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Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims

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Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims
Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims

United for Colombia promotes sports in its beneficiaries to facilitate their rehabilitation process. In recent years, we have set up a team, under the name “Changing a life”, to participate in different sporting events.

 The last September 16th, United for Colombia joined efforts with the U.S Embassy in Colombia, Achilles International and  local companies to sponsor a group of 120 survivors from different regions in Colombia, specifically from Antioquia, to participate in Medellin's biggest running race; Maraton de Medellin. Our beneficiaries participated in three different categories: running with prosthesis, handcycle and wheelchairs!

It was a very emotional morning in that survivors had the chance to partake with conventional runners and prove, once again, that disabilities only exist in our mind!

We are proud to share with you some of the most exciting moments from that day!


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United for Colombia joined efforts with the U.S Embassy in Colombia, Hughes International Clinic, National Police of Colombia and CIREC Foundation to provide leg prosthesis to 30 armed conflict survivors in Colombia, specially landmine victims.

Last May, patients from all over the country came the Bogota, Colombia´s capital city, to receive their medical treatment.

During a week, a group of thirteen specialists (doctors, physiotherapists and prosthetic technicians), Colombian and Americans, took care of the patients adjusting the prosthesis according to their needs. They also received physical therapies to improve their walking.

The most remarkable patient was Darley, a 7 years old boy who lives in Sipi, Chocó, Colombia. During a fight between the Army and the ELN (Colombian guerrilla group), when Darley was 3 years old, an explosive fell into his house. As a result of the injuries, his right leg had to be amputated above the knee. His happy face reflects the tenderness of his soul!


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Thanks to the support of our donors, last January 28th, United for Colombia Team participated in the renowned 2018 Miami Marathon, www.themiamimarathon.com. A group of 9 beneficiaries flew to Miami to race in either their hand bikes or with their prosthesis. Among them, Cristian Torres and Pierry Ramirez finished in 1st place in the Marathon and Half Marathon Wheelchairs respectively. Here are the admirable stories of each one of our athletes:

Harlen Ospino, In May 2008, during a military operation against a guerrilla group, Harlen stepped on a landmine field and lost both legs. UFC has sponsored his prosthesis since then and this year gave him the specialized Running Prosthesis. He lives happily in Bogotá with his wife and 2 daughters, all of whom work together to help Harlen train and prepare for Marathons. He works as a Warehouse Assistant in a multinational company.

Camilo Diaz, In July 2008, during a military operation in Uribe, Meta; Captain Diaz stepped on a landmine and lost his left leg. After the accident, he retired from the army and became an attorney. He lives in Bogotá with his wife and 8 year-old son. UFC has sponsored his prosthesis leg since that fateful day. Last year, Camilo was the recipient of a professional running prosthesis from German prosthetics company:  Ottobock. Camilo is now a proud ambassador of Ottobock.

Fabio Rendon, in July 2008, Fabio was a soldier in the Colombian Army. During an operation in the state of Nariño, Fabio stepped on a landmine and lost his left leg. Last year, Fabio joined the Paralympic team in Bogotá and trains every day. UFC has supported him since the date of the accident with his prosthetic leg and it´s regular maintenance.

Jhon Montero, in 2008 stepped on a landmine in a military operation in the state of Huila. After retiring from the Army, he studied Graphic Design and works in a Call Center in Bogotá. He wears a state of the art prosthesis but dreams to have a specialized prosthesis to run.

Leonardo Varon, in 2008 while inspecting illicit crops in the state of Valle del Cauca, he stepped on a landmine that caused the loss of both legs. UFC sponsored his prosthesis which 7 years ago helped him discover an athlete within himself. Leonardo started training in the hand cycle and has achieved international prizes in the marathons of Washington DC, New York, Miami and Spain.

Daniel Toro, on 2015, while he was training in the military duty, Daniel stepped on a landmine in the state of Antioquia and lost both legs. He started training in hand cycle since last year and this was his first international competition.

Pierry Ramirez was in the Police 20 years ago when an explosive artifact exploded close to his base and caused him permanent spinal injuries. Since that brutal day, he has been confined to a wheelchair. He is now the representative of Achilles International in Colombia and works in the United State Embassy. He has practiced many Paralympic sports but nowadays his specialty is the handcycle.

Cristian Torres is a policeman’s son. He was born with the Phocomelia disease; a rare defect in which no long bones develop resulting in malformations of the arms and legs. Nevertheless, his drive and motivation has led him to become a renowned athlete. He holds 5th place in the T53 category worldwide! In the last Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he obtained an Olympic diploma. 

Camilo Quiroga, when he was just 17 years old, during a combat between illegal groups, a stray bullet injured him and caused medullar paralysis. He is a Managerial Administrator and works at the Colombian Presidency.

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Narly is an indigenous girl from the Emberá indigenous people in Colombia. She was born in Urrao, Antioquia and her mother left her under the care of her grandmother when she was just a baby. Narly´s uncle abused her so when she was just 9 years old, she joined a guerrilla group and escaped from her home.

One day, during a combat between guerrillas and the army, Narly was shot on the waist. The soldiers rescued and transferred her to a hospital in Medellin for medical attention. With the support of ICBF, she was taken to a foster home under the Colombian government protection so she could receive adequate physical and psychological rehabilitation.

In 2012 at the age of 14, Narly received support from United for Colombia because the injury caused her difficulties moving her legs and she needed braces in both legs in order to walk. At that time, Narly could only speak the Emberá language. 

Now Narly is 19 years old, she speaks fluent Spanish, she finished second grade and lives independently. She aspires to graduate from high school and became a chef. She loves cooking and is very good at handcrafts.

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On May 7th, 2017, United for Colombia hosted the sixth version of the “Presta Tu Pierna 11K” (Lend you Leg 11K) that took place in the city of Medellín, located on the north east region of Colombia. For the first time, the citizens of the region were able to participate in an event that encourages the inclusion and visualization of antipersonnel mines survivors, both military and civilians, in Colombia.

1.800 people signed on to show their support of the victims, and were able to meet and interact with over 300 of them who came from all parts of the country to run the race. The victims all wore green T-shirts and the other participants wore a white T-shirts.

Among the runners, the presence of professional athletes, Paralympic athletes and high performance runners was noticeable, but the race also welcomed amateurs’ runners from all ages. 

The race was possible thanks to the support of different national enterprises from both public and private sector, and various international organizations also came to contribute with this noble cause.

United for Colombia was the organization in charged of the event, and with the help of other non-profit organizations, the race that began as a dream almost a year ago, became a reality.

Thanks to the support of Global Giving donors, our beneficiaries have received medical rehabilitation treatments, specially prosthesis. They came from all over the country and showed us that disability only exists in mind.

United for Colombia Foundation


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United for Colombia

Location: Alexandria, VA - USA
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Twitter: @united4colombia
Project Leader:
Catalina Alvarez
Bogota, D.C., Colombia
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