From left: Maria, middle, with her parents Christina, left, and Leonard, right.
It used to be difficult for Maria to study at night. Her home in Tanzania didn’t have electricity and she would have to study by the light of a kerosene lamp or candles.
But when Maria became sponsored, her family began saving part of her sponsorship funds to construct a new home, one with electricity.
Yira loves her home by the sea and dreams of working on a cruise ship.
People who visit seaside resorts enjoy the warm waters, beautiful beaches and the various amenities such places have to offer. But they might not think much about the lives of the people who provide those services – people like Yira and her family.
Serfina makes a pot using clay she and her grandchildren collected from a nearby river.
Serfina, left, and grandchildren Bella, Jordan and Brian show off three clay pots Serfina made.
With three orphaned grandchildren left in her care, Serfina knew she needed a more reliable source of income than farming, which was susceptible to drought and crop failures. So she learned the art of making clay pots.
Moisés studying at home.
When Moisés describes his typical day, it doesn’t sound too different from what you might expect from a 19-year-old living in the United States.
“I get up in the morning and, logically, I get a hot cup of coffee. I practice a little with my guitar and use the computer a bit.
“Not every day is the same for me. I ride my bike, I run errands, I work, etc., and at night I go to school.”
Deepiga, 10-year-old sponsored child in India.
Dan Pearson on a visit to India.
Dan Pearson, director of international programs, recently gave an inspiring webinar talk to Unbound staffers around the world. He told a story about a sponsored child he met in India, and how helping one child now could affect millions in the future.
Tomorrow, Oct. 17, is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty set forth by the United Nations.
This year’s theme is “Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination.”
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.
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.
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.
Juana, a sponsored elder in Mexico.
With age comes wisdom but also the risk of social isolation. Many elders across the globe may go days or weeks without speaking to anyone. Elders who live in poverty and face loneliness are at an even greater risk of depression and deteriorating mental health.