Tag: India

More than 1,500 sponsored children and youth participated in the 2015 Bob Hentzen Memorial Sports Day organized by Unbound staff in Hyderabad, India.
Apr 13 2015

The joy of 1,500 sponsored kids in India at play

Children and teenagers living in poverty don’t often get the chance to participate in organized sports. Participation fees and equipment costs add up, making sports a low priority for families struggling to afford basic necessities. So when Unbound staff in Hyderabad, India, organized the Bob Hentzen Memorial Sports Day, more than 1,500 kids sponsored through Unbound showed up for the event.

For Sarita Mendanha, program coordinator for Unbound in Hyderabad, the sports day is “extremely important to the India program because it builds team spirit, … [a] winning attitude [and] pride to carry away specially designed awards.” She also views the sports day as a way to build rapport between Unbound staff and the families they serve.

The day consisted of 15 different track and field events, such as tug of war, sack races, the traditional Indian game kho kho, shot put, discus throw and 100, 200, 400 and 800 meter dashes. Unbound staff had help from scholars and the participants’ mothers, and sports professionals were on hand to referee.

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Elizabeth Alex
Jan 16 2015

Tea and hospitality in an Indian slum

Elizabeth Alex

Elizabeth Alex, second from left, visits the home of Kusma, whose son Alok is sponsored through Unbound in India.

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

You meet some of the nicest people in a slum.

I learned that lesson the moment Kusma welcomed me into her home — a tiny, two-room place packed into a congested street — with the sounds of motorcycles, car horns, cows, food carts and the chatter of children joining the smells of exhaust, cow dung, dust and curry just outside her door.

The “door” is actually a few cloths draped in front of the entrance. The roof is a piece of tarp attached by some sticks and rope.

I met Kusma at the Unbound office in Agra, where she helps her mothers group raise money sewing shoe covers for visitors to the Taj Mahal. She invited me to visit any time.
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Dec 26 2014

How to say hello in India

India is home to many different languages. It’s a big country, with lots of diversity. In the central and eastern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Telugu is the most commonly spoken language.

Watch this video to learn how to say hello in Telugu. Then share your new skills at all the holiday parties.

Sponsor today and practice your language skills through letters.

Building homes for elders
Nov 21 2014

Small donations = Big change

Funding for Homes helps repair leaky roofs and collapsing structures and make other improvements families couldn’t otherwise afford. And if enough people contribute just a small amount, together we can change someone’s life.

Sponsored elder Pawn, 76, and her daughter, Pala, 31, live in India. Their small home had mud walls and a thatched roof. They slept on thin mats on the floor, and there was no running water or latrine.

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Sponsor a child
Nov 17 2014

How you can help Shiva stay in school

Sponsor a child

Shiva, 10, from India

He stands straight and tall for his picture. Looking sharp in a buttoned-up shirt, he sports a shy but hopeful smile.

A sixth-grader in India, Shiva just arrived at the Unbound office from prayer. The white lines on his forehead are called tikka and are part of the Hindu prayer tradition.

Shiva plays cricket, a national pastime in India, he celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights, and he enjoys poetry in his native language, Hindi.

This delightful boy respectfully requests you sponsor him.

Shiva is one of three children supported by their dad, Gopi, who rides a bike selling tea door-to- door in India. Gopi works long days but doesn’t bring home enough income to provide for a family of five.

Shiva has a passion for school. Especially math and science.

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“I like playing with magnets,” he said. “I can show you how the North Pole and South Pole attract.”

But the future of Shiva’s education is a stress for his mother, Laxmi.

“Financial problems are haunting us,” she says. “We are struggling with the education expenses.”

With help that a sponsorship brings, Shiva will remain in school. His parents will see some of their financial burden lifted. Shiva can continue to develop his love of learning and reach a goal of improving his English skills.

You can help this bright young boy reach his full potential.

Editor’s note: Since this was posted, Shiva had found a sponsor. Check our website for other children still waiting for sponsors.

Unbound Awareness Trips
Jan 6 2014

Sealing the family bond: One sponsor’s trip to India

Awareness trips

Steve Taylor, Unbound sponsor, meets his sponsored friend Nathasha on an awareness trip to India.

Akansha Roy, Unbound communication center liaison in India, and Steve Taylor, Unbound sponsor, contributed information to this report.

For the past 18 months or so, Steve Taylor of Virginia and his sponsored friend, Nathasha from India, have exchanged countless letters. In a previous blog post, Steve and Nathasha expressed how they feel like family, even though they had never met.

Well, they still feel like family, but they can finally say they have met one another!

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Taj Mahal
Nov 22 2013

India: Securing the next generation’s future


Join us as we celebrate Geography Awareness Week with National Geographic and friends. This year’s theme “focuses on how geography enables us all to be intrepid explorers in our own way.”

Today we take a closer look at India, one of the countries in Asia where we work.

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Indian egg curry
Aug 5 2013

How to make egg curry from India (recipe)

Egg curry from India

Egg curry from India … mmm!

Want to experience a taste of India? Try this egg curry recipe from Jecintha and Prakash, two mothers of CFCA sponsored children. The two sisters took out a loan through their mothers group to open their own food stand where they sell this delicious dish!

Get the recipe

Taj Mahal
Jul 29 2013

Family feels special connection to Taj Mahal

Standing outside a small gift shop run by CFCA mothers, with her hands folded and a slight smile brightening her soulful brown eyes, Rekha is the picture of grace as she talks about her life in Agra, India’s world-famous city that is home to the Taj Mahal.

Rekha is bringing up her two children on her own; her husband doesn’t live with the family. Her 14-year-old son, Dushyant, is sponsored through CFCA.

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Delhi youth forum
Jun 19 2013

Delhi youth forum opens doors for students and scholars

Delhi youth forum

Students and scholars at a CFCA youth forum in Delhi, India.

How many students does it take to create a youth forum in India designed to help young people continue their higher education?

Read more to find out!