Tag: family

Franceny, 17, from Colombia, dreams of becoming a doctor.
Apr 13 2016

Family finds sweet successes

Franceny, 17, from Colombia, dreams of becoming a doctor.

Franceny, 17, from Colombia, dreams of becoming a doctor.

Some of the sweetest things in life are born out of adversity.

When Franceny’s father passed away when she was a little girl, she and her mother, Olga, moved from their home in another part of Colombia to Medellin, Colombia, to live with her grandparents.

Olga had to improvise to feed her family after her husband’s sudden death. She learned to make desserts and began selling them in her neighborhood and to bakeries.

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Madelline, 7, and her family in El Salvador share a love for music.
Apr 11 2016

Swept away with song

Madelline, 7, and her family in El Salvador share a love for music.

Madelline, 7, and her family in El Salvador share a love for music.

Love was in the air 14 years ago in El Salvador when John swept Arely off her feet with his soulful serenades.

And the singing hasn’t stopped since.

“When we were dating, he used to sing for me every night under a tree that was next to my house,” Arely said. “When our first child was born, he played the guitar as a lullaby.”

John’s love for music has been passed down to his three children: Franklin, 13, Madelline, 7, who is sponsored through Unbound, and Cristian, 4.

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Unbound mother Maria shows off her sewing.
Apr 4 2016

Learning to sew unlocks mom’s determined spirit

Unbound mother Maria shows off her sewing.

Unbound mother Maria shows off her sewing.

Trying something for the first time can be difficult and intimidating. It was true for Maria when she first started learning how to sew.

Maria is a mother of four living in El Salvador. She joined the Unbound sponsorship program 11 years ago when her oldest daughter, Rosa, was sponsored by Alanna and Frances from Pennsylvania.

As a part of the program, Maria joined a mothers group with mothers in the area whose children are also sponsored through Unbound. The mothers had the opportunity to learn a new skill, and they decided to take sewing classes.

At first Maria was afraid, saying, “I used to cry because I thought if I couldn’t sew that I wouldn’t make it. It was hard to learn.”

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Ariel, 21, a former sponsored member and current staff member in the Philippines.
Mar 9 2016

Where are they now: Ariel

Ariel, 21, a former sponsored member and current staff member in the Philippines.

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.”

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Nathalie helps her mother, Martha, make empanadas.
Mar 7 2016

Creating a legacy

Nathalie helps her mother, Martha, make empanadas.

Nathalie helps her mother, Martha, make empanadas.

Colombia has a long history of violence between government forces and militant groups. But increasingly there seems to be hope of a more lasting peace between the Farc rebels and the government, with the possibility that a deal could be signed later this month and the implementation overseen by the UN, according to the BBC. Though peace may be close, the decades-long conflict has created a huge impact, especially for families like Martha’s.

Martha and her family are originally from Antioquia, Colombia, and are part of a large number of internally displaced people.

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The enclosure the family built to keep their pigs.
Feb 19 2016

Getting ahead through careful saving

Sarobidy helps take care of his family's farm animals.

Sarobidy helps take care of his family’s farm animals.

Just four years ago Sarobidy’s family was struggling to survive, living in a small wooden house in Madagascar on the little income his mother, Hasiniaina, made doing laundry and selling vegetables and firewood. His father, Léon, wasn’t able to find work.

Sarobidy attended an inexpensive local school, though the quality of the education wasn’t very good. Though the tuition only cost about $2.50 USD per month, the expense took a toll on the family’s budget.

“We were afraid to borrow money,” Hasiniaina said. “There were many times that we didn’t have food, but there was no one to help.”

Then in March of 2012, Sarobidy was sponsored through Unbound by Paul and Maureen from Ohio, and his family was able to start turning their situation around.

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Jan 25 2016

A day in Cristabel’s shoes

Cristabel (right) with her family outside their home.

Cristabel (right) with her family outside their home.


Cristabel has big dreams for the future. She wants to graduate from high school, go to college and, someday, teach kindergarten.

At 12-years-old, Cristabel still has many years of studying before achieving her dreams, but she takes things one day at a time.

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José Antonio announces an advertisement for one of his clients.
Jan 4 2016

On air: Salvadoran dad supports family through radio

José Antonio announces an advertisement for one of his clients.

José Antonio announces an advertisement for one of his clients.

Meet José Antonio, the voice of “Market Radio,” a small radio station located inside a local market in El Salvador.

“I do everything here,” he said. “I play the music; I also do radio spots. I use the computer and I sell products.”

It’s the first market of its kind in the area, with an in-house radio station promoting goods of vendors who have shops and stalls there. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can hear José Antonio over the loud speakers, playing music from the 80s and 90s, and advertising low prices on products.

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Dominic and his mom, Jenyffer, are all smiles before a performance.
Dec 23 2015

Boys enjoy ‘clowning around’ with Mom

Dominic and his mom, Jenyffer, are all smiles before a performance.

Dominic and his mom, Jenyffer, are all smiles before a performance.

Some parents might get annoyed when their kids act like clowns. But for Jenyffer, seeing her kids “clown around” brings a sense of pride.

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Paul Pearce (right) with mothers group leaders and staff in Cali, Colombia.
Dec 18 2015

Lessons of empowerment from moms

Paul Pearce (right) with mothers group leaders and staff in Cali, Colombia.

Paul Pearce (right) with mothers group leaders and staff in Cali, Colombia.

By Paul Pearce, director of global strategy for Unbound

Empowerment is a driving principle of the Unbound program and looks different in each of our families. So we need a nimble set of program activities, benefits and services to adapt to each family situation.

In a recent evaluation conducted with Filipino and Guatemalan youth, empowerment was seen as the attainment of education and having a good character or set of values to navigate the world. In one study, the ability to even imagine goals was described as a significant outcome.

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