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EXPLORING CULTURE

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Saving the environment is something to smile about! Samuel (left) and his sister Monica (right) are both sponsored members in Nairobi, Kenya. They work with their father (center) to build and sell environmentally friendly cooking stoves.

 
 
 

THIS MUSIC WAS BORN IN DUSTY STREETS, AND IN FIELDS THAT ECHO WITH THE SOUNDS OF CHILDREN PLAYING.

The Voices of Unbound: Madagascar album was created to celebrate the talent and culture of our Unbound community. The songs in this collection are entirely their own, written, performed and recorded by sponsored members and their families, and passed on to us to share with the world.

With borrowed instruments, the artists instilled passion into each song. Amidst fragile and failing systems, each musician has lifted their oft-muted voices, connecting across oceans and continents.

This collection is evidence that hope is abundant in humble habitations, that we are called to be part of something bigger than ourselves, and that perhaps amongst communities along red dirt roads and tucked away high up in the mountains, it’s time to follow a new set of leaders.

The solution has always been there.

Eliminating extreme poverty from our world altogether will require increasingly targeted and tailored approaches. And it will require greater participation and control by the communities affected. We need their expertise. We need their ideas. And we need to listen to their voices.

 
 
 
 

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Follow the story of 13 teenagers living in poverty in the Philippines who, despite the uncertainties of their daily life, lead the way as a concert blooms into a celebration and becomes a force for positive change in Zamboanga City.


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Fashion from around the world

Fashion says a lot. It can show where you’re from, connect you to cultural traditions, be an outlet for artistic expression or serve practical purposes. No matter where you live in the world, fashion brings a sense of community.


 
 

Maasai of Kenya

Maasai of Kenya


The Maasai wear multiple layers of clothing. From cotton cloth to beaded belts, each piece is colorful and vibrant, as shown in this 2019 photo.

The last piece of the Maasai outfit is called a shuka. There are two types of shuka. One is a full-length tube of fabric tied over one shoulder, and the other is a blanket-sized cloth that wraps around the shoulders and ties in front, if worn by a woman. Men wrap the outer shuka around their bodies.

“[These clothes] make me feel like a true Maasai woman in a world that no longer values culture,” Malee said in a 2014 interview. “I feel so honored to represent my culture through my Maasai attire.”

Dumagats of the Philippines

Dumagats of the Philippines


The Dumagats are considered among the earliest indigenous communities in the Philippines. Their clothing style was influenced by what they found in the mountains and has been handed down through the generations, including the red coloring.

Earlier generations of Dumagats dyed their cloth using sap from a local tree called polok-polok. This tree grows in abundance, making it easily accessible. The Dumagats also consider red to be the prettiest color, and wearing it means they’re part of what makes the mountain beautiful.

The beads used to make their jewelry are called tigbi. The beads are made using seeds from a local plant bearing the same name. The Dumagats believe their jewelry is priceless, and preferable to gold or silver. Their headdress symbolizes a crown of goodwill, and the Dumagats will offer the headdress from their own head to a guest.

Lambadi of India

Lambadi of India


The Lambadi are a semi-nomadic tribe in India. This is reflected in their fashion by the durability and multi-use function of their clothing.

“Every piece of clothing has some utility or another,” said Kamili, whose son was sponsored through Unbound, in a 2014 interview. “The ‘ghungto’, the head cover, can turn into a bag when needed. We also use different kind of stitches in our clothing to make it strong and durable. Our clothes are designed for a nomadic lifestyle.”

Along with durability, the Lambadi women decorate their clothes with great intricacy. They use beads, mirrors, embroidery and shells to turn their garments into works of art.

Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala

Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala


Those living in the Santiago Atitlan area of Guatemala wear a style of clothing with roots in the Mayan culture. Sponsored child Josefa and her parents, Juan and Magdalena, shared with us the special meaning behind their traditional garments in a 2014 interview.

"The outfit says that I am from Santiago Atitlan," Josefa said. "There are several pieces to my outfit. The corte is the traditional skirt, the faja a traditional belt, the huipil is the traditional blouse and the reboso is the traditional shawl. The tocoyal is the traditional hair and head piece for Mayan girls." The tocoyal is unique to the women of Santiago Atitlan.

"The length of the tocoyal represents life,” Juan said. “An elder woman uses a tocoyal up to 75 feet long. The designs on the huipil represent nature; there are birds, flowers and patterns in the shape of volcanoes.

"Our ancestors called Santiago Atitlan “birds’ house” because people built their homes with straw and there are many birds in the mountains. And that is why we decorate our clothes with bird figures. Atitlan is a beautiful town. Our ancestors decided to decorate our clothing with the things that represent that beauty."

El Salvador

El Salvador


Leonardo, whose stepson was sponsored through Unbound, is a farmer in El Salvador. He shared in a 2014 interview that his hat comes from indigenous Salvadoran styles, and is an important part of his wardrobe. In addition to showing that Leonardo comes from a rural area, the hat also does the important job of keeping the sun off his face as he works

 


 
 
 

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Words of Inspiration

Scott Wassserman, Unbound president and CEO Diana Rose, a mother and farmer in Kenya Kathleen, an Unbound sponsor Jafet, a student and entrepreneur in Bolivia Olga, a former street vendor and restaurant owner in Peru Bernard, a basket weaver in Kenya Bob Hentzen, Unbound's late co-founder Christine - a gardener and grandmother in Kenya Erastus, who farms a small piece of land in Kenya Pope Francis Abby Marie Harris, Unbound sponsor and board member Bob Hentzen, Unbound's late co-founder Maria, a mother in Guatemala