Category Archives: South America

Dec 11 2015

Standing up for and promoting justice

"Defensora de la Familia," or "Defender of the Family."

“Defensora de la Familia,” or “Defender of the Family.”

Although the map says it’s not far from the Unbound coordinating office, it takes nearly two hours to reach the dusty Manchay region outside of Lima, Peru.

The community is situated on a steep hill, and when the wind picks up the dust swirls in a fury.

Several women begin to gather outside a small office and their bright red vests stand out as the group gets larger. Stitched prominently on the back of each vest are the words, “Defensora de la Familia,” or “Defender of the Family.”
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Nov 20 2015

Let kids be kids


Today is Universal Children’s Day. The United Nations chose November 20 as the observance date to mark the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. It was created to make a promise to the children of the world — that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, learn and grow, and that we would make their voices heard and help them reach their full potential.
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Oct 30 2015

Celebrating Day of the Dead

From left: Leti and her daughter Norma sell handmade decorations for Day of the Dead.

From left: Leti and her daughter Norma sell handmade decorations for Day of the Dead.

El Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a popular holiday in Latin America when people visit the gravesites of loved ones. Headstones are painted, cleaned and adorned with flowers. It’s a time for families to come together to honor their loved ones who have passed on.
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Oct 21 2015

Early breast cancer detection in Chile

Ingrid, mother of formerly sponsored child Yanko, participated in the breast cancer detection exams through the Unbound health campaign.

Ingrid, mother of formerly sponsored child Yanko, participated in the breast cancer detection exams through the Unbound health campaign.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc., one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. And when detected early, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent.

For many living in poverty with no health benefits, early detection and proper care isn’t an option.
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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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Aug 17 2015

Unbound in Valparaiso, Chile

The Unbound office in Valparaiso, Chile.

The Unbound office in Valparaiso, Chile.

Amanda Heter, Ximena Pacheco-Diaz and Paul Pearce, employees at Unbound headquarters in Kansas, traveled to Chile to meet the Unbound team in Valparaiso and to meet the families in our program. They shared a few highlights from their trip, photos and told us about some of the things happening in Chile.
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Aug 14 2015

A thousand kisses from Rufino

Rufino, right, with his wife, Teresa.

Rufino, right, with his wife, Teresa.

Rufino is an elder in Bolivia waiting for a sponsor, and he’s ready to send his sponsor some love.

“I would appreciate, respect and be forever grateful to my sponsor,” Rufino said. “I would say to come here, I would like to hug you and give you a thousand kisses.”

Rufino is 69 years old and lives with his wife in a small one-room home. He is blind in one eye and his wife has hip problems. Because of their health concerns, the pair is unable to work and find it difficult to meet their basic needs. At times, they don’t even have enough to eat.

“I try to visit the [Unbound] office to see if I already have a sponsor,” Rufino said. “I think receiving someone’s friendship and support brings great joy to the heart.”

Rufino likes taking care of his plants and his wife, Teresa. On the weekends he watches soccer games at the local field. Since he’s lost much of his vision, though, he’s no longer able to read, an activity he used to enjoy.

Rufino dreams of living the rest of his life happy with his plants and his wife. He just needs a sponsor to help him through his twilight years.

A sponsor for Rufino would mean he and his wife would have a meal on the table, medical care and emotional support from their community and sponsor.

Editor’s note: Since this blog was published, Rufino has found a sponsor. Click here to find other elders waiting for a sponsor.