Tag: environment

Jolly, a member of the fathers group in Unbound’s Cardona program, cuts water hyacinth stalks to be made into sandals and other wearable goods. Once a fisherman, Jolly has found a new source of income in the water hyacinth initiative.
Jul 1 2015

A green initiative


Water hyacinths, a persistent pest, clog waterways, kill fish and rob sunlight from native aquatic plants in lakes all over the world.

A community in the Cardona area of the Philippines, just outside Manila, experienced such an infestation. In 2012, when Charito L. and her family joined the Unbound program, her husband wasn’t able to continue his job fishing because of the plant. It became increasingly difficult to support their family.

“My source of income way back then was selling fishes but, because of the huge number of water hyacinths in the lake, the fishes died out,” she said.

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Luis Cocon, Unbound communications liaison for Guatemala
Sep 1 2014

Now is the time to help our planet

By Luis Cocon, communications liaison for Unbound in Guatemala

The other day while waiting for the bus I saw a little girl about the age of 6 crying. Her cry sounded desperate. Her cry troubled some people. Others just ignored it.

“She is thirsty,” her mother said, as a young woman on an old bicycle stopped and gave the little girl some soda. After a couple of sips a smile appeared on the girl’s face.

Her cry for water reminded me that it is essential for life. I thought of places where people die of hunger and thirst. Not in some faraway country, but right here in my own country of Guatemala.

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bokashi balls
Apr 21 2014

Earth Day in the Philippines


Tomorrow, Aprill 22, is Earth Day, and Unbound sponsored friends and their families in the Philippines are celebrating with bokashi balls.

No, it isn’t a new healthy cereal to help cleanse your system. But it will help cleanse rivers and other freshwater resources.

“Bokashi” is a Japanese term that means “fermented organic matter” and refers to a system developed in Japan that uses beneficial micro-organisms to break down toxins and food waste. Bokashi balls can improve the life of the river and help restore it to its proper ecological balance.

Unbound’s Antipolo project in the Philippines has been making bokashi balls since 2009 and started to see positive environmental effects in area rivers where the mudballs have been utilized..

Click here to read more about bokashi balls.

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Mar 22 2014

Cleaning up Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan


By Veronica Batton, writer/editor for Unbound

Happy World Water Day! We celebrate this day each year on March 22, as a way to highlight the importance of freshwater and maintaining freshwater resources. The theme for World Water Day 2014 is on “Water and Energy.”

When you consider that 60 percent of the adult human body is made of it, and about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by it, water becomes a pretty important resource for us to care for in the right way. Read more

Youth clean Kenyan market
Aug 28 2013

Youth make market in Kenya shine

CFCA in Kenya

CFCA youth group members in Kenya prepare to clean up the Kangemi market as part of a community service activity.

By Regina Mburu, CFCA communications liaison for Africa

The Kangemi market in Kenya is always a beehive of activity, with sellers chanting continuously to attract customers to buy their wares.

On this particular day, youth from CFCA had come to the market, this time not to buy anything but to clean it up, as the market is dirty and unkempt.

With brooms, rakes, trash bins and dust masks to cover their faces, young people from CFCA’s Maendeleo youth group got busy sweeping and collecting trash.
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World Environment Day
Jul 18 2013

Guatemalan families plant seeds for the future

If one large tree can produce enough oxygen for four people, then sponsored friends and their families in Guatemala just made it possible for 80,000 people to breathe easier.

Click here to find out how

Fertilizer
May 9 2013

Happiness in hen manure: Organic fertilizers in CFCA communities

Romelia, a sponsored child, and her father, Siriaco, use organic fertilizer in their garden.

Romelia, a sponsored child, and her father, Ciriaco, use organic fertilizer in their garden.

Ciriaco, the father of a sponsored child, and his family in Guatemala utilize every possible resource for gardening on hand. Or should we say, on hen.


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Reforestation project
Apr 26 2013

Seeds for the future: CFCA-Guatemala develops reforestation project

Reforestation seedbed in CFCA-Guatemala

Mothers in Guatemala tend to tree seedlings in a reforestation project they created to help restore their local environment.

Today is Arbor Day! In one area of Guatemala, one community started a new initiative to grow two trees for each sponsored child.


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Reforestation project
Apr 22 2013

CFCA celebrates Earth Day

A landscape in El Salvador.

Today is Earth Day, a day to celebrate the world in which we live. Read more about Earth Day and see photos of sponsored friends and their families enjoying the outdoors where they live.


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Apr 22 2011

CFCA in Honduras improves environment with eco-stoves

To celebrate Earth Day, we wanted to share this report from Ricardo Garcia, project coordinator in Santa Rosa, Honduras. It’s about eco-stoves that help both the environment and the health of our sponsored friends.

In 2008, the Santa Rosa project in Honduras initiated a medical campaign to benefit all the sponsored members and their families.

During the campaign, we learned that many mothers suffered from pulmonary emphysema caused by excessive smoke from cooking food.

Later in 2009, we initiated a reforestation effort because large swaths of trees were being cut in the communities. But the problem wasn’t getting better.

One solution addressed both problems. We decided to build eco-stoves because they use less firewood and they don’t produce smoke in the home.

Getting the program off the ground was difficult because the families were accustomed to seeing lots of smoke in their homes. But they see how much better off they are financially because they don’t buy as much firewood.

Their homes are free from smoke, their food is cooked healthier, and the man does not have to spend so much time gathering firewood. This gives him more time to work.

The project also provides an opportunity for the families to interact because from the beginning, we trained them to build the stoves.

The fathers help other households with the construction and in the process of sharing their knowledge, they support other members of the community and live better together.

The plan is to have enough funds to support this initiative so that someday, all families in the CFCA communities of Santa Rosa who need an eco-stove can have one. This should greatly diminish the deforestation problem.

We also hope to incorporate the support of other organizations and institutions to help us supply so many families.