Former Zamboanga scholar shares lessons learned from Unbound
Former Unbound scholar Helen wears her police uniform with pride.
In the United States, Labor Day is meant to celebrate the contributions of workers toward the success and prosperity of the country. It’s a day to rest and say thanks for all their hard work.
Unbound communities are also full of hard workers, from moms and social workers to group leaders and scholars. According to former Unbound scholar Helen from the Philippines, being part of the scholar program even helped instill a stronger work ethic in her and her fellow scholars.
Helen is the second youngest of four siblings. While she was never sponsored through Unbound like her sister Rose was, Helen did take part in the Unbound program for two years when she became one of the service scholars for the office in Zamboanga, Philippines.
By Shanxi Omoniyi, CFCA web editor and writer
I recently had the privilege of traveling to Chile on a CFCA mission awareness trip, and while there I met a woman who put my idea of “a hard day’s work” to shame.
Luisa, mother of a CFCA sponsored child, is a seasonal vineyard worker in Chile.
Her name is Luisa, and she’s the mother of Javier, a child sponsored through CFCA.
She’s a seasonal vineyard worker, needed only in times of pruning and harvesting.
She started work Oct. 10 and will finish in mid-April, leaving home at 7 a.m. and returning around 6 p.m.
It can take her 20-30 minutes to walk from one side of the vineyard to the other.
Payment for her pains depends on how many boxes she can pick during harvest time or the hours she works when pruning.
If she picks about 100 boxes (each box weighing about 25 pounds), she can make approximately 17,000 pesos ($30 US) a day. Read more
What kind of job would you do if your life depended on it? Would you dive to the bottom of a river to collect sand? Pound rocks into gravel? Chop sugar cane in the hot sun?
Maria, the mother of two sponsored children, sells newspapers on a busy street corner in Santa Ana, El Salvador, to support her family. She earns $4.50 a day, not enough to cover expenses.
CFCA sponsorship helps fill the gap between what she earns and what she needs not just to survive, but to get ahead. She receives health care and food provisions for her family. Sponsorship support also enables Maria to provide an education for her children in the hope that they can break the cycle of poverty.
That’s why Maria continues to brave rush-hour traffic, blazing heat and pounding rain to sell newspapers.
Breaking rocks for a living