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Nov 27 2015

Ask Sponsor Services: Sending mail to your friend

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Q. Can I send my friend a gift through the mail?

A. Gifts sent in packages may incur high custom fees or get lost or stolen in the mail. Because of this high cost and risk, our international offices will no longer accept packages. Instead of sending a package, even a small one, try sending a letter instead.

The gifts of letters and photos are treasured most by your sponsored friend. Children and elders often say getting a letter from their sponsor is their favorite part of sponsorship.

You can easily send a quick note from our website. Just sign in and you can send your friend an eLetter and even upload a photo without having to set foot inside the post office.

If you really want to give your friend a gift, consider donating to Unbound’s birthday or Christmas funds.

Families living in poverty often find it difficult to afford the expense of celebrating birthdays and Christmas with gifts and parties. Donations to the birthday and Christmas funds help Unbound sponsored friends celebrate these special occasions.

The local staffs plan community-wide celebrations, which often include the entire family. Sponsored children and aging friends know the celebrations and gifts are from their sponsors.

Please keep in mind that some cultures do not celebrate birthdays and Christmas as we do. Unbound projects ensure that gifts and celebrations are appropriate for the culture.

And remember, what your friend needs most is your friendship and encouragement.

Thank you, and happy writing!

Contact our Sponsor Services team at (800) 875-6564 or mail@unbound.org for more information.

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Nov 26 2015

6 stories of thanks from the Unbound world

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, we thought it would be good to have an encore presentation of some of the stories we featured on the Unbound blog in 2015.

Each of these stories reflects gratitude, expressed in many ways and for a variety of gifts. They represent just a few of the hundreds of stories we have presented over the years about people for whom thankfulness is not just an occasional sentiment but a virtue that marks every day of their lives.


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Nov 25 2015

Pope Francis affirms human dignity in the heart of a slum

Millions of people around the world live in slums on the edges of large cities. Generally ignored by their local governments and avoided by those with the means to live elsewhere, these people are the very embodiment of what it means to be marginalized.
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Nov 24 2015

Elder hopes Kenya’s powerful hear pope’s message

Alice, a sponsored elder in Kenya.

Alice, a sponsored elder in Kenya.


When Pope Francis visits Africa Nov. 25-30, sponsored elder Alice in Kenya will be among the faithful hoping to see him.
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Nov 23 2015

Prepared for life’s challenges


Ronalyn was sponsored through Unbound for 14 years before she graduated from the program in 2010. After being out of the program for five years, Ronalyn tells us how she and her family are doing now that she is out on her own.
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Nov 20 2015

Let kids be kids

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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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Nov 18 2015

Sanitation solutions for World Toilet Day

According to the United Nations, 2.5 billion people lack access to proper sanitation, including toilets or latrines, with dramatic consequences on human health, dignity and security, the environment, and social and economic development.


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Nov 16 2015

Screenings save women’s lives

Elvira shares a smile with her daughter, Escarleth.

Elvira shares a smile with her daughter, Escarleth.


For many, the mother is the heart of the family. She’s often the one who kisses scraped knees, soothes fevers and offers a shoulder to cry on. The importance of a mother’s role was on the minds of Unbound staff members in Santa Barbara, Honduras, when they realized mothers in rural areas were not receiving adequate health care.
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Nov 13 2015

‘Life is easier with electricity’

From left: Maria, middle, with her parents Christina, left, and Leonard, right.

From left: Maria, middle, with her parents Christina, left, and Leonard, right.

It used to be difficult for Maria to study at night. Her home in Tanzania didn’t have electricity and she would have to study by the light of a kerosene lamp or candles.

But when Maria became sponsored, her family began saving part of her sponsorship funds to construct a new home, one with electricity.
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Nov 11 2015

‘I’ll go with the sheep,’ chaplain says

Father Ricky smiles at his diaconate ordination, which is the step before he was ordained a priest. His uncle and mother are pictured behind him.

Father Ricky smiles at his diaconate ordination, which is the step before he was ordained a priest. His uncle and mother are pictured behind him.

In honor of Veterans Day today in the U.S., we bring you the story of Father Ricky Masdo, who was sponsored through Unbound as a seminarian and serves as a chaplain in the Philippine military. Father Ricky wants to be present for service members and their families as they navigate the challenges of military life.


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In honor of Veterans Day today in the U.S., we bring you the story of Father Ricky Masdo, who was sponsored through Unbound as a seminarian and serves as a chaplain in the Philippine military. Father Ricky wants to be present for service members and their families as they navigate the challenges of military life.

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