On September 13, at our HQ in Kansas City, Kansas, we’ll be broadcasting our Global Insight Series on Facebook Live!
Unbound program coordinators Hugo Plaza Beltran of Bolivia, Chico Chavajay of Guatemala and Manuel Pineda of Honduras will be answering questions about how the Unbound program works in each of their countries. They understand deeply the joys and challenges of partnering with families living in poverty. Hear from these experts about how sponsorship gives families the opportunity to dream about tomorrow.
We know not everyone can make it to Kansas City, so we’re bringing the event to you. Head over to our Facebook page and submit a question for one of our project coordinators at any time. Then, tune in at 5:30 on September 13 for the countdown to the livestreaming event and you may hear the answer to your question.
Want to attend the event in person? Visit Unbound.org/insightseries to reserve your spot today!
Updated September 19, 2017
This blog was originally posted in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Since then we have seen additional catastrophic events, including Hurricane Irma and two severe earthquakes in Mexico. At this writing, Puerto Rico is bracing for Hurricane Maria, reminding us, yet again, of the need for ongoing vigilance in the face of nature.
We know that the sentiments expressed below from our friends in the Philippines extend to those impacted by subsequent events in addition to Hurricane Harvey.
Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Senior Writer Larry Livingston.
Those impacted by Hurricane Harvey have been very much in our hearts and minds over the past week. We commend to God’s care all our brothers and sisters in the affected areas of Texas and Louisiana as they begin their long road to recovery.
We are mindful, too, of the victims of severe flooding in parts of Africa and Asia, and Tropical Storm Lidia in Mexico. We keep them in our prayers as well, as we do those impacted by a mudslide that took place late last week in an area of Costa Rica where Unbound works. At this writing, we have reports of three sponsored children and their families whose homes have been damaged or destroyed.
Former Unbound scholar Helen wears her police uniform with pride.
In the United States, Labor Day is meant to celebrate the contributions of workers toward the success and prosperity of the country. It’s a day to rest and say thanks for all their hard work.
Unbound communities are also full of hard workers, from moms and social workers to group leaders and scholars. According to former Unbound scholar Helen from the Philippines, being part of the scholar program even helped instill a stronger work ethic in her and her fellow scholars.
Helen is the second youngest of four siblings. While she was never sponsored through Unbound like her sister Rose was, Helen did take part in the Unbound program for two years when she became one of the service scholars for the office in Zamboanga, Philippines.
We’re hosting a variety of events in Omaha, Nebraska from September 15-17. Check out the details below, and pick a day to come see us if you’re in the area!
Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection was written by Regional Project Director Ernest Makulilo.
One of the happiest moments of my life was the day I became a parent. Holding my son, Benedikt, gave me new perspective on my life. I completely changed from going about my day-to-day for myself, and began thinking about the future of my child. I appreciated and thanked God for the gift of life.
Unbound preachers gather for the annual preachers conference at the Unbound HQ in Kansas City.
By Larry Livingston, senior writer/editor
Last week a group of Catholic priests who travel around the country to preach on behalf of Unbound were at our headquarters in Kansas City for their annual conference. Every summer they join together as a community for a few days of learning and fellowship, and to share stories of their adventures traveling to parishes throughout the U.S.
For those of us who work in Kansas City, this is one of our favorite times of the year. It’s our opportunity to thank them for all the times they drove seven hours to get to that small town in the middle of nowhere in time for Saturday confessions, or spent the night at Gate 23 at DFW because their originating flight was canceled in Philadelphia.
Selica (right), an Unbound student intern and former sponsored child from Guatemala, interviews Maria, who works in our service center.
For college students, summers are often a time for continued learning through internships. And this summer was a special one at Unbound, as one of our eager, talented student interns was Selica Piloy, a former sponsored child who now attends Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri, just a few hours’ drive from our headquarters in Kansas City. Selica brought her international relations education and her personal passion for journalism to her internship. In this piece, she reflects on her experience of observing the inner workings of a major international nonprofit.
By Selica Piloy, student intern
This summer I had the wonderful opportunity for an internship at Unbound. Working here has always been one of my dreams and now it has come true. The environment here is really lovely. Unbound employees are always helping each other, and the role of each one is very important to the team as a whole. I have seen them working hard every day to accomplish their goals and better serve the sponsored children and families.
I’ve come to understand the daily work of all the different departments at Unbound. All of their efforts together form the veins of Unbound, and I want to take some time to recognize that.
By Jessica Wooden, online children coordinator and Unbound Trailblazer
Jessica Wooden wears her Trailblazer shirt while biking in a Kansas City park.
I still remember Christmas of 1998, when I was 5 years old. I came into the living room of my grandparents’ house and there it was. A new bike. The handlebars had a foam cover, adorned with grapes. The paint was a shimmering purple. It was beautiful and, more than anything, it was mine.
Riding a bike. I have to admit that the thought of doing this again as I got older scared me at first. The fearless 5-year-old who would get right back up after she had fallen had somehow left me. Regardless, I did try riding again, and it now means so much more to me than it ever did before.
To celebrate the U.N.-sponsored World Humanitarian Day Aug. 19, Unbound is highlighting inspiring members of our global community who’ve overcome obstacles to help others. Carmen is from El Salvador and works for Unbound as a social worker in 11 communities in Santa Ana, with more than 200 sponsored children and their families. She started with Unbound seven years ago, learning […]