Category Archives: Rise and Dream movie

sponsored girls and scholars in India.
Jun 10 2015

Program evaluation: ‘What’s in it for me?’

Melissa, center, interviews the mother of a sponsored child, left, with a social worker for Unbound in Guatemala.

Melissa, center, interviews the mother of a sponsored child, left, with a social worker for Unbound in Guatemala.

By Melissa Velazquez, international evaluation and systems manager

A few years back, I sat with a group of local Unbound staff in our office in the Dominican Republic to talk about program evaluation. These individuals work day in and day out with limited resources to connect with sponsored individuals and their families, ensuring that initiatives and activities are moving forward in honest, sustainable and empowering ways.

They have a lot on their plate, and that day they had one question for me: “Why should we care about evaluation?”
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Dan talks with Unbound friends and their families.
May 22 2015

A gift for Africa Day

Dan gives a fist bump to a young girl outside the Unbound office.

Dan gives a fist bump to a young girl outside the Unbound office near Kibera slum in Kenya.

By Dan Pearson, Director of International Programs

What’s the best gift for a continent? May 25 is Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity. But don’t worry if you haven’t gotten Africa a gift yet. The day hasn’t really caught on in the U.S. like other celebrations of international origin such as St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo, but that may change.

The mental maps of many Americans are pretty blank when it comes to Africa, and the topics we associate with the continent are mostly negative: slavery, poverty, starvation, dictators and war. It’s true that Africa’s history is deeply marked by suffering, mostly at the hands of outsiders but also self-inflicted. Modern Africa is changing rapidly, and it is time we all took note.

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Barclay Martin speaking to high school students about "Rise and Dream."
Mar 13 2015

How 13 Philippine teens gave U.S. students a lesson

Letters are an everyday part of the Unbound program — they’re the bridge that connects people throughout our world. Hundreds of thousands of letters from sponsored friends pass through our Kansas City headquarters each year on their way to sponsors. With all the correspondence that passes through our office, some letters still come as a surprise.

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2014 Unbound bloggers trip
Jun 4 2014

Day 3: Finances, friendship and fascination

Unbound blogger trip

Victoria Brown with Diego, Johana, Sonia and Brian outside their home.

It’s 11 p.m., and I’m sitting alone in the Unbound communications office in Santa Ana, El Salvador, typing away as bugs crawl and fly around me. I procrastinated on this post all evening because I couldn’t stop thinking about my visit with Sonia.

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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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Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Mar 22 2014

Cleaning up Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan

By Veronica Batton, writer/editor for Unbound

Happy World Water Day! We celebrate this day each year on March 22, as a way to highlight the importance of freshwater and maintaining freshwater resources. The theme for World Water Day 2014 is on “Water and Energy.”

When you consider that 60 percent of the adult human body is made of it, and about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by it, water becomes a pretty important resource for us to care for in the right way. Read more

Sponsor an elder
Mar 21 2014

Sponsored elderly experience more than money can buy

Unbound sponsored elderly

Sponsored elderly in the Philippines are all smiles on their way to Elderly Day activities organized by the Quezon project.

By Dallas Parker, communications intern at Unbound

For our aging friends, having fun is essential to their health and well-being. Unbound hosts events designed to give social opportunities to aging friends like Elderly Day in our Quezon project in the Philippines. Read more

Sponsored family
Mar 19 2014

Dairy farm helps children in India attend school

Unbound micro-loans

Innamma, a mother in India, used microloans from her mothers group to start a dairy business.

Learn how Innamma pays for her children’s education with help from her four-legged friends, whom she met because she joined a mothers group!

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Sep 6 2013

CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen wants to meet you…

CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen wants to meet you… (via Rise and Dream)

Anyone who knows CFCA President and Co-founder, Bob Hentzen, realizes he is always on the road. Bob is famous for walking throughout the developing world, taking CFCA sponsors straight to the heart of our work; the homes of the sponsored children and…

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My dream is...
Aug 2 2013

Dreams around the world

A sponsored child in Guatemala

Bradly, a CFCA sponsored child in Guatemala, dreams of becoming a builder.

By Paul Pearce, CFCA director of global strategy

The other day I was talking to Ramiro Zelada, a co-worker who was born in Guatemala, about the word “dream.”

He told me that in Guatemala, those living in poverty think of dreams as something that will never come true.

And in the cases of people who are just trying to make ends meet day to day, dreams can be a reminder of a horizon that is unreachable.

“Dreaming,” Ramiro said, “is a luxury we can’t afford.”
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