Ariel, 21, a former sponsored member and current staff member in the Philippines.
A healthy dose of community, perseverance and hope go a long way in combatting the daily struggles of those facing poverty. Unbound’s sponsorship program prescribed that remedy for Ariel from the Philippines.
Billy and Mary Lou from Arizona sponsored Ariel when he was just 7 years old, which unlocked a world of opportunity he never knew.
“I had faced a lot of hindrances in my life, many problems, trials and conflicts,” Ariel said. “Problems in family and school made me strong and responsible enough to stand up on my own.”
Bryan, 12, from Guatemala.
Beaming with pride and a smile that constantly says, “I can do it,” 12-year-old Bryan enjoys a grand accomplishment for a boy his age.
For the third year in a row, Bryan has earned the distinction of being valedictorian at his grade school in Guatemala, a feat that is even more impressive when you consider only one student gets to have that honor each year.
Excelling at school might be difficult for a lot of students, but not many have faced the sort of obstacles that Bryan has had to overcome.
Suyapa, a former sponsored child, now works as a nurse.
Growing up in Honduras, former sponsored child, Suyapa, saw the need in her community. She witnessed this in the struggles her mother and family faced.
Growing up, conditions were difficult for Suyapa and her family.
Ingrid (right) and her mother Maria in their home.
Ingrid lives in Guatemala, where, according to the World Bank’s source Barro-Lee, on average girls complete about six years of schooling. In 2015, she graduated as a certified bilingual education teacher. Luis Cocon, communications liaison for Unbound in Guatemala, had the opportunity to meet Ingrid and hear her story during her final year of school before graduation.
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.”