Give Luz a chance to play with her kids!



Luz Erlender Leal is a 30 year-old single mother of 2. Luz's life change 10 years ago when she was walking to the rural municipality of La Ceja from her parents little house in the mountains, and she stepped on a landmine. Luz spent time in a coma and lost her leg, which made the task of taking care of her young babies and working full-time, this project will give her a prosthesis and allow her to use both her leg and hands to work and more importantly play with her kids.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Luz lost her leg when she was a victim to one of the thousand of land mines that threaten the lives of rural people in Colombia. She works long hours at a restaurant, but seen she has to move around in crutches and she has to remain sitting down almost the entire time which prevents her from getting a better paying job as a waitress, and even worse does not allow her to play with her children and walk them to school safely, her worst fear is they have to walk alone in dangerous roads.

How will this project solve this problem?

With your help we will give Luz a new leg and the possibility to get a better job, and walk her children to school safely, making sure they are not hurt in the same way she was. With her prostheses, Luz will not only be able to walk, run and play with her kids but she will also regain use of her hands which she now uses to move around with her crutches she will be able to cook and care for her family more easily and get better economic opportunities for her and her children.

Potential Long Term Impact

Makavir Kmina provides prostheses to 250 amputees per year. This project will provide in a one-year period, prostheses to 20 children and youth between 1 and 25 years old who have suffered lower limb amputation allowing them to become independent in their daily life activities. This is important because they will have the opportunity to return to school, college or work, thus improving their living conditions and those of the people around them.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,500

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,500 .  The original project funding goal was $1,500.



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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Juan Rodrigo Mejia

Executive Director
Itagui, Antioquia Colombia

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