Protecting the health of Colombian orphans

 
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Emanuel, an 8 year old boy, had a blurry sight, he only saw shadows of the trees, mountains and buildings whose sight can be enjoyed from our offices outside Bogotá. He also conveyed to us that “I couldn’t play soccer either because I could not distinguish the court or the ball”. Now and thanks to you, he has a pair of glasses with which he can see clearly now his surroundings, the words on the board his teacher writes or the ball with which he plays soccer with his friends. Emanuel summarizes it in a sentence: “before, I saw ugly, now I see pretty”.

Just like Emanuel up to five of our children require monthly glasses or other gadgets such as special patches to improve their sight. According to Delia, the nurse at our institution, the most common diagnosis are amblyopia and astigmatism. When the former is detected early it is treatable and even curable. That is why it is so important that our children be assessed by an eye doctor as soon as possible and that they can get prompt access to the glasses and patches they are prescribed.

Some of the health insurance companies cover only 10% of the cost of lenses and frames whilst others provide very poor quality glasses.

You give our children the opportunity to enjoy durable and nice looking glasses and the possibility to transport them to their medical appointments, tests and glass shops. Thanks to you we can afford to pay an escorting person that goes with them and helps them.

On behalf of Emanuel and of all the other children that can now play, learn and explore the beauty of the world because they can now see well, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

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¡¡Gracias a ti podemos ver bien!!

Emanuel, de 8 años, veía borrosos los árboles, las montañas y los edificios cuya panorámica se puede disfrutar a lo lejos desde nuestras instalaciones en las afueras de Bogotá. Él nos cuenta que “tampoco podía jugar fútbol porque no veía bien el balón o la cancha”. Ahora, gracias a ti, tiene unas gafas con las que puede ver con claridad el entorno que lo rodea, lo que el profesor escribe en el tablero o el balón cuando juega fútbol con sus amigos. Emanuel lo resume en una frase: “antes, yo veía feo y ahora veo bonito”.

Como Emanuel, mensualmente hasta 5 de nuestros niños requieren gafas u otros elementos como parches especiales para mejorar su visión. Según Delia, la enfermera de nuestro hogar institucional, los diagnósticos más frecuentes son la ambliopía y el astigmatismo. Cuando la primera enfermedad se detecta a tiempo es tratable y se puede corregir. Por eso es tan importante que los niños puedan ser valorados por un oftalmólogo lo más rápido posible y puedan contar oportunamente con las gafas y los parches que les recetan.

Algunas de las aseguradoras del sistema de salud solo cubren el 10% del costo de los lentes y las monturas, mientras que otras suministran gafas de muy mala calidad.

Tú haces posible que nuestros niños tengan unas gafas durables y que les gusten, y también que podamos cubrir el transporte para llevarlos a las citas médicas, a los exámenes y a la óptica. Gracias a ti podemos además garantizar que una persona los acompañe y los cuide.

En nombre de Emanuel y de los demás niños que pueden jugar, aprender y explorar la belleza del mundo porque ven bien, ¡¡¡muchas gracias desde lo más profundo de nuestro corazón!!!

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A beautiful child
A beautiful child

Over a year ago, Javier entered into a CRAN foster home. Since his arrival he has received all the attention he requires with the love, respect and medical care he needs in order to have not only good health but also to be able to grow up as a happy child.

With his 11 months, Javier visits periodically with his foster mother a cardiologist, neurologist and pediatrician, amongst other health specialists to overcome the hip congenital dislocation he suffers.

Due to his situation Javier requires daily physical therapy to improve his evolution. Such controls have been performed with a private physical therapist on a daily basis and whose fees CRAN has been able to pay thanks to your kind contribution.

Moreover his psychologist and social worker do a permanent follow-up to his emotional state.

Thanks to you Javier has received the medical attention and therapies he needs to continue growing as a happy and settled child, surrounded by a foster home that takes care of him and loves him, whilst his situation is cleared, be it by reinstatement to his biological family or his reunion with an adopting family.

Javier is a happy child
Javier is a happy child

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Antonio is 8 months old and is part of the foster home program in CRAN. Upon admission, our team of professionals decided to start a medical and nutritional process to increase his weight and height.

When Antonio was born, he was in a hospital for 10 days due to his low weight, lack of prenatal care, risk of infection and poor health condition in general.

Through our network of health providers and some agreements with other institutions, Antonio received medical assessment and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a condition that keeps food from being absorbed.

Since then, CRAN has given Antonio appropriate medicines and nutritional supplements to treat his condition and to improve his nutritional stability and overall health.

In CRAN we work to reestablish the rights of our children and adolescents. We have a team of professionals who are constantly ensuring that our children achieve physical and mental stability, so that they can grow healthy and happy.

Thanks to you, and with the commitment of the family in his foster home, we have been able to give to Antonio the medical attention, love and the care that he needs.

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Our nurse, Delia.
Our nurse, Delia.

In CRAN our children are the stars. More than 80 professionals work here to make sure that these little ones have loving environments, where they can fully exercise their rights and be happy.

Today, we want to tell you the story of Javier, one of our little ones. Javier has received special care due to his health condition. This 3-year-old boy arrived at CRAN when he was just a little baby. He lived first in a foster home, but currently lives at our temporary home.

Through the public health network, Javier has received specialized attention for his chronic disease. Only during the last year he has been hospitalized five times. Every time one of our children leaves CRAN for a medical appointment or an emergency there is always at least one professional who goes with the child, but in cases like Javier's, 4 people work in shifts, 24 hours a day, to take care of the child in the hospital. Additionally, Delia, our nurse, is constantly monitoring health condition of our children with the help of a nursing assistant when required, but she is also responsible for processing all the requirements to get the medical attention and the medicines that Javier and all of our children need.

But looking after our children's health doesn't only involve nurses, doctors, assistants and medicines. Taking care of the heatlh of Javier and all of our children also means to watch over the food they eat, how they eat it and when they eat it to provide them with the best nutrition possible. Patricia, our nutritionist, designs a meal plan for our children according to their nutritional status and requirements.

Thanks to your contribution through GlobalGiving, Javier and all of our children receive today the love, care and attention they need.

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Say "Cheese"!
Say "Cheese"!

Carlos, an 8 year old boy, came to the CRAN Foundation in 2011 with serious dental problems.  Since then he has received a prophylactic treatment with orthopedic tools such as a Hawley plate on the upper and lower teeth to help them straighten-out.

Thanks to your support, in 2013 nearly 50 children, like Carlos, have had monthly dental visits at the San Martin University Foundation. 

Many children in the CRAN Foundation require dental interventions due to negligence by their adult guardians early in life, poor nutrition—lacking calcium, or a combination of the two.  At CRAN, these children are given the opportunity to see a dentist for the first time and receive regular check-ups every 6 months.  The dentist opens their clinical history and provides oral treatments and follow-up.

Each day our children are taught good oral hygiene and guided in their healthy habits by an adult.  Thanks to your help the children of the CRAN Foundation have a better smile! GRACIAS.

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Organization

Fundacion CRAN

Bogota, Suba- Casablanca, Colombia
https://www.cran.org.co

Project Leader

Gonzalo Gutierrez

Bogota, DC Colombia

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Map of Protecting the health of Colombian orphans