Haji proudly holds a soccer trophy he won .
Haji, holding his prized soccer shoes, shares a joyful moment with his grandmother, Tendeje.
Imagine the combined enthusiasm of Americans for the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball if it was focused on a single sport. That comes close to describing the passion people in many countries have for soccer.
Haji is a 15-year-old Tanzanian boy who has been sponsored for four years. Like many youth, he’s passionate about the sport most of the world calls football. What makes his story exceptional is that he has the skill to go along with the passion.
Mayra, an Unbound scholar, at home with her mother, Patricia, in Guatemala.
Sometimes it’s difficult to see the true impact of your contribution, especially when you contribute to a program helping many, like our Education program
, without knowing who will actually benefit from your contribution.
With a sponsorship, you have the chance to pick the person you want to help, and you can build a relationship through photos and letters. But when you make a contribution to the Education program, who gets to continue their schooling?
Mayra from Guatemala and Cristian from Colombia are just two of the many students who receive scholarship assistance from Unbound’s Education program to continue their schooling.
Francisco at age 10 in 1999.
Francisco at his stall in the local marketplace.
Francisco and his family joined the Unbound program in Honduras after his mother, Trinidad, applied for sponsorship for her son. They were a family of 10, and his father’s work as a carpenter wasn’t enough to support them all.
“I feel gratitude,” Francisco said. “It’s something I would never forget. [Unbound] came into our life in a moment when we needed it most.”
Shija stands next to the sign he painted for Unbound’s coordinating office in Tanzania.
Shija, an Unbound sponsored youth in Tanzania, shows artwork he created.
Shija walked up and stood beside the sign he painted. It read, “UNBOUND,” and colorful figures formed the logo beside the name.
Shija, a sponsored youth, painted the sign at the request of the local office in Tanzania. The staff knew he would be a good candidate for the job because he’s an artist who’s going to school for fine arts and graphic design.
Ralldy studies at his home in Guatemala.
When Ralldy was a little boy, he would ride around the streets of Guatemala on his bicycle selling tortillas. He is the youngest of five children, and when he was 1 his father abandoned the family. His mother put him through school by making and selling tortillas.
“She sells four tortillas for 13 cents,” Ralldy said. “This is how she raised me and put me in high school.”
Ronalyn was sponsored through Unbound for 14 years before she graduated from the program in 2010. After being out of the program for five years, Ronalyn tells us how she and her family are doing now that she is out on her own.
Today is Universal Children’s Day. The United Nations chose November 20 as the observance date to mark the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. It was created to make a promise to the children of the world — that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, learn and grow, and that we would make their voices heard and help them reach their full potential.
Elvira shares a smile with her daughter, Escarleth.
For many, the mother is the heart of the family. She’s often the one who kisses scraped knees, soothes fevers and offers a shoulder to cry on. The importance of a mother’s role was on the minds of Unbound staff members in Santa Barbara, Honduras, when they realized mothers in rural areas were not receiving adequate health care.
From left: Maria, middle, with her parents Christina, left, and Leonard, right.
It used to be difficult for Maria to study at night. Her home in Tanzania didn’t have electricity and she would have to study by the light of a kerosene lamp or candles.
But when Maria became sponsored, her family began saving part of her sponsorship funds to construct a new home, one with electricity.