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!
Aleida is a courageous and gorgeous woman, who keeps smiling despite adversity.
At the young age of 17, Aleida lost her left leg below the knee due to a landmine accident. She was working as a cook with her mom for the fishing community. She went to pick up some coconuts for lunch and stepped on a landmine planted approximately 20 meters (66 feet) from the beach, at Bahia Solano (ranked as one of the top 100 world’s best beaches by CNN)
With the support of United for Colombia, and many generous people, Aleida was able to receive a state-of-the-art left leg prosthesis in 2009. Since then, she has been receiving yearly prosthetic adjustments and change of sockets to guarantee her mobility.
Aleida lives with her mother, sister and two children (7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old boy). She is currently working in a family home, is finishing high school (currently seventh grade), and enjoying her free time dancing and playing with her children.
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