Category Archives: Bolivia

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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Indigenous communities
Jun 21 2013

Preserving the culture: CFCA’s work with indigenous communities, part 2

Do you know your roots?

The spring/summer issue of CFCA’s magazine, “Sacred Ground,” features our work with indigenous communities all over the world.

Read more interesting facts about these communities and how their cultures contribute to their self-identity.


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Unbound fathers
Jun 10 2013

Top 10 stories about fathers in the Hope for a Family program

An ERPAT fathers group in the Philippines

And now, for your enjoyment, our top 10 stories about fathers! In no particular order.


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May 31 2013

Bolivia awareness trip participants ‘dance and celebrate the CFCA family’

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“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies awareness trip participants. You can see Bob’s full update on his Facebook page.
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