Gumercinda, a 79-year-old sponsored elder in El Salvador, and Gustavo Aybar, Unbound communications services manager.
By Gustavo Adolfo Aybar, communications services manager for Unbound Sponsor Services
As a native Dominican, raised in the United States the majority of my life, I believed my summer vacations, plus my connection to the island — both personal and through my studies — kept me culturally aware and prepared to serve as an ambassador for families struggling in poverty. That was before I traveled to El Salvador to participate in an Unbound staff awareness trip.
Luisa stands outside the taxi she drives in Bolivia.
Yesterday, on Oct. 11, the world celebrated International Day of the Girl. The day was made official by the United Nations in 2011, and was created “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”
Unbound celebrates girls and women on Oct. 11 and every other day of the year. We provide encouragement and support for moms through Unbound mothers groups. We provide loans to mothers so they can start start small businesses and we support girls and young women as they pursue and continue their educations.
Check out these stories from Unbound about girls and women building a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.
Aracely (holding papers) enjoys working with the local Unbound mothers group.
Confidence, it seems, can be contagious. For Aracely, an Unbound scholarship student and sponsored youth, it has also been liberating.
Virgilio’s big smile provides a glimpse into his joyful personality.
Unbound’s late co-founder Bob Hentzen impacted many lives through his tireless service to the world’s marginalized people. One person whose life changed after meeting Bob is a 12-year-old boy named Virgilio who lives with a disability.
Josphat, a sponsored youth and scholar in Kenya.
By Regina Mburu, Unbound communications liaison for Africa
When Josphat was a young boy, he would go to bed hungry. He would often dream about becoming a teacher when he grew up, but since his mother didn’t even have enough money for food, paying school fees was out of the question.
But somewhere in the back of his mind, Josphat never gave up on his dreams.
Ivannia (center) holds Maria and her grandson, with Jose and Kimberly at her side.
As a mother raising her children on her own, Ivannia knows she has a long road ahead. She’s already overcome a lot in her life. With support from her parents, her children’s sponsors and a group of mothers from her community in Costa Rica, Ivannia keeps her family moving forward.
Boni stands outside his home in the Philippines.
Electricity powers many things you might consider basic necessities. It may even be the reason behind how you’re able to read this right now. Many, however, might consider it a luxury.
Bonifacio, or Boni as his friends call him, doesn’t have electricity in his home. His family doesn’t have the money to pay for it, so at night he studies for his college exams and does his homework by a small kerosene lamp.
A mothers group in Guatemala elects its new president or “guide.”
Unbound believes in the wisdom of mothers. Our mothers group model operates from the basic belief that mothers are capable, resourceful people and helps mothers gain self-confidence.
We met with a mothers group in Guatemala who shared the process of electing a president for the group and how this process helps empower each woman.
These Cuernavaca scholars helped organize the chain of favors event.
Sponsored friends and their families drew pictures and wrote descriptions of the random acts of kindness they performed.
Small acts of kindness, from holding a door open to paying for another person’s cup of coffee, can create a bright spot in someone else’s day. Studies have even shown performing acts of kindness can positively impact a person’s health. But mostly, performing these acts can bring a community together.
Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa, with twins Jackson and Jackline at their home in Tanzania.
Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa, recently traveled to Tanzania to gather stories about the families we serve there. Regina is from Kenya, and she enjoyed the chance to experience the unique culture of our Tanzanian families.