Dan gives a fist bump to a young girl outside the Unbound office near Kibera slum in Kenya.
By Dan Pearson, Director of International Programs
What’s the best gift for a continent? May 25 is Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity. But don’t worry if you haven’t gotten Africa a gift yet. The day hasn’t really caught on in the U.S. like other celebrations of international origin such as St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo, but that may change.
The mental maps of many Americans are pretty blank when it comes to Africa, and the topics we associate with the continent are mostly negative: slavery, poverty, starvation, dictators and war. It’s true that Africa’s history is deeply marked by suffering, mostly at the hands of outsiders but also self-inflicted. Modern Africa is changing rapidly, and it is time we all took note.
Unbound works with families from many different cultures and traditions. Inspired by New York Fashion Week, we want to explore the different fashions that are found within those cultures. Today we’re sharing photos depicting the many different fashions found in Unbound communities.
Abraham (second left) stands with his parents, Lenaiya and Malee, and fellow sponsored member Miriam (far right) and her mother Leretet (second right).
By Jordan Kimbrell, writer/editor for Unbound
Unbound works with families from many different cultures and traditions. Inspired by New York Fashion Week, we want to explore the different fashions that are found within those cultures. Today we take a closer look at tribal fashions worn by the Maasai in Kenya, the Lambadi in India and the Dumagats in the Philippines.
Food carts are part of everyday life in the Philippines, and one of the popular snacks offered is bola-bola. Bola-bola is made from fish that has been pounded into a paste, rolled into balls and fried. Customers skewer a piece from the vendor’s frying pan and dip the tasty treat in a sauce of their choice.
Marcelino owns one of these food carts and sells bola-bola. His daughter Jenny is sponsored through Unbound. Jenny’s sponsorship supplements the income Marcelino makes from farming and the food cart, helping the family meet their basic needs and build a path out of poverty.
Marcelino uses what he makes selling bola-bola to help pay his children’s school fees. His goal is to help his children get a good education and achieve their dreams.
By Becky Spachek, evaluation specialist for Unbound
Becky Spachek is an evaluation specialist for Unbound in Kansas City. She recently traveled to Guatemala to visit sponsored friends and their families in their homes to learn about their experiences with sponsorship to better understand how their economic reality is impacted by the program. Becky describes a day on her trip in this blog post.
Today is International Friendship Day. Unbound is all about fostering friendships that cross borders and span cultures. On awareness trips hosted by Unbound, sponsors can meet their sponsored friends face to face. To celebrate the many friendships formed through sponsorship, we want to share with you photos of sponsors and their sponsored friends.
Rosy and her sponsor, Maria Soleri, in Ecuador.
Pavithra and her sponsor, Ellen Raspitha, sit on the floor of Pavithra’s home in India.
Christine and her sponsor, Leila Felix, in Kenya.
Francisca and her sponsor, Thomas Slattery, in the Philippines.
A group of teenage sponsors from the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in New York play soccer with sponsored teens in El Salvador.
Bonnie and Warren Breitbarth with their sponsored friend Christian in Mexico.
Sponsor Sam Emmite with his sponsored friend Ximena and her mom and little sister in Ecuador.
Sponsor John Vos and his sponsored friend, Mark, in the Philippines.
Sponsor Toni Guidice with sponsored friends Jackline (left) and Josephine (right) in Kenya.
Amini (center) walks with her sponsors Maureen, Michael and Emily Watts in India.
Meet your sponsored friend on an Unbound Awareness Trip. Check out our trips page for more information.
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.”