Shruthi is sponsored through Unbound’s program in Hyderabad, India.
Shruthi (left) and her siblings, Vinay and Sony, pose for a picture with their parents, Venkat and Shoba.
In 2010, the United Nations declared the first week in February as World Interfaith Harmony Week. For 2015, the focus is on promoting religious and inter-religious actions for sustainable development. At Unbound, we build relationships of mutual respect and support that bridge cultural, religious and economic divides. Shruthi and her family are just one example of this philosophy in action.
With bright eyes and a warm smile, 13-year-old Shruthi carries herself with confidence.
She’s had a sponsor through Unbound since she was in the second grade. She’s in ninth grade now.
“It was the happiest feeling, I remember, when I was told that there is another family far away who is sponsoring me,” she said. “I learned gradually what sponsorship is about.”
Tristan John Cabrera, communications liaison for Unbound in the Philippines.
A photo of Tristan’s grandfather placed on his grave during Undás.
By Tristan John Cabrera, communications liaison for Unbound in the Philippines
Tristan John Cabrera is the communications liaison for Unbound in the Philippines. Each year, Filipino families spend Nov. 1 and 2 at the gravesites of their family members who have passed away. The two days are referred to as Undás. Tristan shared with us his experiences of the tradition.
Every year for Undás, observed Nov. 1 and 2, my family and I visit the graves of our loved ones who have passed away. On Oct. 31 we start building a tent to serve as our shelter for our two-day stay in the cemetery. We start early because of the large number of people who will also build their tents and visit their deceased loved ones.
Nicole (left) with Dylan, his mom, Evelyn, and his baby brother, Anderson.
Linda and Nicole Miller outside the program office in Costa Rica.
By Nicole Miller, support specialist for Unbound
Recently Nicole Miller traveled to Costa Rica on an awareness trip. Nicole has worked for Unbound for 10 years, and this was her first time visiting an Unbound program office. She shared with us her experiences during the trip.
Read about Nicole’s experience
Janelle Stamm, who works in accounting for Unbound, is an avid runner and cancer survivor.
By Janelle Stamm, accounting specialist for Unbound
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Janelle Stamm, who works at Unbound’s headquarters in Kansas City, shared her story of how focusing on gratitude and compassion helped her cope with cancer.
If someone told me in August 2013 that I’d run a half-marathon for Unbound in June of the next year, I would have believed them. It wasn’t outside the realm of possibilities. I’ve run two other half- marathons. Now, if someone were to tell me that I would have to deal with breast cancer before that run I would have said, “What??”
Continue reading Janelle’s story
Johanna (middle front) danced with her mom (left front) and other mothers at a Family Day celebration.
Mothers groups and staff of the Hogares de Solidaridad subproject in Bogota, Colombia, recently organized a Family Day celebration. With food, face painting and dancing, there was a lot to do for everyone that attended.
For 11-year-old Johanna, the day was extra special. Her mom, Alejandra, and the members of her mothers group choreographed a dance to traditional Colombian music. They were one dancer short, however, so Johanna got to join in.
“I had a lot of fun because I had the chance to dance with the other mothers and we supported each other,” Johanna said. “We had good coordination, and I had a great time.”
Sponsor someone from Colombia today!
We recently updated our stationery and you may have seen a new envelope arrive in your mailbox.
If you haven’t seen it, you may want to check your mail. Some of our sponsors don’t recognize this stationery, and haven’t responded to some of the mailings we’ve sent them. In fact, our Sponsor Services team made more than 2,000 calls last month to let our sponsors know about our new envelope.
In case you don’t recognize this new design, keep an eye on your mailbox. You should see it soon!
Sponsored youth James plays drums in a festival parade.
Colorful costumes are a big part of the Ati-Atihan Festival.
By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor, Unbound
One of the beautiful aspects of the relationships built through sponsoring a child or elderly friend is learning about the vibrancy and richness of other cultures.
Sponsored friends often write to their sponsors about celebrating cultural events or holidays in their countries.
One such event recently took place in the Philippines. The Ati-Atihan Festival features parades known for their lively tribal dances, colorful indigenous costumes and sounds of drums and lyres (small harp-like instruments).
Basking in the glory.
A close-up view of Juan’s Olympic and other medals.
Juan, middle, with his parents, Jose and Concepcion.
We know everyone is excited for the winter Olympics to start in just a few weeks, so we wanted to share the story of one of our own athletes.
Sponsored youth Douglas and his mother, Olga, are pictured outside the new Nadine Pearce Center in Guatemala.
By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor at Unbound
A spirit of welcome fills the new Nadine Pearce Center, where families in eastern Guatemala gather as part of their local Unbound community.
Nadine was one of the co-founders of Unbound known for her warmth and hospitality. So it’s fitting that the center named in her honor is a home base for families and staff members from Unbound.
“It’s our center,” said Olga, whose son Douglas is sponsored through Unbound. “It’s like having a new home.”
By Scott Wasserman, president and chief executive officer
The start of the new year marked an important milestone in our organization’s history as we began a new chapter as Unbound.
I feel blessed to be part of it.