Tomorrow, June 21, marks the official first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Summer is a time for many people to spend outdoors and soak up the sun. To celebrate the season, here’s a photo gallery of sponsored children around the world showing you what they love to do in warmer weather.
Geraldine, a sponsored child in Mexico, relaxes with her teddy bear in her hammock at home. Lounging in a hammock is the perfect summer activity, don’t you think?
Sponsored children Chantal, second from left, and Lisandra, third from left, take a stroll with their family on the beach of Livingston, Guatemala. Now that’s a nice way to stay cool in the summer heat.
Sponsored children in Guatemala say hello to summer, swing sets and fun times with friends.
“I live near to the beach but we never go there because my family does not have money to take the bus. I want to go in the ocean, but I don’t know how to swim. I want to see the landscape and the ships.” — Andres, a sponsored child in Cartagena, Colombia. Sponsored children in Cartagena visited the beach for a kids’ day out.
Leidy, a sponsored child in Guatemala, jumps rope in her yard — a great game for a single player.
Recess! Sponsored girls in Hyderabad, India, take a break from their schoolwork to have some fun on the playground.
Sponsored children play in the Pamucutan River of the Philippines to escape from the heat of the sun.
Leidy, a sponsored child in Guatemala, shows her little brother Melvin how to ride a bicycle.
Sponsored friends in Cartagena, Colombia, traveled to the beach for a recreational outing. Some of them had never visited the ocean before, and they loved every minute of it!
Bouncy castles and summer are just plain meant for each other, and it looks like Madhusha, a sponsored child in India, agrees with us. Sponsored children and their families get a day of fun and excitement for their annual family fun fest.
Football, soccer or kickball, whatever you call it, this outdoor game is perfect for a summer day. Sponsored children in Kenya are organized into teams and play each other on the field.
Although many sponsored children in Cartagena, Colombia, live near the beach, some had never visited before because of the transportation costs to get there and the high-priced tourism nearby. They said visiting the ocean was like a dream — feeling the warm water and playing games with their friends.
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.
Yurani, an Unbound scholar from Colombia, demonstrates her skills in the kitchen.
By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor
Most mornings, Yurani walks alone to the bus that takes her to the local university, a short 15-minute ride away.
Though she walks alone, Yurani knows she has her family and the entire Unbound community beside her.
Before heading off to catch a bus, Yurani helps her younger brother, Daniel, make the bed. Some weekdays, she also helps her mother prepare lunch for the whole family.
For Yurani, cooking meals is one of her favorite chores, and it gives her good practice for her studies. Yurani is studying gastronomy, or the art and science of gourmet cuisine.
“When I was younger my dream was to be a chef,” Yurani said. “[Now] my dream is to have my own restaurant.”
Music instructor Oswaldo plays the keyboard while sponsored friends practice their song.
By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor
Music is what moves us. We live our whole lives with rhythm around and inside us; from the beating of our hearts to the traffic outside an office window.
One of our co-founders showed this throughout his life. Bob Hentzen was always just a breath away from a song, and I rarely saw him without a guitar nearby.
Music has always been an important part of the communities and cultures served by Unbound.
In Bogota, Colombia, 30 sponsored children take part in a music class and learn about the importance of music.
CFCA’s president and CEO, Scott Wasserman
By Scott Wasserman, CFCA president and CEO
One morning recently, I read a file from a law firm representing the estate of one of our late sponsors. In her will she left $500 for the benefit of Jose, her sponsored child in Colombia.
Michael Calabria, CFCA’s planned giving director, worked with the attorney, Jim, on how best to use the gift. Our staff in Colombia let us know that when Jose completes 11th grade next year, he must either enroll in college or enlist in the military.
Elizabeth stands outside her home, decorated for Christmas, near Medellin, Colombia.
A Christmas celebration in India
A Christmas celebration in Kenya
A Christmas celebration in El Salvador
Merry Christmas from everyone at CFCA! Our office may be closed, but we’re sending you lots of Christmas cheer. As you spend time with your families, we hope you enjoy this Christmas video from El Salvador.
Antoni, 12, Colombia
Antoni and William are two of the selected artists featured on CFCA’s 2013 Christmas cards. Click here to learn more about them!
Director of global strategy, Paul Pearce, left, walks with a group of mothers in Cartagena, Colombia.
Recently, Jose Rodriguez, project director for Colombia at CFCA headquarters in Kansas, traveled to Colombia to visit with mothers of sponsored children.
During the workshop, mothers gathered to answer a question: “What is your dream?”
Many women had the opportunity to share what they were interested in pursuing and CFCA had the chance to help them make it happen.
Watch the video to learn more about how CFCA becomes a catalyst for these women to achieve their dreams.
Watch the video!