Tag: nonprofit work

Maria delivers a freshly prepared elote loco to a young customer.
May 2 2016

Wise enough to capitalize on a ‘crazy’ opportunity

Maria (right) and her mom, Mirna.

Maria (right) and her mom, Mirna.

Maria’s many things. She’s a daughter, a granddaughter and a big sister. She’s a sponsored youth, an Unbound scholar and a hard worker.

She’s also someone who knows an opportunity when she sees it.

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Mayra and Mirna grind coffee beans to sell. They're part of the same mothers group livelihood initiative in Honduras.
Apr 27 2016

Without limitations

Mayra and Mirna grind coffee beans to sell. They're part of the same mothers group livelihood initiative in Honduras.

Mayra and Mirna grind coffee beans to sell. They’re part of the same mothers group livelihood initiative in Honduras.


While in the hospital recovering from surgery on her hand, 45-year-old Mirna decided she could do more with her inherent potential.
She took inspiration from her favorite book, “The Pursuit of Excellence” by Ted W. Engstrom. The book follows an eagle raised with the mentality that it couldn’t fly, until one day it sees other birds flying.

“I think I’m like that eagle,” Mirna said. “During so many years I thought I wasn’t able to do many things, until one day I decided to leave all that behind and decided to pursue my dreams and [support] my family.”

And that’s exactly what she did.

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Brothers Ever (left) and Marvin with their mother, Mercedes.
Apr 20 2016

‘Invention comes from a need’

Brothers Ever (left) and Marvin with their mother, Mercedes.

Brothers Ever (left) and Marvin with their mother, Mercedes.

Creativity can help you accomplish your dreams, but the ambition to follow your dreams can take you even further. For Salvadoran brothers Ever and Marvin, the drive to chase their dreams runs in the family.

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Malou Navio (center), coordinator for Unbound in Antipolo, speaking at a parent leader training session.
Apr 18 2016

Impact of gentle, balanced leadership

Malou Navio (center), coordinator for Unbound in Antipolo, speaking at a parent leader training session.

Malou Navio (center), coordinator for Unbound in Antipolo, speaking at a parent leader training session.


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.

“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.

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Gaby spends part of her volunteer time with Unbound in the correspondence department in El Salvador.
Apr 15 2016

Unbound scholar overcoming the odds

Gaby spends part of her volunteer time with Unbound in the correspondence department in El Salvador.

Gaby spends part of her volunteer time with Unbound in the correspondence department in El Salvador.

Many obstacles keep children living in poverty from reaching their full potential.

Gaby was raised by a single mother in a rural region of El Salvador, so the odds were already against her.

Gaby’s father passed away, leaving her mother, Dina, as the sole provider for Gaby and her four siblings. Dina’s income as a baker fluctuates, as her wages depend on how many orders she gets and how much bread she sells daily.

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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 Trailblazer David Scarpello with his wife, Jennifer, after completing the 2015 Twin Lights half marathon in Gloucester, Mass.
Apr 8 2016

The path to becoming a Trailblazer

When David Scarpello first sponsored 11-year-old Reyna from Honduras in 2001, he had no idea he was about to set foot on a path that would eventually take him on three trips to Honduras, into the lives of 17 more sponsored children, and into the role of an Unbound Ambassador.

In June, that path will also lead David from his home in Boston to the starting line of the Hospital Hill Run in Kansas City, where he will participate for the first time.

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Jaishikha (left) lives in northern India with her mom, Reena; dad, Sunil (not pictured); and little brother, Kabir.
Apr 6 2016

Homes around the world: Photo essay

In Valparaiso, Chile, there might be a lot of stairs to climb to get home …
In Valparaiso, Chile, there might be a lot of stairs to climb to get home …
… But there's also a spectacular view.

… But there’s also a spectacular view.

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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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