Our family learned about Unbound during a presentation by a couple involved with the Charity after Church.
We sponsor 2 children. The 2 children are of similar age of our 2 oldest kids. It has been fun to learn about them, their families, and to see them grow. Unbound also supports seniors, which helps poor seniors as they age.
Unbound makes it easy to write letter online. They provide translated letters from the sponsor children and or families - depending on the age of the child being sponsored. We've also received pictures, which are fun to get.
Unbound keeps cost low to deliver 93+% of donations to the families. I am impressed with their philosophy to empower the families in directing the money to how it is most impactful. They promote education and betterment of the community. They are making a difference and helping promote a greater understanding of one another.
i look forward to supporting this charity for many more years. If you haven't, please consider supporting Unbound's mission.
I've been an Unbound supporter and donor since 2017 when I heard a missionary priest in church talk about this wonderful program that helps give poor children and elderly the chance at a better life through financial support and encouragement. Having no children myself, I felt called, and after Mass I went over to the table and saw pictures of all the beautiful children. I tell you it was not easy choosing just one, but it's all I could do. And so I sponsored my first child, from Colombia, and we have been writing back and forth every since. I enjoy receiving pictures of him every year and seeing how he is growing up. It gives me much joy to know I can do a little something to give a child a better life. May God bless all the poor children around the world. Thank you Unbound for all the good you do, God bless you!
I have been an Unbound sponsor for 12 years. I travelled to 5 countries with Unbound's mission awareness week to meet my Unbound friends.
What a wonderful experience. The local Unbound staff works with our sponsored friends to see that our contributions are wisely spent. Each sponsored person was delightful and grateful for the financial.and moral support.
UNBOUND IS THE BEST.
I have been a sponsor for more than 30 years and a volunteer for more than 10 years. It has been an honor to sponsor friends from Chile, Honduras, Nicaragua, Rep. Dominicana & Perú. It was very rewarding experience to visit twice my friends in Nicaragua and to visit the Unbound headquarters in Kansas to meet many of their employees and volunteers.
My second niece Bridgette has the most beautiful heart. It's because of her that I befriended Elizabeth from Ecuador through Unbound about six years ago.
When I lived closer, I used to go to the same parish as Bridgette, my older sister and her family. One day at Mass, a priest from Unbound was speaking of the children and elders needing help. Bridgette and I were looking at the photos after Mass and she asked me if I would let her help me pick out "my child." (How can you say "no" to a sweet then eight-year-old niece? I've never learned how :-)).
Bridgee thought Elizabeth was a good fit for me because we both had brown eyes and hair, she has the same middle name as her big sis/my goddaughter and she (Bridgee) and Elizabeth are about the same age.
It's been almost six years ago now since I've befriended Elizabeth and it's been such a blessing to exchange letters and photos with her, watch her grow up and succeed, and help her and her family through Unbound. Fellow aunts, be sure to listen to those wise nieces in your lives, especially those with big hearts like Bridgette's :-)
We have been sponsors with Unbound for more than 20 years. This incredible organization has enabled us to truly make a difference and to follow our sponsored child from toddlerhood to adulthood. After our sponsored child graduated from the program, we chose to sponsor another young girl and an elder.
Our family has been blessed to sponsor with Unbound since 2015. We sponsor a child in the Philippines and an elder in India. Additionally, I have traveled on three Sponsor Awareness trips with Unbound to see their work firsthand. I can't say enough not only about the character and excellence of Unbound in their shepherding of our donated resources, but also about their role in helping our family come into closer relationship and solidarity with other families around the world. Highly recommend!
We have sponsored a child in Guatemala for the past 10 years. She is now 16 and studying to be a teacher. We receive letters and photos regularly and she is always so grateful. It warms our hearts to see her grow and know that we are a part of her journey. Unbound has been excellent in keeping us posted when events affect her country and program. This is a very worthwhile charity that works directly in the communities to strengthen families, support mothers, and educate children.
I have been apart of Unbound for many years (it was still called CFCA). Being able to bless families around the world in a direct way is priceless. The charity has very low overhead so almost all I donate goes to the family. I have developed life-changing relationships with my sponsored families.
I have been sponsoring my child for about ten years now. It has been wonderful to watch this young, tentative boy grow into a confident, well rounded young man. I am so happy that I have been able to help him on his journey to responsible adulthood.
I love getting letters from him and hearing how he is doing in school and how he helps his family. Getting pictures of him as he has grown is an extra bonus!
I'm glad that I listened to the Holy Spirit as he guided me to make a difference in the world, one child at a time.
Fabulous charity. We have sponsored a young man Milton from El Salvador for 16 years. He was 3 years old when we started our relationship with him. We regularly received letters & he us studying to be a policeman. We love him & feel so proud of him.
