Our work around the world

June 2, 2020
Storm compounds effects of pandemic - Floods displace families in El Salvador and Guatemala Families supported by Unbound in El Salvador and Guatemala were among tens of thousands of people displaced over the weekend as Tropical Storm Amanda ...

May 29, 2020
Amidst pandemic, a single dad’s struggle for survival - Raising three teenage girls can be tough for any single father in any part of the world, but Diego’s doing it in the rural, southwestern highlands of Guatemala in the midst of a pandemic. To 16-year-old ...

May 4, 2020
Disaster fund brings COVID-19 relief to families - As cities across the United States consider their path to reopen, the COVID-19 pandemic is only beginning to take hold in parts of the developing world. Unbound reports that many families across Latin ...

April 21, 2020
COVID-19: Why cash + community is critical - In El Salvador, government officials recently approved COVID-19 funding for families, but there was one problem: local estimates indicated that 75 percent of the people who qualified for the support did ...

April 20, 2020
Pandemic pushes elders further onto society’s margins - The COVID-19 pandemic has placed elderly people in the developing world in a precarious situation. They are uniquely at risk, while at the same time the solution carries danger of its own. Major world ...

April 15, 2020
Resources to venture out, while staying in - The international nonprofit Unbound has announced the launch of its new resource center, Let’s Walk Together, for those still craving connections around the world as travel comes to a halt during the ...

April 8, 2020
Families navigate COVID-19 crisis - Benefits ‘more important than ever’ Support from sponsors and donors gives families served by Unbound around the world a lifeline in the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing, curfews, lockdowns and ...

April 8, 2020
COVID-19: Five things helping Unbound respond - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread through countries around the world, many nonprofits have had to suspend or significantly alter their methods for delivering goods and services and staying ...

March 18, 2020
Unbound community update: pandemic response - The COVID-19 pandemic is causing significant concerns and disruptions around the world, including many countries where Unbound sponsors and families served by our programs live. During times of crisis, ...

Unbound Elders See Ocean for First Time

July 22, 2019
Unbound remains highest-rated child sponsorship organization in U.S. - Unbound remains highest-rated child sponsorship organization in U.S. With the release of 2019 ratings, Unbound maintained its status as the highest-rated child sponsorship organization with CharityWatch, ...

June 25, 2019
Ohio grade school sponsors children in 11 countries - Ohio grade school sponsors children in 11 countries Students at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Toledo, Ohio, make a positive difference year-round through their support of kids across the globe. The ...

June 11, 2019
Dream of playing major league baseball a step closer - Dream of playing major league baseball a step closer While baseball remains America’s beloved summer game, in the Dominican Republic it’s a way of life and a year-round passion. For a fortunate few, ...

April 16, 2019
Scholarship program boosts education, job skills - The Unbound Scholarship Program gives high school and college-age students a chance to continue their educations and learn valuable skills that make them stand out in a competitive job market. Unbound ...

March 18, 2019
Celebrating the impact of Unbound's elder program - Celebrating the impact of Unbound's elder program Unbound, the only major U.S. sponsorship organization that works with elders, is celebrating a major milestone. It has been 35 years since the start of ...

One answer to the loneliness epidemic:
A day at the beach

February 25, 2019
Families experience flooding after earthquake - The flooding occurred when a retaining wall collapsed as a result of the earthquake. The affected families live in communities in the province of Guayas on the Pacific coast. They are served by Unbound’s ...

December 31, 2018
5 of Unbound’s proudest moments in 2018 - As 2018 comes to an end, Unbound shares five of its proudest moments from the year. 1 Without any government funding or major foundation grants, Unbound reached $2 billion in total revenue ...

January 22, 2019
Survey finds elders have more access to medicine, nutrition - Survey finds elders have more access to medicine, nutrition Elders in Unbound experience less loneliness and social isolation, a lower incidence of hunger and greater access to health care, a survey ...

January 18, 2019
Unbound collaborates on book for pope - Unbound collaborates on book for pope In 2017, Unbound received a request from Loyola Press to collaborate on an exciting project: a book commissioned by Pope Francis to draw attention to the global community ...

January 9, 2019
Unbound families affected by flooding and fire - Two unrelated disasters have impacted communities in the Philippines. About 200 families served through Unbound suffered property damage and loss of possessions when Typhoon Usman struck Dec. 29-30.

August 19, 2019
Unbound helps elders feel connection - Unbound helps elders feel connection On Sunday, Sept. 8, Americans will honor senior adults in observance of National Grandparents Day. But how can everyone join in on the intergenerational fun? As ...

December 18, 2018
Unbound on Consumer Reports’ best charities list - Consumer Reports included Unbound on its recently released list of best charities for donations. In compiling its list and tips for the giving season, Consumer Reports said it looked for consensus among ...

November 9, 2018
Toro receives community award for Unbound support - Toro receives community award for Unbound support @media only screen and (max-width: 767px) { .LEFT {float: none;} .RIGHT {float: none;} } Unbound sponsor Joaquin Toro received this year’s Carlos ...

