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.
Father Ricky smiles at his diaconate ordination, which is the step before he was ordained a priest. His uncle and mother are pictured behind him.
In honor of Veterans Day today in the U.S., we bring you the story of Father Ricky Masdo, who was sponsored through Unbound as a seminarian and serves as a chaplain in the Philippine military. Father Ricky wants to be present for service members and their families as they navigate the challenges of military life.
Carlos practices his cello in the courtyard outside his home.
Walking down Guatemalan streets lined by cinderblock homes with iron sheet roofs, you might not expect to hear the warm, deep tones of a cello playing Bach or the sometimes accompanying lilt of a violin. But, most evenings, if you visit Carlos’ neighborhood, that’s exactly what you’ll hear.