We hope you had a delightful and happy Holiday Season!
Your kindness is helping to restore the lives of many Colombian war victims, turning their hopes and dreams into vibrant realities. Thanks to your support, United for Colombia was able to provide in 2011 comprehensive medical care to 18 children and 17 servicemen.
Ferson Gutierrez, an 18-year-old boy, is one of these beneficiaries. In February 2011, he was walking with friends and came across a metallic tube. Being curious, he picked it up and without warning, the tube exploded. Ferson lost both legs due to the incident. With your support, Ferson received two technologically advanced legs in the fall of 2011, and he is now walking again.
Please find attached the up-to-date and exciting news-worthy information in our Nov 2011-Jan 2012 Newsletter. United for Colombia would like to keep on sharing with you stories like Jerson’s.
Have a wonderful New Year!
United for Colombia
Attached you can find UFC latests Newsletter, where you may find information about our organzation 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.
She is Emilcen (watch video attached), a 19-year-old young girl, who lost her left leg below the knee due to a grenade accident. Her accident occurred when she was only 10 years old, at her hometown of Pisba, Boyacá, approximately two hours from Bogotá (Colombian Capital). Her younger brother, Ferney, found a grenade and brought it home, thinking it was a toy. The grenade exploded and killed three of her family members, including her father, younger brother (Ferney) and her sister.
For six years, United for Colombia has supported Emilcen’s prosthetic medical care treatment. This month, Emilcen returned for the sixth time to Otto Bock, a prosthetic rehabilitation center in Bogotá, to get her prosthetic leg re-adjusted. She has received numerous physical therapy sessions and professional psychological care to regain full wellness and health. However, United for Colombia is looking for additional funders to keep supporting Emilcen’s full rehabilitation.
Today, she is working to support her mother. Her dream is to become a Prosthetic Technician to help many people who need prosthesis; especially children, Colombia’s most vulnerable people as a result of the devastating effects of the war against drugs and terrorism.
“Thanks to God I had the opportunity to walk again…and smile again”, says Emilcen.
Together we can help other children, just like Emilcen, and give them the possibility to smile again...
Please click the link bellow to watch the rehabilitation process of one of our most recent beneficiary.
He is Jose Inocencio, a 13 year old boy who lost both legs due to a landmine accident in a small village located in the state of Arauca (Northeastern Colombia) called Tame. On August 6th, 2010 Jose Inocencio was walking with other people, when he accidently stepped on a landmine. Every person was injured, but none as profoundly as he was wounded.
With the support of many generous donors, United for Colombia was able to finance state-of-the-art prostheses from Otto Bock, at Bogota (Colombian Capital) facilities, a world-renowned prosthesis manufacturer and treatment center. Additionally, he received physical therapies and psychological counseling to help him adjust to the loss of their limbs and to accept their new prostheses satisfactorily.
He is very happy because he can walk again and he’s very grateful for all the support received. He can now carry out many activities and even play soccer (as shown in the video), his favorite sport. His dream is to become an Airplane Pilot.
With your help more children can walk again. Give them the opportunity to regain a sense of hope for a better future.
Thanks to our donors
Thanks to the contribution of many different helping hands around the world, 55 Colombians, who have suffered amputations and several injuries due to the devastating aftermath of antipersonnel landmines and other explosive, received medical treatment, and physical and psychological rehabilitation.
These Colombians now have a new opportunity in life to return back into society with hope and dignity. These beneficiaries started a new path towards a promising educational future, such as enrolling in basic training programs in primary and secondary education, as well as attending technical training courses and professional studies at local Universities. By acquiring these skills, our beneficiaries will be better equipped to succeed in socio-economic programs and labor reintegration processes.
But many others need our help....
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