Unbound: Empowering Women Across the Globe

Unbound: Empowering Women Across the Globe

Unbound: Empowering Women Across the Globe #BlogUnbound #CelebratingUnboundAs an American woman, I have had opportunities that many women around the world will never have. These opportunities have included receiving an education from an early age and the freedom to choose between a full-time career, staying at home, or a combination of both. In addition to intellectual opportunities, I have an advantage over many other women in that I have running water, access to medicine, and a skilled pediatrician. As a mom these are things that I can take for granted, but I realize that they all contribute to creating an environment in which I am empowered to care for my family and help my children be successful. On my recent trip to Merida, Mexico with Unbound, I discovered an organization at work empowering women in incredible and life-changing ways.

Unbound: Empowering Women Across the Globe #BlogUnbound #CelebratingUnbound

When you sponsor a child with Unbound, something very important happens. Aside from the obvious and primary mission of helping the child, something happens to the child’s mother upon sponsorship. When a child is sponsored, the child’s mother becomes part of the local mother’s group, a close-knit family of women working together toward self-reliance. The groups are vital because, as Unbound explains “Through these small groups, together, mothers define their families’ greatest needs, such as seed money for a small business, educational support or community activism. They organize to meet those needs with guidance and support from our projects.”

I met dozens of mothers in the Merida area who were part of a mother’s group. They meet a few times a month to learn marketable skills, homemaking skills, life skills, handicrafts, and family-oriented topics such as time management and parenting. Most of the women I met were what Unbound calls Contact Moms. These moms are leaders in their groups and are responsible for overseeing the group and encouraging the other moms. These amazing women inspired me with their dedication, intelligence, and drive to lift themselves and others out of the bonds of poverty and isolation. Here I am with Paolina and Veronica, two incredible Contact Moms.

Unbound: Empowering Women Across the Globe #BlogUnbound #CelebratingUnboundIf you consider yourself a women’s advocate, I encourage you to visit Unbound and sponsor a child today. It is so affordable and rewarding. You can make a difference for just $36 a month.

If you do not think you can afford a sponsorship, check out these creative ways you can afford to sponsor a child.

 

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Comments

  1. It is definitely an eye opener to see how women live in other parts of the world. It is SO easy to think people live similar to us and not realize the barriers still in place.

  2. This isn’t an organization that I have ever heard about but I love their mission! I am always looking for more charitable groups to support so thanks for sharing!

  3. Jenna Wood says:

    This sounds like it’s a great program for all involved, I love how the mothers become part of their own special community of support and recognition through their child’s sponsorship. Thanks for sharing their mission!

  4. We are very fortunate to live in a great country with so many opportunities but not everyone has that chance so it’s great to hear about opportunities to help others.

  5. I love programs like this that help kids out. It is so important to help kids to learn and grow.

  6. Greta Brinkley says:

    These kinds of programs are so very important to those families that don’t have the same advantages as we do in the US. Supporting them is important to everyone.

  7. What a great program. Helping to change another’s life for the better.

  8. I’m so happy there’s great programs like this empowering women across the globe! We’re making progress every day!

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