Give prosthetic legs for 60 Children in Colombia

 
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Erika before getting her prosthesis
Erika before getting her prosthesis

Different kids, different stories, all of them with happy endings!:

Meet Matías, this beautiful boy is now three years old and he got his first prosthesis one year ago. He came back because he needed another one and came with a big smile in his face because now he can play and be happy again. He came with his amazing mother who is always ny his side and supports him in everything. He is one of our little heroes that proves that with a big heart everything is possible.

Meet Francisco, this cute and cheerful boy is 8 years old and comes from the municipality of Necoclí, Antioquia. In 2014 he was amputated due to a snake bite in one of his legs, he and his family couldn´t get on time to the hospital and he was infected and therefore amputated. When he arrived to Mahavir Kmina he was really nervous and anxious because he has never had a prosthesis before, but from the moment he got it, everything changed on his life. Immediately he could walk by himself, he didn´t need any help and showed a big smile on
his face. Now Francisco is playing in the country with the animals he loves and is having again a dignifying and fair life.

Santiago was born in 1999 and because of a deformity he was born with only one leg. Santiago is one of our first beneficiaries and since he was 7 years old he has our prostheses, he continues amazing us and surprising us with all of his skills. He is an excellent bike rider and he also practices skateboarding which is his biggest passion. He has received seven prostheses from Mahavir Kmina and he is ready to continue growing with us and with our help. Santiago is one of our bests examples to show to the world that the disabbilities aren´t phyisical but mental.

Erika is a 8 years old girl that lost his leg in a traffic accident when she and her father were run over by a truck. Even though she suffered this tragic accident she never lost her smile and her innocence. Erika is a spectacular kid that came to Mahavir Kmina to get her first prosthesis in May 2015. She went back to her city full of hope and strength and now she is able to play again and live a dignifying childhood with her family.

Since we started helping people we have given 2694 prostheses for them to be able to walk again. Thank you for being part of this life changing project and helping us to make more children happy! Please continue helping us to change the world, children thank you as well for their new chance in life!! 

Erika happy with her new life!
Erika happy with her new life!
Francisco, anxios and happy!
Francisco, anxios and happy!
Francisco was so excited to walk again
Francisco was so excited to walk again
Matias always with a big heart and a big smile!
Matias always with a big heart and a big smile!
Matias and mommy, always together
Matias and mommy, always together
Santiago, a boy who grew up with your help
Santiago, a boy who grew up with your help

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Yenny getting the messurments taken for her leg!
Yenny getting the messurments taken for her leg!

Meet Yennifer, she is 14 years old and loves to dance more than anything in the world. She was born without her right leg due to a rare genetic condition, but this has never stopped her from following her dreams as a salsa champion.

Yenny is from Ibague, a small city in the west of Colombia, when she was eleven she was dancing at a school performance in the town square and was spotted by a dance teacher, her talent was so amazing that he was surprised to discover she only had one leg.

She was then recruited in to a special dance school that emphasizes on salsa and other tropical rhythms. She quickly rose to the ranks and in a matter of months was dancing with the junior company and competing. This year she participated in the junior salsa championship and was awarded a special mention by the judges. In Yenny’s own words when she is dancing her feelings and all her problems just “melt away”.

Yennifer is a fighter, she is really brave and never gives up, but the past few months have been very challenging. Her old prostheses that was a gift from all her classmates and teacher at her dance school last year was now too small and painful for her to dance with, and she kept getting hurt because she would stop dancing.

Thanks to your generous contributions we gave Yenny a new artificial leg, one fitted for her height and adjusted to help her dancing. She was beyond words, being able to dance again with no pain she could not keep still and couldn’t wait to get back to the dance studio and rehearse.

Yenny says her dream is to travel the world showing her talent and other children and youth with disabilities that anything is possible if you are passionate and work hard. She is poised to compete again in a junior championship this June. With your help Mahavir Kmina gave this wonderful girl a new chance at fulfilling her goals.

So on behalf of Yenny, her family and dance friends we say, Thank you! Your donations made this dream a reality.

Please consider sharing Yenny’s story and our work with your friends and family so we can continue helping more amazing children like Yenny walk confidently to a better future.

