Category Archives: Colombia

Madelen, a former sponsored friend from Colombia.
Jan 15 2016

Faces of empowerment — photo essay

Madelen, a former sponsored friend from Colombia.
Joy in culture

Madelen, a formerly sponsored child, participates in a traditional dance with the Unbound community in Quibdo, Colombia.

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Ana and Katherin go for a walk in their neighborhood.
Jan 8 2016

Colombian mother’s journey of transformation

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions: eat healthy, get organized, save more, forget less. Even with the best of intentions, many resolutions fall by the wayside. If you’ve made a resolution, we want you to achieve it. Let the story of one mother’s personal transformation inspire you to succeed in your own goals for 2016.

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Mayra, an Unbound scholar, at home with her mother, Patricia, in Guatemala.
Jan 6 2016

The true impact of an Unbound scholarship

Mayra, an Unbound scholar, at home with her mother, Patricia, in Guatemala.

Mayra, an Unbound scholar, at home with her mother, Patricia, in Guatemala.

Sometimes it’s difficult to see the true impact of your contribution, especially when you contribute to a program helping many, like our Education program, without knowing who will actually benefit from your contribution.

With a sponsorship, you have the chance to pick the person you want to help, and you can build a relationship through photos and letters. But when you make a contribution to the Education program, who gets to continue their schooling?

Mayra from Guatemala and Cristian from Colombia are just two of the many students who receive scholarship assistance from Unbound’s Education program to continue their schooling.

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Nov 4 2015

Unbound scholar dreams of adventure at sea

Yira loves her home by the sea and dreams of working on a cruise ship.

Yira loves her home by the sea and dreams of working on a cruise ship.

People who visit seaside resorts enjoy the warm waters, beautiful beaches and the various amenities such places have to offer. But they might not think much about the lives of the people who provide those services – people like Yira and her family.
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Oct 12 2015

5 inspiring girls, women for Day of the Girl

Yesterday, on Oct. 11, the world celebrated International Day of the Girl. The day was made official by the United Nations in 2011, and was created “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”

Unbound celebrates girls and women on Oct. 11 and every other day of the year. We provide encouragement and support for moms through Unbound mothers groups. We provide loans to mothers so they can start start small businesses and we support girls and young women as they pursue and continue their educations.

Check out these stories from Unbound about girls and women building a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

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Karen and her children inside their home.
Jul 13 2015

Female security guard finds safety in Unbound

Karen and her children inside their home.

Karen and her children inside their home.

Karen has experienced much trauma in her life — from domestic violence and a near fatal attack from her first husband to being abandoned by her second husband. Now the 31-year-old single mother of three in Colombia is raising her children alone in a humble home made of bamboo sticks and rusted sheet metal.

Karen’s strength and hope for her children’s future shines brightly. Her daughter is sponsored through Unbound, and while the tangible benefits help her family, the sense of belonging and hope she feels from the Unbound program is just as meaningful.

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John, former sponsored child and scholar.
Jul 8 2015

Former Unbound youth proves sponsorship works

What happens when sponsored friends graduate from school and leave the program? Do they make better lives for themselves and their families? Are they working? What are they doing to contribute to their communities? Today on our blog, John, a teacher and former sponsored child, answers these questions.

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Rolando and his youngest daughter, Nataly, enjoy spending time together.
Jun 19 2015

The dreams of a father

Rolando and his youngest daughter, Nataly, enjoy spending time together.

Rolando and his youngest daughter, Nataly, enjoy spending time together.

Rolando didn’t have a father growing up in Cartagena, Colombia. His dad died in a car crash when he was just a baby, and his mother died from diabetes when he was only 3 years old.

“I don’t recall much of my parents,” Rolando said, “but I remember my mother being a hard-working woman, and remember her selling fried food downtown. … The one thing I remember from her is the big love she gave us; that is something that I still have inside me.”

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Dec 24 2014

Christmas around the world

From all of the Unbound communities around the world, we wish you a very merry Christmas.

Christmas parties for sponsored friends and their families are made possible through donations to the Christmas Fund. Donate today.

Sep 26 2014

A champion rises above health obstacle


Juan Jose practices regularly to improve his swimming.

Juan Jose is your typical 13-year-old. He lives with his mom and grandmother in Antioquia, Colombia. He attends school, loves hanging out with his friends and has dreams of becoming a famous Olympian.

But Juan Jose has a little secret.

He only has one kidney. It keeps him from playing contact sports, like football, basketball and soccer, with his friends.
Instead of letting this hold him back, he channels his energy and efforts into swimming.

“I love to swim now!” he said. “I like swimming because we get resistance and we work out with all the muscles. I feel that I am free, and I have discovered that I am a good and fast swimmer.”

Through his chosen sport, Juan Jose has overcome other medical problems.

“I have asthma but I do not give up when I have competitions and I continue until I finish. I always want to be the best despite my health limitations,” he answered when asked about any obstacles in his life.

Even though training is from 6 am to 8:30 am, Juan Jose still said, “I enjoy training because it has helped me to get my health problems under control.”

Though he is a shy boy, his grandmother remarked that he is “disciplined and a fighter for his dream [of reaching the Olympics] and does not care about his health limitations.” Like most grandmothers, she is incredibly proud of him and his accomplishments.

With his most memorable moment listed as signing up for a swimming league, Juan Jose has even bigger dreams for the future. He hopes to “have the chance to represent my town in other cities. Maybe someday I will have the chance to participate in the Olympic Games to represent my country.”

We here at Unbound will be rooting for you, Juan Jose!

Contributions to Health help support many services, including therapeutic services for sponsored friends with special needs. Donate today!