Luz Emerita was born in a small town in the State of Antioquia, northwestern Colombia. When she was only 11 years old, the FARC guerilla group recruited her to be responsible for cooking ans servicing the commanders. Several years later, when she was 14 years old, Luz Emerita was sent on a routine trip to get water from a nearby river. On her way to the river, she tripped and fell over a landmine, due to the impact she lost her right leg below the knee.
Stationed in one of the most remote parts of Colombia´s jungle, Luz Emerita´s medical condition only worsened. She had no medical help in the camp, and due to her disability, she was declare low priority to the guerrillas. Thankfully, however, Luz Emerita was brave enough - with the help of another child soldier - to flee the guerrillas. And with luck, they both scaped succesfully and she was under goverment protection until she turned 18 years old.
With the support of generous donors, United for Colombia has taken care of Luz Emerita´s orthopedic rehabilitation and medical cost since the time of her accident. In October of 2008 and through her growing years, Luz Emerita has received 4 highly-advanced prostheses to help her walk with ease and confidence. This new beginning in life has brought so much happiness to Luz Emerita as the photos demonstrate, she clearly shines with a buoyant and radiant personality. Even though she has experienced a grave accident at such young age, today, she is full of smiles and has an optimistic outlook on life.
Luz Emerita just turned 23 and is now living in Medellin, Antioquia. On July of 2014, she graduated from High School. Nowadays, she is studying at a Beauty School and is eager to become a Full Salon Specialist.
Special thanks to our many Global Giving Donors!
José Inocencio is a 17-year-old boy from Tame, Arauca. On 2010, he stepped on a landmine that was hidden in a road near his house and lost his legs. Nowadays, he lives with his parents and five siblings. José greatly enjoys spending time with his family and friends and is passionate about helping his family with farming and living in the forest where he grew up. His mother works in the coffee fields and his father cuts trees in the forest. After almost a month receiving physical and psychological therapy at the Centro Integral de Rehabilitacion de Colombia (CIREC) headquarters in Bogotá, José is so happy to return home, finish his school and be back with his family and community.
United for Colombia has helped José several times, providing him with medical assistance and financial resources to support his two prosthetic legs, vitamins, medical appointments and psychological assistance.
United for Colombia has also helped José to improve his quality of life and social well-being. In addition to his high-quality new prosthetic legs, United for Colombia provides José with academic, vocational and life-skills training such as training on how to be organized, how to maintain his prosthetic legs and how to perform well in his studies.
José is an example of “If you want, you can!”
“Thank you for my two new legs!”
— José Inocencio, 17 years old
Thanks to the support of “Suma Activos S.A.S.”, we were able to execute the program “Apoyo Escolar” (School Support), benefiting 13 children victims of colombian´s armed conflict.
All of the beneficiaries received basic resources for the development of their academic year, including pens, pencils, notebooks, an atlas, dictionaries and a backpack, were some of the school supplies given to the children.
Besides, working with the ICBF (Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar), was executed the Rehabilitation Program, in which we intended to provide medical attention to the beneficiaries. With the support of the institutions Otto Bock, Salud Visual Integral and Orthopraxis, we delivered prosthesis to the children, who due to the war, suffered amputation somewhere in their bodies.
We are doing every effort taking account the importance of our labor in the social inclusion and development of the children, supporting education as a basic need, and building confidence for their personal growth, allowing them to dream big and achieve their goals.
Keep up with the good will, we truly appreciate your support.
United for Colombia
At age 11, Ramiro was doing agriculture jobs when he accidentally activated a landmine. This explosive device caused the total loss of his vision and severe injuries on his body, particularly on his left hand, in which he lost his fingers.
Since 2012, Ramiro has been receiving comprehensive rehabilitation assistance from United for Colombia. He received a facial prosthesis and prosthetic eye.
His recovery process has been complex due to the severity of his wounds. However, Ramiro keeps studying his secondary education and aspires to be a professional musician.
Thanks to our donor and their constant support, children like Ramiro keep faith to gain the well-being and the recovery they need to continue a joyful and ambitious life.
Thanks for keeping their hopes alive!
On August 3, 2013 United for Colombia enjoyed a lovely moment with their beneficiaries and their families. We got together to share the happiness of our triumphs of living a life of hope and optimism.
Our beneficiaries are now enjoying a better quality of life as well as their families. They recovered their health and independence, securing a brighter future for themselves. These triumphs are thanks to those kindhearted people caring to serve others and make their dreams come true.
Our supporters allow us to reach our goals, the goals of those waiting to walk again. Your deep conviction in supporting our mission makes possible to touch and change the life of many Colombians in need.
Thanks again for your kind hearth!
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