Health
 Colombia
Project #4025

Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims

by United for Colombia
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Summary

United for Colombia will provide artificial limbs, orthopedic rehabilitation and psychological counseling to 35 maimed Colombian civilians who were injured due to landmines and/or unexploded devices.
$127,576
total goal
$117,376
remaining
130
donors
1
monthly donor
6
years active

Challenge

Over 120,000 landmines have been planted by FARC guerrillas in the Colombian fields which have killed or maimed over 10,000 people in the last 15 years. Every day, two Colombians step on landmines or accidentally activate an unexploded artifact. Sadly, Colombia is the country with the second most daily landmine victims in the world. Due to the vast number of victims and the complexity of their wounds, the Government is limited to afford specialized orthopedic care or cover all the expenses.

Solution

United for Colombia will sponsor high-quality and tailor-made artificial limbs, along with proper physical therapies and psychological counseling, to 35 children and youngsters who lack the resources to access best quality and high technology medical care. These civilians will regain their mobility and self-confidence, and they will be able to resume their daily activities, especially children who can go back to school and play outdoor sports.

Long-Term Impact

By providing specialized medical support and orthopedic rehabilitation, these civilians will enjoy a better quality of life as well as their families and caretakers who will be alleviated. They will recover their health and independence securing a brighter future for themselves.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.unitedforcolombia.org/​
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Organization Information

United for Colombia

Location: Alexandria, VA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.unitedforcolombia.org/​
Project Leader:
Catalina Alvarez
Bogota, D.C., Colombia

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