Tag: Bob Hentzen

More than 1,500 sponsored children and youth participated in the 2015 Bob Hentzen Memorial Sports Day organized by Unbound staff in Hyderabad, India.
Apr 13 2015

The joy of 1,500 sponsored kids in India at play

Children and teenagers living in poverty don’t often get the chance to participate in organized sports. Participation fees and equipment costs add up, making sports a low priority for families struggling to afford basic necessities. So when Unbound staff in Hyderabad, India, organized the Bob Hentzen Memorial Sports Day, more than 1,500 kids sponsored through Unbound showed up for the event.

For Sarita Mendanha, program coordinator for Unbound in Hyderabad, the sports day is “extremely important to the India program because it builds team spirit, … [a] winning attitude [and] pride to carry away specially designed awards.” She also views the sports day as a way to build rapport between Unbound staff and the families they serve.

The day consisted of 15 different track and field events, such as tug of war, sack races, the traditional Indian game kho kho, shot put, discus throw and 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter dashes. Unbound staff had help from scholars and the participants’ mothers, and sports professionals were on hand to referee.

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Feb 26 2014

Unbound in the blogosphere

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It’s our privilege to tell you about a blog post that features a tribute to our late president and co-founder, Bob Hentzen.

The post is titled “Bob Walked; Everyone Grew” by Paula Kiger.

Paula has been an Unbound sponsor for several years and has graciously shared her tribute to Bob Hentzen on her personal blog. Here’s an excerpt from her post:

When I read an article memorializing Bob Hentzen, President and Co-Founder of Unbound, after his death on October 9, I learned that when he decided to relocate from Kansas City to Guatemala in 1996, he walked. That’s right: 4,000 miles!

I can only imagine the human rights issues Bob saw on his walk (and continued to see when he settled in Guatemala).

… I doubt any of us reading this plan any 4000 mile walks in our lifetimes. What we can do, however, is slow down and walk through our town, our country, or another country and observe the human rights challenges, with an eye to doing something about them.

Read the full blog post at Perspicacity: Bob Walked; Everyone Grew

Thank you for your support, Paula.

We invite you to click on Paula’s post and leave a comment for her. This helps show our support for her efforts to tell others about Unbound’s work!

Bob Hentzen's memorial
Oct 25 2013

Celebrating the life of Bob Hentzen

Robert Hentzen's Kansas City Memorial Mass

“A wonderful celebration of a life well lived.” —Tim Deveney, sponsor and former CFCA staff member.

By Jordan Kimbrell, CFCA Writer/Editor

The last two weeks I have looked at many photos from around the world as the CFCA family gathered together in their communities to remember Bob Hentzen. From his funeral in Guatemala to the memorial gatherings in India, the impact Bob created in the world is clear.

Yesterday in Kansas City, we celebrated Bob’s life.

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Paco Wertin
Oct 18 2013

Continuing the work

Francis "Paco" Wertin, CFCA CEO

Francis “Paco” Wertin, CFCA CEO

With the passing of founder Bob Hentzen, we have had many asking if we will be stopping our work in the field. We are dedicated to continuing what Bob and our other founders started. Please read this message from us, provided in English and Spanish, to learn more.

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Oct 17 2013

Bob Hentzen’s life celebrated in Philippines

Bob Hentzen’s life celebrated in Philippines
By Loretta Shea Kline, CFCA communications editor QUEZON CITY, Philippines — About 1,000 families and staff members from three Philippine projects filled Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Quezon City in an outpouring of love for Bob Hentzen, CFCA…


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Bob Hentzen
Oct 12 2013

Remembering Bob

Bob Hentzen, CFCA President and founder

Bob Hentzen, CFCA President and founder

Join us in remembering Bob through this YouTube video. Please feel free to share your own memories, pictures and videos in a video response.

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Oct 11 2013

Honoring Bob Hentzen: share your memories and celebrate his life

Bob Hentzen

CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen was an inspiration to people all across the world. He made friends wherever his feet took him.

We would like to use this space on the blog to celebrate Bob Hentzen’s life.

We ask that you share your thoughts and memories of Bob in the comments below.

Bob Hentzen
Oct 10 2013

Bob Hentzen: Honor his life, support a dream

Bob Hentzen with Kenyan children

“You are capable of far more than you think you are.” – Bob Hentzen

As thousands around the world gather to honor the life of our President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen, we are reminded just how powerful a dream can be.

Bob dreamed of a world free from the bonds created by poverty, a world where childhood dreams become reality.

Now it’s our turn to show Bob just how much he impacted not only our lives, but thousands of lives around the world.

In honor of his life, his family is asking you to “get behind these children.” Support our friends living in poverty through sponsorship or donations to our scholarship fund.

He walked with the poor. He believed in the poor.

Support a child today and continue his dream.

Celebrations of his life:

A funeral service will be held at the Hermano Pedro office in Guatemala at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2013. His body will be laid to rest at the San Lucas Toliman Cemetery.

At this time, a memorial mass is tentatively scheduled to be held in Kansas City later this month. We will continue to update you as arrangements are made.

Bob Hentzen
Oct 9 2013

CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen passes away at 77

Bob Hentzen

Share your memories of Bob in the comments at the end of this post.

Tuesday evening, the world lost a visionary soul, and heaven gained a bright star. CFCA President and Co-Founder Bob Hentzen, passed away Oct. 8 in Guatemala. He was 77.

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Mar 25 2013

Trip to Costa Rica represents ‘a symbol of love’

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“Bob’s notes” are reports from CFCA President Bob Hentzen, who regularly accompanies awareness trip participants. You can see Bob’s full update on his Facebook page.

Photo credits for this report go to Bob Hentzen.

It is a tremendous joy and privilege to be in Costa Rica with our sponsored friends and their families, colleagues and 31 enthusiastic sponsors. Read more