Unbound founder Bob Hentzen walked thousands of miles in solidarity with the families in our program to let them know they were not alone, that our community of sponsors, staff and volunteers were with them to counterbalance the isolating effects of poverty. He also sought to raise awareness of the realities and capabilities of marginalized people.
Before Al Nhadzar of the Philippines was sponsored at age 12, he hoped for a sponsor not only to help with his education, but to have a friend in another part of the world. Al Nhadzar, who goes by Al, found that friend in Unbound sponsor Patricia of New York.
A self-employed carpenter for 31 years, Mark has had to jump a lot of hurdles to get his business — and his family — to the steady place they are now. His daughter, Veronika, is sponsored through Unbound and he attributes much of the family’s economic stability to her sponsorship.
Working through the shifting cultural and economic realities in the developing world can be a challenge for fathers. This is especially true in places where, traditionally, a man’s self-esteem is tied to his ability to provide for his family. Learn more about Randy’s family, sponsored through Unbound.
Many fathers struggle under these conditions and their stress can manifest itself in harmful ways. Alcoholism, domestic abuse and family abandonment are serious problems in countries where poverty is rampant and unemployment is high.
That’s why it’s important to recognize fathers like Randy in the Philippines. He’s one of thousands of dads throughout the Unbound community who, out of love and commitment, have adapted to do what must be done to serve the needs of their families.
Colombia has a long history of violence between government forces and militant groups. But increasingly there seems to be hope of a more lasting peace between the Farc rebels and the government. Though peace may be close, the decades-long conflict has created a huge impact, especially for families like Martha’s. Read how Unbound has responded.
2016 is an exceptional year, with Pope Francis proclaiming this The Holy Year of Mercy. During this time, the pope has invited not only Catholics but all people of goodwill to enter into deeper reflection on the concept of mercy. So let’s reflect a bit, through the lens of Unbound.