October 23, 2018
Contributes to book on wisdom of elders - Contributes to book on wisdom of elders Former Unbound sponsored youth turned social worker Yenifer Valencia Morales joined Pope Francis in Rome Oct. 23 to celebrate the launch of his new book, “Sharing ...

October 16, 2018
High marks from all major charity watchdog sites earn Unbound top spot - High marks from all major charitywatchdog sites earn Unbound top spot Many individuals use independent charity evaluation websites such as CharityWatch, GuideStar and Charity Navigator to identify the ...

Former Sponsored Child Joins Pope in Rome

October 7, 2019
Mom runs farm start-up on her way out of poverty - Mom runs farm start-up on her way out of poverty Standing amid the rows of tomatoes, onions, green peppers and kale on her farm outside Nairobi, Diana Rose recounted how she started with a small shamba ...

October 30, 2019
Stairway to a safer community - Stairway to a safer community Imagine being unable to leave your neighborhood every time it rained. Or, if you do, you run the risk of falling, getting covered in mud or injuring yourself. That was the ...

October 14, 2019
Grassroots efforts propel new Unbound platform - Understanding the immense capacity of families to improve their lives and communities is at the forefront of what drives Unbound. The mindset that those living in poverty have the solutions to overcome ...

May 19, 2020
Together, moms in Kenya find financial power - Co-ops give members 'the ability to help yourself' Editor’s note: This story about Unbound’s savings and credit cooperative in Nairobi, Kenya, was written before the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds available ...

May 19, 2020
Why cash transfers work for families - Unbound believes in families, and our program model demonstrates that belief. Unbound uses cash transfers as the primary way to distribute benefits, which means sponsored individuals and their families ...

February 28, 2020
Competing To Become The Best They Can Be - Youths pursue their sports dreams It’s not uncommon to find highly motivated young people in the Unbound sponsorship program. Many are the accounts of sponsored youth who embrace the opportunity to ...

February 26, 2020
The Creative Spirit of Youth - Young people explore talents through the arts Education is one of the greatest assets a child can have in breaking free of a life of debilitating poverty. But a human being needs more than formal education ...

February 12, 2020
A closer look - Unbound social worker Lily Ouko wants the outside world to see what she sees in Kenya’s largest slum, and it’s more than the challenges residents face. Step by step, families in Kibera make progress Social ...

January 29, 2020
Taal Volcano evacuees head home - Families face difficult road back to normalcy For more than two weeks, hundreds of thousands of people in the Philippines have had their lives disrupted by threatening activity from the Taal Volcano, ...

January 27, 2020
A Place To Gather - Community turns run-down structure into meeting place When people in the U.S. hear the word "kiosk,” they likely think of a small stand or retail booth. But in Latin America, "kiosco" can also mean ...

January 16, 2020
From saving coins to reaching goals - Mom models value of saving for children, community While it's possible to create good habits at any stage of life, learning them early on is a benefit. Washing hands, brushing teeth, exercising — all ...

January 8, 2020
What sponsorship can do for a family - Raising a family is never easy. That’s true no matter where a person lives or what their economic situation is like. But for families with limited resources living in places where conditions make it difficult ...

December 30, 2019
Elders receive pope’s book featuring their stories - Elders receive pope’s book featuring their stories Unbound staff around the world enjoyed a little early Christmas by bearing gifts and bringing joy to people who couldn’t be more deserving of it.

December 18, 2019
Celebrate 2019 with us! - At Unbound, 2019 was a year full of exciting new initiatives, accolades and change for the organization. At Unbound, 2019 was a year full of exciting new initiatives, accolades and change for the ...

December 12, 2019
Steppingstone to a dream - Scholarship helped Unbound alum attain education A college degree is an impressive accomplishment for any young person, but especially so for someone who’s had to overcome poverty. Celvestre, 20, ...

December 2, 2019
Elders see benefits in connecting with others - To give and receive love is a basic human need but one that often goes unmet. The effects of social isolation and loneliness on physical and mental health, particularly in older people, are well-documented.

November 11, 2019
What Can $500 Do - Actually a lot, with the right people in charge What if donors simply gave money to families living in poverty and told them, “Do whatever you want, as long as it’s for the betterment of your community?” That ...

November 5, 2019
Guatemalan elder epitomizes entrepreneurial spirit - Guatemalan elder epitomizes entrepreneurial spirit Entrepreneurs are often sources of determination, perseverance and ingenuity. That's certainly true of 75-year-old sponsored elder Carlos in Guatemala. To ...

October 16, 2018
Unbound members in El Salvador affected by Hurricane Michael - @media only screen and (max-width: 767px) { .LEFT {float: none;} .RIGHT {float: none;} } Unbound members in El Salvador affected by Hurricane Michael Before Hurricane Michael hit the U.S. with ...

October 21, 2019
Community makes safe space for kids to play - For the people of Paraiso on the outskirts of Medellin, Colombia, creating a level playing field was more than a figure of speech. The lack of adequate recreational space for young people — and the problems ...

October 8, 2019
Unbound Mothers Map Out Their Futures - Old tradition helps women identify resources When challenging global poverty, one of the core tenets of healthy development is respecting the capabilities of the people you are there to serve, and building ...

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