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.
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions: eat healthy, get organized, save more, forget less. Even with the best of intentions, many resolutions fall by the wayside. If you’ve made a resolution, we want you to achieve it. Let the story of one Colombian mother’s personal transformation inspire you to succeed in your own goals for 2016.
Beneranda lives in Nicaragua with her husband and sons in a small cinder block home. It is a humble dwelling, but one she waited more than 50 years to own. Beneranda is filled with gratitude and considers herself greatly blessed. As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., let us be inspired by those who, like Beneranda, have been blessed with that priceless gift of gratitude.
Their smiles in a family photo show nothing of how hard it’s been for Carlos, Ena and their children in El Salvador. They’ve persevered through poverty, the children’s health problems, losing their home in a storm and Carlos and Ena almost giving up on their marriage. Through it all, they’ve relied on faith, love for each other and the love of others to remain resilient.
Stereotypes about those living in poverty are everywhere — that the poor are lazy or they just want handouts. But Henry Flores, director of the Unbound communications center in El Salvador, has been working with the poor for more than 20 years and sees beyond the stereotypes.