Tag: travel

Unbound Awareness Trips
Apr 30 2014

A family transformed: A sponsor’s awareness trip reflection

Amy and Ben Luebbering stand with their sponsored friend Lucia from India.

Amy and Ben Luebbering stand with their sponsored friend Lucia from India.

Amy Luebbering and her husband, Ben, have been sponsors for six years. They recently got the chance to participate in an Unbound Awareness Trip to India and shared their experience with us.

Our awareness trip to India was the most memorable, amazing time we have ever spent. The beautiful faces of those happy children, their joyful singing and dancing, their eagerness to meet us, to touch us, to have their picture taken with us, all these things filled us with joy.

Though we weren’t “their” sponsors, we represented all sponsors, and they loved us as though we had been writing them letters for years.

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Unbound Awareness Trips
Apr 12 2014

Hands raised in song: A sponsor’s awareness trip reflection

Sponsor Becky Costas gets a chance to meet her sponsored friend, Jonathan, on an awareness trip to the Philippines.

Sponsor Becky Costas gets a chance to meet her sponsored friend, Jonathan, on an awareness trip to the Philippines.

Bill and Becky Costas have been sponsors since 1996. Becky works as a sign language interpreter, and in honor of Deaf Awareness Day, we would like to share her reflections on being a sponsor and participating in awareness trips.

God had a plan when he gave me a heart for the deaf and the skills to work as a sign language interpreter.

On an awareness trip to the Philippines in 2006 to meet our sponsored child who was soon graduating from college, my husband, Bill, and I met a group of deaf students.

We were waiting for a Mass to begin when I noticed movement to my right. When I turned, I saw a group of deaf students signing in American Sign Language.

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Mission trip
Apr 9 2014

Benedictine College students build homes in El Salvador

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Spring break brings up images of white, sandy beaches and lazy afternoons. But for a group of Benedictine College students, spring break meant long hours, sweltering heat and one week to build three homes and a latrine.

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Nicaraguan music
Mar 28 2014

Making music in Nicaragua

By Paul Pearce, director of global strategy for Unbound

Visiting sponsored members’ homes is one of the highlights of an Unbound Awareness Trip. On a recent trip to Nicaragua, sponsors were treated to a special musical performance at one home.

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Unbound Awareness Trips
Mar 26 2014

Friendships cross barriers in Unbound

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By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa

True friendship goes beyond the miles between people — beyond their culture, their religion and the color of their skin.

“I have been in Kenya thrice,” said Toni Guidice, who is from New York and sponsors three children through Unbound. “Seeing my sponsored children brings warmth to my heart. Each time I see them my heart melts.

“I feel nothing but love when I look into their eyes.”

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Unbound Awareness Trips
Mar 17 2014

Changing lives through sponsorship: A sponsor’s Awareness Trip reflection

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From left: Julio, Flavia, Gabriella, Silvia, Bill and Elvia.

Bill Sheridan has been a sponsor for 18 years. He has enjoyed his many years as a sponsor and shared with us this reflection from his most recent Awareness Trip to Guatemala. Read more

Bob Hentzen
Feb 24 2014

Remembering a scholar and special friend

By Regina Mburu, communications liaison for Unbound in Africa

“My dream is to make it in life. I dream of being a woman representative in my community. I want to fight for the rights of all women. I want to write books and inspire people by telling my story.”

This is what Stephanie said to me.


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Unbound President/CEO Scott Wasserman
Feb 10 2014

New president reflects on ‘priceless experience’

What’s in a name? Scott Wasserman, Unbound’s new president and chief executive officer, shares what he learned meeting sponsored children and their families in the Philippines.

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Ati Atihan Festival, Philippines
Feb 7 2014

Philippine festival known for pageantry and devotion

By Loretta Shea Kline, managing editor, Unbound

One of the beautiful aspects of the relationships built through sponsoring a child or elderly friend is learning about the vibrancy and richness of other cultures.

Sponsored friends often write to their sponsors about celebrating cultural events or holidays in their countries.

One such event recently took place in the Philippines. The Ati-Atihan Festival features parades known for their lively tribal dances, colorful indigenous costumes and sounds of drums and lyres (small harp-like instruments).

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Unbound Awareness Trips
Oct 7 2013

Sisterly love: 9-year-old sponsor meets her Salvadoran sponsored friend

CFCA sponsored friend Blanca, left, and her sponsor Kendall, right, in El Salvador.

CFCA sponsored friend Blanca, left, and her sponsor Kendall, right, in El Salvador.

CFCA sponsors come in all ages. Take 9-year-old Kendall, for example. She recently went on an awareness trip to El Salvador to meet her sponsored friend Blanca.

Although Blanca and Kendall don’t speak the same language, they didn’t have any problems communicating. They shared and played together in the universal language of friendship.

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