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

April 12, 2014

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 …
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Unbound supports local education center Operation Breakthrough

April 11, 2014

At Unbound we are sometimes asked whether we do anything to help children and families here in the United States. We are happy to say that the answer is “yes!” Unbound supports several U.S.-based nonprofit causes with financial contributions, volunteering and collecting supplies. Unbound has an especially close relationship with Operation Breakthrough, a child care center located in the urban …
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Benedictine College students build homes in El Salvador

April 09, 2014

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. By Naresli Calito, CFCA communications center assistant for El Salvador A group of 34 students from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., visited the …
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Reaching the top

April 07, 2014

By Elizabeth Alex, community outreach and media relations director In the summer of 2013, I had the chance to travel to Peru. I was constantly amazed by the sponsored friends and families we met. Here is one of their stories. It caught my eye first thing. A big pink dresser. It looked a little out of place in a humble …
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Elderly take charge of their health

April 04, 2014

By Dallas Parker, communications intern at Unbound Watching out for the health of our aging friends is extremely important to all of us here at Unbound. In partnership with Care for the Aging, a program that offers weekly blood pressure monitoring and other health care advice, 95 sponsored elderly members of our Quezon project in the Philippines obtain the medical …
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Mother-and-son duo create business selling traditional Salvadoran food

April 02, 2014

By Jordan Kimbrell, Unbound writer/editor Poverty creates challenges that can thrust adult worries and responsibilities on children. That’s certainly true for sponsored child Carlos from El Salvador. At just 11 years old, Carlos takes his role as the oldest child and older brother seriously, especially since his father left shortly after his younger brother, Byron, was born. Carlos experienced the …
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Scholarship helps a mother achieve her dreams

March 31, 2014

Sometimes the best gift someone can receive is encouragement. That’s exactly what Maria, a 34-year-old mother of three from the Dominican Republic, received from her friends and loved ones. As a volunteer at the local Unbound office, Maria received lots of encouragement, and eventually a scholarship, from the community there when she made her decision to finish high school and …
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Making music in Nicaragua

March 28, 2014

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. We were visiting a sponsored member’s home in the city of Esteli when we met the musical duo Jade. Sadoc, …
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Friendships cross barriers in Unbound

March 26, 2014

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 …
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Doris needs a new sponsor (and a letter, please)

March 24, 2014

By Elizabeth Alex, community outreach and media relations director A confident smile is the first thing you notice about Doris. It lights up the home where she lives with her mom, dad and baby brother. It’s a tiny but tidy two-room space. An American visitor might notice the walls are covered with cardboard to insulate against cold weather. Doris wants …
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