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.
Remember Jose Inocencio? The boy who lost both legs due to a landmine accident when he was only 12 years old? He is now 15 years old, and he is full of energy and enthusiasm. He adapted really well to his state-of-the-art prostheses, and integrated back into his life satisfactorily. He is going to school, playing soccer with his friend, and dreaming for a brighter future filled of happiness.
Recently, Jose Inocencio traveled to Bogota for his sockets refitting. He requires yearly prosthetic adjustments and change of sockets which will guarantee his mobility. He is growing fast and healthy, and he needs to have prostheses made more often as he grows.
Children and youngsters require prosthetic maintenance every year, depending on the wear and tear. Adjustments and maintenances of the prostheses is a life time need. With your support we can help them keep succeeding.
Thanks for your continuous support.
United for Colombia
On December 25th, 1998, Lina (at the age 13) was visiting her father, a police officer in the State of Huila, southwestern Colombia. That night, guerrilla fighters attacked the police station. Lina hid under a bunk bed, but unfortunately, the grenade exploded near her and seriously injured her right leg. Due to the severity of the accident, the medical team had to amputate her leg to save her life.
Before receiving care from United for Colombia, Lina was using a very rudimentary prosthesis that caused her additional pain in her back. This back pain prevented her from walking long periods of time. But thanks to the perseverance of United for Colombia and the donations from caring individuals, today, Lina has a state-of-the-art prosthesis, and can now carry out many physical activities.
Additionally, in view of the desire to succeed and give back to society, Lina has finished her Law studies at the University of Huila and is currently working in a well-known multinational company located in Bogota, the capital of Colombia.
Lina got over a painful past and she is building now a brighter future, thanks to your help.
There are more children and young people who need our support. Let’s make a brighter future for them too.
Carlos Amaya, is one of our beneficiaries touched by your kind heart. He lost his left leg due to a grenade explosion. He was only 7 years old when the accident happened. (More information attached)
Thanks to you he can walk and play like any other kid. He is now 13 years old and he keeps growing, having a healthy and happy life full of wonderful opportunities.
Every year he needs his prosthesis to be repaired or changed. He is a fast growing kid, so his prosthesis must be adjusted to fulfill his new height and weight.
Please keep being part of Carlos’ life and many other children like him.
We really appreciate your generous support.
Attached you can find UFC latest Newsletter, where you may find information about our organization and the work we've been doing related with the Project "Give medical treatment to 61 Colombian war victims".
Thank you for your support and for helping us to give a new hope to our beneficiaries.
These are the main topics of the Newsletter:
- UFC is a proud sponsor of PorColombia’s Colombian Student and Professional Conference on April 13-15, 2012.
- Thank you to Rotary International for many years of success! 26 children, all landmine victims, now have new opportunities in life after receiving state-of-the-art orthopedic care thanks to Rotary International’s $140,000 five-year grant to UFC.
- Thank you to everyone who supported UFC at the 2011 Bogotá Media Maraton! With the remarkable $30,000 raised, 15 severely wounded children will now receive specialized medical treatment.
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