Meet & Support Maria Carla: Our Unbound Child of the Month


Editor’s note: Many of you followed along with me during my travels with Unbound to the Philippines. I was able to witness there firsthand the amazing work being done by Unbound. I also had the unbelievable joy of meeting my own sponsored child and her family. I now know through this experience not only the blessings of Unbound sponsorship in the lives of children, but also the impact that sponsorship can have on those of us who become involved in Unbound’s mission! We’re thrilled to again be partnering with our friends at Unbound to be a part of their service to families around the world. Each month, Unbound joins us at to offer you the chance to partner tangibly with them by prayerfully considering sponsoring a child or aging friend. Lisa Hendey


Meet Maria Carla!

To sponsor Maria Carla (or other children), just click on this link!

Six year old Maria Carla loves pink and wants to be a doctor some day! With your help, she can achieve her goals.

Six year old Maria Carla loves pink and wants to be a doctor some day! With your help, she can achieve her goals.

Maria Carla is a beautiful six-year-old girl growing up in the Philippines. Her favorite color is pink. She always performs well in school and dreams of becoming a doctor. She helps her family at home by sweeping the backyard and washing the dishes

Maria Carla lives with her mother, brother and sister.  Her parents are separated, but her father continues to support the children and sees them on his days off. Her mother sells breakfast foods in order to earn an income for the family. She also accepts laundry work and receives financial support from Maria Carla’s father. She works very hard to provide for the entire family but she struggles on a daily basis to provide some of their basic needs. The four family members all live together in a small house made of plywood and cement, with a roof made of wood and iron sheets.

By sponsoring Maria Carla, she will begin to receive the tangible benefits such as education and nutrition. This will also provide the family to be fully integrated in a local caring community, with programs and services designed to improve their quality of life and empower them to break the cycle of poverty.

To sponsor Maria Carla (or other children), just click on this link!

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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