Not even a broke protheses can bring Yenny down!
Not even a broke protheses can bring Yenny down!
Yenny and her mom the day they arrived!
Yenny and her mom the day they arrived!
Yenny in the last salsa championship!
Yenny in the last salsa championship!
Yenny and her new better leg!
Yenny and her new better leg!
Always with the biggest smile1
Always with the biggest smile1

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Kevin and his mom Dana
Kevin and his mom Dana

This is Kevin. He is 7 years old and lives in a small town near Medellin with his mom, dad and little sister. Kevin lost his leg when he was a baby due to a severe whooping cough. He is a positive and energetic boy and everytime we see him here at Mahavir Kmina he is jumping and playing!

We have provided Kevin with two prosthesis already -children's artificial legs have to be changed at least once a year because they are constantly growing -. He is positive and brave, but before his prosthesis he had a hard time in school, he has had to change schools twice because of terrible bullying. He was even refusing to go to school entirely. In Mahavir we not only provide people who have lost their legs with a prosthetic limbs but we have psycologist that can help them and their family navigate the difficulties of having a dissability. So next time he came to our offices we set to do something about the situation.

Kevin and his mom worked with our in house psycologist to work out the best way explain to the school's principal and teachers how to talk to other students about Kevin's situation. Here in Mahavir Kmina we strive not only to rehabilitate people physically but also to streghten their self-esteem and promote their inclusion in their community

Now Kevin is feeling better, he likes going to school and in his his own brave words "I only need the love of my mom, dad and little sister, with this new leg I can run play soccer and hide and seek with the friends that love me the way I am ".

Kevin playing marbles
Kevin playing marbles
Kevin and his mom!
Kevin and his mom!
Kevin proudly standing up!
Kevin proudly standing up!
Angelica posing with her new leg!
Angelica posing with her new leg!

This is Angelica, a lovely, smiley and kind girl from a colorful, but small, town called Cáqueza in Cundianamarca, the state that holds our capital, Bogotá .She is 13 years old and is full of life, even though she lost her right leg due to an infection (gangrene) just a few months ago.

Angelica and her family, as many other Colombian amputees’ families we attend, had to travel a long way to our only offices in La Estrella, Antioquia. Despite a four hundred miles trip will always be exhausting, this one was totally worth it when she got her new chance at life: her new leg!

In Mahavir Kmina Artificial Limb Center, we accompanied Angelica and her family in all the process: our wonderful team gave them medical, social and psychological attention, plus personalized engineer attention for design her prosthesis, and, now, after almost a year since this fighter lost her leg, she can walk, run and go to school again, all this thanks to your help and generosity! She is ready to catch up with everything she left behind!

Angelica overcame the biggest challenge she has had in her short life and, with your support, we can keep giving more children and teens, from all around the country, the opportunity to do it, as they develop property and grow happy and healthy!

So, once again, THANK YOU for being their silent hero!

Look what a beautiful smile!
Look what a beautiful smile!
Angelica shows us her new prothesis
Angelica shows us her new prothesis
Super-David with his new leg and arm
Super-David with his new leg and arm

David is a sweet and happy preschooler from Medellín, Colombia, but at 6 years old and due to a rare genetic defect he has had to overcome more challenges than most at such a young age, but David, as his mother says “Is a superhero” and takes every challenge with a smile!

His rare genetic disorder prevented one of his legs and one of his arms to grow fully, leaving him unable to develop properly. The special care he required prevented David from entering preschool at the right age, so he is trying his best to catch up. Thanks to your generosity we were able to give David one amazing early Christmas present and he will be able to run and play, grab pencils, crayons and soccer ball and enter the first grade in no time!

With your support and our wonderful team of craftmen and our in-house ingeneer we gave David not only a new leg but a new arm complete with a new little hand! He says he feels like the super heroes he sees on TV and can't wait to show his new super power to his friends at preschool.

David's mother is beyond words, she says she has never been able to afford a protheses for her son let alone two! And this was the best present she and her family could receive, to see David playing and laughing full of confidence and feeling like he could overcome any obstacle is the most amazing gift.

Your support will allow us to continue giving children like David the opportunity to grow happy and healthy, with your generosity you are not only helping our team provide children with a new prostheses but giving them a chance at the beautiful childhood and even with a little imagination some secret superpowers!

David before he got his prostheses
David before he got his prostheses
David showing off his new leg!
David showing off his new leg!

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Juan Rodrigo Mejia

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Itagui, Antioquia Colombia

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