Tag: education

Sep 17 2014

My name is Maria

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Ten-year-old Maria from Guatemala.

By Elizabeth Alex, community outreach and media relations director for Unbound

“My name is Maria and my favorite thing in life is going to school.”

The simple, straightforward statement from a third grader in Guatemala represents the dream of children in the developing world.

Maria lives in a small house in a rural area of Guatemala. Her father is sick and hasn’t been able to work. Her family survives because of the kindness of neighbors, friends and their church. On most days, meals consist of salted tortillas and water.

Like many kids who live in poverty, Maria is lacking in nutrition. But she has plenty of energy for life.

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Guatemalan children reading
Sep 5 2014

Fighting poverty with literacy

Guatemalan children reading

Sponsored children in Guatemala practice their reading skills.

International Literacy Day is Sept. 8. It was started by the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) and first celebrated in 1966. The observance helps raise awareness that there are millions of people worldwide who lack basic reading and writing skills. Numerous studies have shown a direct link between illiteracy and poverty, especially as more jobs require reading skills.

What do you think your life would be like if you couldn’t read?

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Aug 25 2014

School days for sponsored friends

Grade levels around the world infographic
It’s that time of year again! For many children in the United States, school is back in session. Have you ever wondered what school is like in your sponsored friend’s country? Take a look at our infographic featuring grade levels around the world.


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Sponsored friends in the Philippines cross a river to get to school.
Aug 20 2014

Back to school in the Philippines

Sponsored friends in the Philippines cross a rice field to get to school.

When you were a kid, how far did you travel to get to school? Perhaps you walked a few blocks, rode your bike or went to the end of your street to wait for a school bus. Sponsored friends Mary Rose and Jovelyn live in a rural part of the Philippines. The girls and their classmate walk 3 kilometers to school each day. That’s a bit less than 2 miles. While the distance isn’t far, the path they travel has some unique obstacles.
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Graduating students
May 31 2014

Celebrating success

Graduation season is here, and we couldn’t be more proud of all of those who are achieving their dreams of education. Whether it’s finishing high school or completing a higher education, all of these grads have a lot to celebrate.

Help students like these achieve their dreams. Sponsor today!

Rockhurst University students visit Guatemala
May 23 2014

Rockhurst University students find sisterhood in Guatemala

Sponsored friend Adriana laughs with Rockhurst University students Alex and Alli.

Sponsored friend Adriana laughs with Rockhurst University students Alex and Alli.

By Rebecca Keeven, Rockhurst University student and Alpha Sigma Alpha member

In March, I traveled with a group of fellow Rockhurst University students to San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala, for a weeklong service-immersion trip. While preparing for this trip, I did the usual: packed, attended pre-trip meetings and made sure I was caught up on shots and vaccines.

During this time, I also filled out paperwork for an individual sponsor visit through Unbound. Four other women and I were going to have the opportunity to visit the child our sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, sponsors. We filled out our paperwork, communicated with Unbound, and set up a date and time to meet our sponsored child, Adriana.

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May 16 2014

Mother inspires Mexican scholar to never give up

Gladys in Mexico is working on her education with help from an Unbound scholarship.

Gladys in Mexico is working on her education with help from an Unbound scholarship.

Gladys is an Unbound scholar in Mexico. After her father died of cancer 10 years ago, her mother, Marcelina, took on the burden of providing for the whole family.

“My mother has been the hero in my family,” Gladys said. “She bravely put our family on her shoulders and has provided for us by herself.”

Receiving an Unbound scholarship gave Gladys the resources she needed to stay in school at a time when her mother was sacrificing her own needs to pay for tuition.

Read more about Gladys and her mother here.

Kibera slum
Apr 23 2014

‘On the way to somewhere’

Kibera-entry

By Erin Stillion, financial auditor for Unbound

Erin Stillion, financial auditor for Unbound in Kansas, recently traveled to Kenya to perform a financial audit for Unbound’s Nairobi project. While he was there he met an amazing young man that made a huge impact on his life. This is Erin’s story.

The sun was already beating down on a sea of rusted tin roofs. Our team was wrapping up a financial audit in Unbound’s Nairobi project, spending several days poring over documents, reading policy manuals, interviewing staff, assessing procedures and visiting families. I was exhausted, but brimming with anticipation.

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Apr 16 2014

India can be a dangerous place to be a girl

Students on their way to school in Suryapet, India.

Students on their way to school in Suryapet, India.


Unbound believes in empowering women. Our mothers groups began in India and now help women around the world gain vital financial support, education and confidence. We encourage all efforts in India to keep women and girls safe so that they may continue to drive positive change in their communities. Help us.

By Dan Pearson, director of international programs at Unbound

India can be a dangerous place to be a girl.

Rape, abuse, dowry customs, child labor and infanticide are part of a tragic legacy in this country that is also full of bright minds and a rich cultural heritage.

The savage gang rape of a young woman unfortunate enough to ride the wrong bus in New Delhi 18 months ago took women’s rights to the streets where thousands marched on the presidential palace.

India’s important national elections being held over the next few weeks will tell us whether the outcry will lead to any significant change.

I hope so. But I have my doubts.

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Child literacy
Apr 14 2014

Guatemalan teen dreams of making school library favorite place for kids

Claudia is a sponsored youth and scholar from Guatemala. She volunteers at a local school library for her scholarship service hours.

Claudia is a sponsored youth and scholar from Guatemala. She volunteers at a local school library for her scholarship service hours.

National Library Week in the U.S. is April 13-19. People across the country are celebrating by visiting libraries, participating in events and sharing how libraries have changed their lives.
To join in the celebration, we would like to share the story of Claudia, a sponsored teen from Guatemala. Claudia volunteers at a local school library and works with the children there to help them become more engaged in reading.

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