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.
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 ".
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!
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!
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!
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