Provide Protheses to 40 Children in Colombia

 
$16,660
$3,340
Raised
Remaining
Nov 19, 2014

David the superhero and the super-especial Christmas present!

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!
Aug 14, 2014

Thanks to you Matias can learn to walk!

Matias happy with his knew leg!
Matias happy with his knew leg!

Meet Matias a sweet and loving one year old from La Azulita, a neighbourhood in the small municipality of Copacabana. Cheerful and attentive, he loves to laugh and play, however he was born without one of his legs due to a rare genetic disease called agenesis, which cause an underdevelopment of the shinbone and fibula.

His disability has never stopped Matías from growing both physically and mentally, but as the time passes he had to get a prosthesis soon or his muscles wouldn't develop properly, and he may never be able to walk or hold himself upright. Worried, his mother sought the help of Mahavir Kmina, and thanks to your generosity we could provide him with a prosthesis, so he can grow happy and healthy.

It has not been an easy road for the child’s familty. However, thanks to your generosity, this month Matías received his prosthetic leg, which will help him to perform the activities of any child his age.

According to his mother he is learning how to walk and even run a litlle bit, and he loves to chase her around the house! It is precisely this kind of stories that make us so grateful for your help. Your generous donations have helped us give huge and significant opportunities to children in need around the country.

Matías is the living proof that we can help create new and brighter futures for children with physical disabilities, your solidarity inspires us to work harder every day.

So on behalf of Matias, his family and all the Mahavir Kmina team, Thank you for your support!

Matias lovely eyes!
Matias lovely eyes!
New legs means new adventures to be had!
New legs means new adventures to be had!
Matias can wait to use his new leg!
Matias can wait to use his new leg!
May 19, 2014

Our Every day Heroes

Juan Jose
Juan Jose's beautiful face!

May is always a month were we honor the heroes in our lives. Mothers and grandmothers, care-takers and friends, for us is the opportunity to honor you as our silent hero, and share with one of many stories of mothers who face incredible odds to give their children a new opportunity to walk confidently and smile again.

One of these wonderful mothers is María Alejandra, her beautiful son Juan Jose, 2 years old, had his leg amputated at 8 months old due to a bad injection at a local clinic in his native Apartadó, a remote Colombian town next to the Pacific Ocean. What began as a routine check-up, ended with Juan Jose losing all circulation to one of his perfectly healthy legs when the botched injection cauterized one of his principal veins, changing his life and opportunities forever.

María Alejandra is a single mom, and works long hours at a local market to make ends meet. She barely has time to take care of her family and help Juan Jose with his special needs and it is almost impossible for her to get time off work to make the long lines and paperwork required to get Juan Jose the medical care he needs. She often works late nights and really early mornings so she can take time to take him to his doctor’s appointments.

This tireless mom fundraised for months to raise money for two bus tickets, to bring her child to to our offices in Medellín, almost an 8 hour trip, so we could help her wonderful, happy son to develop his muscles, walk, run and play. With your help we did not only gave Juan Jose a new leg so he can learn how to run, dance and play soccer, but also a new prostheses anytime he outgrows his old one in the future. This means no more long nights for mom and more time helping Juan Jose grow strong and happy.

Moms like María Alejandra and brave boys like Juan Jose, are an inspiration for us to work harder every day, to provide many more mothers and children with the help they so desperately need. So thank you, we are beyond grateful that you believe in us and our work and help us make dream a reality every day.

 

Getting a new leg can be hard but mom is here
Getting a new leg can be hard but mom is here
Juan Jose looking for his mom, always close by!
Juan Jose looking for his mom, always close by!
Feb 18, 2014

Creating a brighter future for 30 bright stars

Juan Jose celebrating no more crutches!
Juan Jose celebrating no more crutches!

For 7 years Mahavir Kmina Artificial Limb Center has been creating and providing prostheses for people who have lost their legs and cannot access or afford a regular solution. Our main concern is that our beneficiaries, who come from all the Colombian territory, can have comprehensive medical, social and psycological attention.

We only have one office in La Estrella, Antioquia, which sometimes means people have to travel hundreds of miles to get to our offices, and we often pay for the transportation and accomodation of our beneficiaries and accompany them through their psycological process,which makes our work even more special, because we get to know them and their stories, we get to know how the prostheses will change their lives.

Almost 10% of our beneficiaries in a year are children. Children and teens are special to us, not only because been able to stand, walk and play is fundamental for their growth and development, but because almost every six months, a child needs his or her prostheses to be changed -this occurs due to their rapid growth and the fact they can keep wearing the old prostheses to allow proper muscle development. 

So far, we have raised USD $13,585, and with your help we have provided 30 prostheses. 30 lives that are now radically transform and are now on the way to develop their full potencial and shine like bright stars. 

You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter and our Youtube channel and be updated of our advances.

Thank you very much for your support!

Daniel can now go to his first dance party!
Daniel can now go to his first dance party!
Sara before getting her new prostheses
Sara before getting her new prostheses
Sara is now ready for the catwalk!
Sara is now ready for the catwalk!
Juliana showing off her new leg!
Juliana showing off her new leg!
Santiago happy with his new leg!
Santiago happy with his new leg!
Nov 18, 2013

Hope and Happy Endings

Aleida and her new leg
Aleida and her new leg

We are beyond grateful with our donors. Through your help we have given 29 people the opportunity to walk again! Children have been able to run, play, climb trees and live normal lives, gain independence and become active part of their communities. With your donations we have given each of this 29 people a new outlook on life and a brighter hope for their future.

Our beneficiaries have wonderful stories. Tales of courage, determination and above all, hope. Every day we meet incredible people, we witness how they overcomes impossible circumstances. Thanks to your donation Mahavir Kmina can help people recover not only their mobility but also their sense of worth.

We are so proud to share with you the story of Aleida. She is a beautiful and bright young woman, ronound amogher friends and family for her optimism and courage. When Aleida was 14, she lost her leg on a terrible accident, as a car was being towed by another the cable connecting both vehicles cut her leg bellow her knee.

Being the determined and brave person she is, Aleida continued working hard to overcome all obstacle and her dream was to get a technical education when she finished high school to provide a better life for her and her family. 

Aleida had a prostheses done when she was 14, but as she grew, her prostetic leg was too small for her and she almost couldn't walk anymore. She sought the help of Mahavir Kmina so she could walk again and continue her personal development.

Little did she know that in Mahavir Kmina she would find more than her movility restored, one of our allies HMV Engineers heard about Aleida and her desire to study, and they desided to pay for her technical studies! Now Aleida has a new prostheses, she can walk again, go to school and build a better future for her and her family. 

Aleida
Aleida's famous smile

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Juan Rodrigo Mejia

Executive Director
Itagui, Antioquia Colombia

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