Rafael Villalobos, program coordinator for Unbound in Costa Rica, visits with a sponsored child and his mother.
In the United States we still have a few months before we celebrate Labor Day, but many countries, including Costa Rica, the Philippines, Kenya, El Salvador and others, observed the holiday on May 1. In honor of Labor Day, Rafael Villalobos, coordinator for Unbound in Costa Rica, shared a reflection about his own work at Unbound.
I want to start by sharing a quote from Confucius, who said, “Choose a job that you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
This has been my work experience with Unbound.
It’s not just a job, it’s a mission, a lifestyle, something that inspires and gives meaning to life.
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.