In our Antipolo program in the Philippines, like in many of our Unbound communities around the world, staff members represent a leadership style we call Gentle, Balanced Leadership or GBL, which supports not only their fellow coworkers, but also extends to the families they serve. Staff members in Antipolo worked together to create this reflection outlining how GBL manifests itself in their program.
Malou Navio (center), coordinator for Unbound in Antipolo, speaking at a parent leader training session.
“With this form of leadership, we believe the pilgrim family of Unbound will continue at a sustainable pace to be a liberating force of love in our world today.”
— Bob Hentzen, co-founder of Unbound
Unbound’s Antipolo teams work with 8,400 families in marginalized urban, rural and indigenous communities. The families are organized into small neighborhood groups called kapitbahayans. More than 1,000 parents of sponsored children are leaders in their communities.
Alfredo, 19, serves as an inspiration to fellow students in Colombia.
Alfredo, 19, is a sponsored youth served by our Cartagena, Colombia, office. He helped with an Awareness Trip earlier this year and met with several sponsors and Bob Hentzen. Alfredo tutors 9th graders in his community, and was inspired even more by his meeting with Bob to continue helping.
Dubis sits in front of her home sharing her story.
Born in Cartagena, Colombia, Dubis now lives in a community south of Cartagena.
She is the mother of two sponsored youth.
Dubis found a new calling when she joined the CFCA mothers group, which meets twice a month.
“Before my sons’ sponsorship, my life was a routine. I would go to work and do the chores at home,” Dubis said.
“I did not go outside a lot and I did not talk with my neighbors.”
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