Learn about the impact of COVID-19 on the global Unbound community.

UNBOUND COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE

If we all take care of ourselves now, we will soon get through this situation – Johan, sponsored youth
"If we all take care of ourselves now, we will soon get through this situation." — Sponsored youth Johan (center), pictured with his mom, Teodomira (left), and sister, Andrea, in Mexico.

Unbound program operations overseas have been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this period of disruption, Unbound will continue to deliver sponsorship benefits through funds transferred to individual accounts electronically, or benefits will be held for families if banking operations are temporarily halted.

You can help. Donate to Unbound’s Disaster Response fund and put critical resources in the hands of families severely impacted by COVID-19. Families will receive funds through direct cash transfers.

Disaster Response


What Unbound is doing

  • Gifts to the Disaster Response fund help families most affected by the COVID-19 crisis through direct cash transfers, which are made to the individual accounts where they already receive the majority of their sponsorship benefits.
  • Our program staffs continue to monitor the situation in each country and offer support to families.
  • All international travel is suspended indefinitely.
  • Visits to sponsored friends on our group awareness trips or through individual sponsor visits are postponed until further notice.
  • The staff at our Kansas City headquarters is working remotely in support of social distancing guidelines.

How you might be affected

  • It's likely you may experience longer hold times when contacting us by phone.
  • Responding to emails from you may take longer than our standard three business days.
  • Photos and letters from sponsored friends, along with general responses from our field staffs, will be delayed.

Things you can do

  • Consider emailing us instead of calling to avoid long wait times on hold.
  • Go online. If you haven’t already, register at Unbound.org where you can manage your account and stay informed.
  • Keep children, elders and families served by Unbound in your thoughts and prayers daily.
  • Give to Unbound's Disaster Response fund to support families in need through cash transfers.

Lets Walk Together Resource Center

During this time of new challenges and uncertainty, we hope to provide some positivity when we need it most. Venture out with Unbound as we explore other cultures, discover fun activities for families and find inspiration from our community around the world.

Covid-19 Update

Check our Newsroom for the latest updates.

FAMILIES NAVIGATE COVID-19 CRISIS
APRIL 8, 2020
Social distancing, curfews, lockdowns and other restrictions mean families making their living in the informal economy now have little or no income. That’s especially destabilizing for day laborers, street vendors, domestic workers and others when safety nets such as unemployment benefits are unavailable. READ MORE

COVID-19: FIVE THINGS HELPING UNBOUND RESPOND
APRIL 8, 2020
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 connected to the marginalized communities they serve. At Unbound, here are five dynamics that we're seeing help in the midst of the crisis: READ MORE

UNBOUND COMMUNITY UPDATE: PANDEMIC RESPONSE
MARCH 18, 2020
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, populations with limited resources, like the families of children who are sponsored through Unbound, face substantial challenges. READ MORE

Messages of Hope

Unbound families around the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but they still have joy to share. We've gathered their messages of hope to share with you.

Other Resources

Why Social Distancing Won't Work for Us The Correspondent
Keep a distance from each other. Work from home. Or rely on a social safety net. The measures against the coronavirus pandemic are made by and for those parts of the world that can afford to retreat in individualism. But for millions of people in cities like Lagos, Nigeria, there’s no such thing as socially distancing yourself. READ MORE

COVID-19 World Map CDC
How are countries around the world being affected by the coronavirus pandemic? READ MORE

Thank you for your support of Unbound at this critical time. Because of caring people like you, families have resources and a supportive community to help them be more resilient and recover in emergencies. Please know of our prayers for you and your loved ones as we walk together through this crisis.