelica.
May 13 2015

Donating the gift of life

Maria Elena (right) embraces her daughter Maria Angelica.

Maria Elena (right) embraces her daughter Maria Angelica.

Maria Angelica has grown up around nurses and hospitals.

Born almost three months early, she spent much of her first four years in the hospital before being diagnosed with kidney failure and a tumor in her liver. Though the doctors were able to remove the tumor, Maria Angelica’s health continued to worsen. She needed a new kidney, but the waiting list was long and knowledge about organ donation was almost nonexistent in Bolivia in the late 90s.

“It is too difficult to find a donor,” said Maria Elena, Maria Angelica’s mother. “When they went to sign up my daughter, she was number 600 on that list. It is very difficult; there is no awareness to donate organs here.”

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Salvadoran mother Maria with sons Diego (left) and Osacar (right), who is sponsored through Unbound.
May 8 2015

Happy Mother’s Day!

Salvadoran mother Maria with sons Diego (left) and Osacar (right), who is sponsored through Unbound.

Salvadoran mother Maria with sons Diego (left) and Osacar (right), who is sponsored through Unbound.

Happy Mother’s Day from Unbound! As you get ready to celebrate your mom on Sunday, take a moment to check out all these amazing moms from around the world. They are overcoming great odds to give their children better futures.

And don’t forget to share your Mother’s Day photos with us on Monday. Post a photo on Instagram of your mom or a photo of you with your mom, tag @Unboundorg and use the hashtag #MotherMonday.

Unbound Trailblazer
Feb 27 2015

$1 a mile goes a long way

When asked what people should know about her, Marybeth Stucker said, “I tend to talk obsessively about the things I am passionate about … entrepreneurship, running, Unbound … and really good food!”

Marybeth learned of Unbound in 2006 when a priest visited her hometown parish in Cincinnati to talk about the organization’s work with children and elders. The priest’s message resonated with Marybeth, prompting her into action.

“Even though I was only 16 at the time, I really wanted to help a young girl in need,” Marybeth said. “I used my earnings from my part-time job at a bakery to pay my monthly sponsorship.”

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Guatemalan children reading
Sep 5 2014

Fighting poverty with literacy

Guatemalan children reading

Sponsored children in Guatemala practice their reading skills.

International Literacy Day is Sept. 8. It was started by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) and first celebrated in 1966. The observance helps raise awareness that there are millions of people worldwide who lack basic reading and writing skills. Numerous studies have shown a direct link between illiteracy and poverty, especially as more jobs require reading skills.

What do you think your life would be like if you couldn’t read?

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Sponsor an elder
May 21 2014

Sponsor an elder through their golden years

Sponsor an elder

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.

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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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Sponsored elder in Bolivia
Oct 2 2013

Wisdom of the Ages: Mercedes, 75, from Bolivia

Mercedes, a sponsored aging friend, stands outside her home in La Paz, Bolivia.

Mercedes, a sponsored aging friend, stands outside her home in La Paz, Bolivia.

CFCA sponsored elderly share life experiences and offer wise advice.

Mercedes is a 75-year-old widow in La Paz, Bolivia. She has eight children, 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Traditional Bolivian dancers
Sep 27 2013

Field Notes—Bolivia: A dance of thanks

Traditional Bolivian dancing.

Sponsored youth in Bolivia share their thanks through traditional Bolivian dances.

Stacy King, CFCA awareness trip coordinator, helps plan and arrange awareness trips in cooperation with our field staffs around the world.

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