Tag: community

Janelle Stamm
Oct 6 2014

Reflect, rejoice, pray: A cancer survivor’s story

Janelle Stamm

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??”

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Family Day celebration in Colombia
Jul 18 2014

Mom and daughter perform traditional Colombian dance

Family Day celebration in Colombia

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! 

Ask Sponsor Services
Jul 16 2014

Ask Sponsor Services: We have a new envelope!

Ask Sponsor Services

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!

Ati Atihan Festival, Philippines
Feb 7 2014

Philippine festival known for pageantry and devotion


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).

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Special olympian
Jan 31 2014

Going for gold


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.

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Nadine Pearce Center in Guatemala
Jan 24 2014

Center named for co-founder is home away from home in Guatemala

Sponsored youth Douglas and his mother, Olga, are pictured outside the new Nadine Pearce Center in Guatemala.

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.”

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Members of the Maasai tribe in Kenya
Oct 24 2013

{Pretty, happy, funny, real} in Africa

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Every Thursday the Like Mother, Like Daughter blog invites bloggers to post four pictures – pretty, happy, funny and real – and give a little context for each picture.

So here’s {phfr} in Africa on the CFCA blog.


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Unbound mothers
Oct 10 2013

Taking charge: A mother’s journey of empowerment

Dubis sits in front of her home sharing her story.

Dubis sits in front of her home sharing her story.

Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Dubis now lives in a community south of Cartagena.

She is the mother of two sponsored youth.

Dubis found a new calling when she joined the CFCA mothers group, which meets twice a month.

“Before my sons’ sponsorship, my life was a routine. I would go to work and do the chores at home,” Dubis said.

“I did not go outside a lot and I did not talk with my neighbors.”

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Sponsored elders in Uganda
Oct 4 2013

A special birthday celebration for sponsored aging friends in Uganda

By Alexah Nabayinda and Sylivia Wendidda, CFCA-Uganda staffers

Everyone in life deserves to feel special.

For many elderly, the CFCA birthday celebration was the first time in their lives they had participated in such a special event.

For the CFCA Kampala office in Uganda, the Birthday Fund made the party possible.

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