I have been helping a young girl from the Philippines for three years. Her mother writes letters and sends photos of her daughter, and she can pay for her daughter's schooling with my monthly donation. I first heard of Unbound through a retired priest who came to tell the parish about it three years ago. I was impressed with their record of very low overhead. Many who work for it are volunteers. Almost all the money goes to the beneficiaries.
Unbound has enabled us to help out a little girl in Guatemala who has a lot of promise to grow up and improve her life and many others.
The personal connection between the elderly person and her family and me, the Unbound sponsor, is unlike any other charitable endeavour - it's so positive and definitely a two way benefit. I love that I'm not just sending money.
Best value in eloping keep families together by helping a child and the family.
Very little wasted money. No glam no glitz, just serious people who know how to get things done.
Rules can make it tough for children and family to stay in program, but maybe we need a world with more rules, less anything goes.
Efficient, noble and excellent follow up.
If you save just one child, together we can save the world..
En el mes de julio viajamos mi esposo y yo a Guatemala con un grupo de 36 personas a visitar a nuestros ahijados, fue una esperiencia única, que a mi en lo personal me cambió la vida, conocí personalmente a mi ahijado que hoy tiene 16 años pero lo padrino desde que tenia 5 años y sentir su agradecimiento y cariño me emociono mucho ya que solo había platicado con el por carta. Esta oportunidad que unbound me dio de conocerlo fue maravillosa, hoy puedo decir que ya no soy la misma persona. Gracias unbound In the month of July my husband and I traveled to Guatemala with a group of 36 people to visit our godchildren, it was a unique experience, which personally changed my life. I personally met my godson who is now 16 years old. but I have been a sponsor since I was 5 years old and I feel his gratitude and affection, I am very excited because I had only talked with him by letter. This opportunity that unbound gave me to meet him was wonderful, today I can say that I am no longer the same person. Thanks unbound
I have been a sponsor for close to 14 years and at present have 3 children that I sponsor. I love this organization and i know the funds are well managed. I have been on a couple of mission trips with them and have seen first hand all the good that these caring people do. I like that they allow the sponsored families to make decisions on where they can best use their sponsors funds. I have received letters from my sponsored children who comment on how wonderful they are treated by the staff.
I have watched my sponsored child grow up, hear about her trials in school and in life and hear about the hope, preparation and optimism her and other sponsored children get from being in the program. We exchange letters and pictures. It's a great program.
When this organization was the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) under the founder, it was 100% for the poor. It was established by the founder at least 40 years ago and the employees were there for years. They all were devoted to the cause. Once the founder passed away, Unbound took over and is claiming to operate the way the founder did. Unbound has raised the prices of sponsorship of the children and is giving less in benefits. The previous staff fought these changes and word got out to sponsors. Sponsors confronted Unbound and they claimed the staff misunderstood due to language differences. A year later the staff was fired or threatened of being fired for not conforming. Eventually the staff quit or got fired one being a previous catholic priest. The founder used to take all children for an annual outing, that benefit was removed. The founder delivered bags of food which included beans, rice, coffee, tuna, milk, cookies....(we helped pack them). Now Unbound gives them a debit card telling sponsors the families can buy what they need making it sound like it is a better benefit, but according to the sponsored family we had, it was nothing. The founder allowed sponsors to send gifts to their sponsored child. Unbound cut that benefit saying sponsors were sending to large of packages . We believe it was to save on overhead and staff. The previous staff says Unbound had them living in fear. The sponsored families say they have them living in fear. The new name should be Bound not Unbound.
Creo firmemente que unbound es una organización con un potencial y una manera hermosa, bella de brindar apoyo a todos aquellos que la necesitan, y para los que trabajamos en ella una escuela de Vida... fui parte de esta organización y puedo decir que fue la mejor experiencia en el campo laboral, donde la mejor paga, fue la gratitud y esa sensación rica, de sentir impecable esa paz y satisfacción al trabajar por los necesitados, y aprender de ellos... unbound la llevo siempre en mi corazón... y les comparto que estoy en la creación de una fundación en mi país VENEZUELA... unbound ya no esta fisicamente en venezuela pero si en 3700 apadrinados, muchos trabajadores y familias de esta gran escuela unbounbarquisimeto- venezuela tierra donde fluye leche y miel.
What an incredible organization to be a part of! This has given me the chance to be a part of a young girl's life for many years now whom I may never actually meet face to face, but it has been a blessing to be a part of her life journey!
Iam a widow,Iam the chairlady of a widows group by name starlight widows and orphans support group.Iam kenya kisumu city.Iam really intrested in this organization.keep it up. Thanks
I am absolutely delighted at what I see as a well-run and well-structured nonprofit. It is my pleasure to be a participant in their charitable works and I hope to be able to continue on for many years.
We have sponsored several children since 2000, and currently have 3 in Colombia. As we finish our awareness trip, we realize the incredible work that Unbound continues to do, and saw firsthand the impact it has had on our boys. Being able to receive letters and pictures from our boys has meant a lot...seeing them and holding them for the first time brings the reality of their lives into focus for us. We highly recommend taking an awareness trip with Unbound. Your lives and worldview will change!
We have been sponsors for over 7 years. Recently, we added another child to our sponsorship, allowing our 7 year old to choose her and make her a lifetime penpal. We are so blessed by Unbound and the connections it's allowed us to have with special children all over the world. We know that the lives of those families are equally blessed as well. We pray this charity can grow exponentially and increase it's impact each and every year.
I have been a sponsor for 10+ years and Unbound does incredible work. I have loved getting know my sponsored friends through letter writing, but have also had the opportunity to meet them by going on mission awareness trips to Honduras and Kenya. Sponsorship really does change their life as I was able to see firsthand! The in-country Unbound staff does a wonderful job working with sponsored friends in the country and making sure they receive the support they need to make life changing decisions with their sponsorship benefits. I cannot recommend this organization enough!
My husband and I sponsor three children, two in Kenya and one in Honduras. We have been sponsoring for four years and love receiving letters and pictures from all of them! We hope to have the opportunity to go on a Mission Awareness trip sometime in the near future to see the work happening in communities first hand.
This year we hosted a "sponsorship weekend" at our church in Houston. The staff at CFCA was very easy to work with and helpful in preparing for the event. At the end of the weekend, 84 children and aging were sponsored! The 84 people who were sponsored that weekend have had their life changed!
Our family has been sponsoring different children, young adults and an aged individual for about 15 years or more. It has been very gratifying for our family to learn about different cultures around the world. Unbound makes it very easy to sponsor and transition to another individual when they leave the program or for whatever reason. We feel our sponsorship dollars are well spent and are used for the many needs of our sponsored individuals.
I have sponsored a young woman from Kenya, through Unbound, and have watched her grow from a young 7year old to sweet 16. I have learned about her country, her family and of course her beautiful self. We communicate through email on the Unbound website and it warms my heart and fills me with gratitude when I see how my sponsorship has helped her, her family and her community. Thank you Unbound for your caring, creativity and integrity. I am proud to be a part of you.
We have supported twin boys in Guatemala through Unbound since 2005. The boys were 3 and are now 16. I had confirmation through pictures as well as letters that they received gifts that were mailed to them. Pictures of the boys wearing or holding gifts and pictures of what my sponsorship money had provided for them. They are still in school and active in their church. They have raised chickens, sheep and cows and now each boy has a pet dog. I am confident my money is well spent and the majority of my money is going to sponsor the boys and not for overhead cost or salaries.
We have been sponsors of a few different children for over 20 years with Unbound and are continually impressed with their efficient operation and the many hours that volunteers put in to make this great program work. It is a wonderful charity and helps us to help people we would never know how to reach otherwise. We have loved getting to know our sponsored children through their letters.
The most important reason I donate to Unbound is that I really believe in putting the 'receivers' to work with my money. (We should try this in the US...).
We have sponsored multiple children through Unbound for over 33 years. We believe in their model of helping families, allowing them to make choices that they believe best as they break through the cycle of poverty. We appreciate the emphasis on education and support for the entire family. Unbound has worked with us so that we could help three of our sponsored children continue their education post high school. Unbound is a fantastic program that is transparent with their financials and we continue to be amazed at how much they accomplish with the sponsorship amounts that they receive.
We have been sponsors for almost 17 years now. We have sponsored young children, teens and elders. We are currently sponsoring a boy in India who will be turning 12 this year; a young woman in the Philippines who will turn 20; and an older woman in the Philippines who will be 72 years young. We look forward to receiving their letters. It is amazing to see the growth in them with each letter they write. They grow in confidence, their health improves and their happiness also improves. They are filled with gratitude and love. We wouldn't miss it for the world!
Incredible organization! I have four sponsored children from Unbound. I love that we are able to communicate through letter and really get to know the children as well as provide mental support. Also I receive pictures for my sponsored children and get to know how much they have grown. Constant communication allows us to connect and build a relationship. Although I have never met them, we still build a bond. Unbound also host awareness trip which sponsors and sponsored children actually get to meet in person.
I've sponsored 3 children through Unbound and really feel I make a difference. I love the letters and pictures that each one sends and feel a real connection. I know they each enjoy my letters too. Definitely recommend Unbound.