Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims

by United for Colombia
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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

This adventure started on July 5th, throughout 53 days Carlos Franco ran 2.500 km through 8 countries (Norway, Denmark, Holland, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, and Belgium) with the purpose of helping Colombian people with physical disabilities. His journey has filled us with joy, every single step was an achieved goal. Passing through each country was the beginning of a new story that was weaving many memories related to promoting United for Colombia’s cause through Europe. With perseverance, discipline, effort and the kindest heart Carlos achieved the goal to support 10 Colombian landmine victims.

Thank you for being part of this campaign! With the support of all of you, United for Colombia will be able to help these survivors to keep walking towards the path to achieve their goals!

We would like to share some stories of some of our beneficiaries…

Darley is 11 years old and lives in Chocó, Colombia with his mom and 3 siblings. He is in 5th grade and dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. When Darley was 3 years old, during a fight between the Army and a guerilla group, an explosive fell into his house. As a result of the injuries, his right leg had to be amputated above the knee. 

Harlen  lives in Medellin with his wife and daughter. He is an intern at the biggest Colombian coffee producer and loves to run in athletic races. In May 2008, during a military operation against a guerrilla group, Harlen stepped on a landmine field and lost both legs.

Lina is 16 years old, she is in 11th grade and aspires to become a model. At the age of 4 months she was victim of a lost bullet due to a gunfight between the Colombian Army and Rebel forces near her house at Loboguerrero, close to Buenaventura, Valle.

Luz is married to a policeman and lives in Medellin with her 2 daughters. She studied haircut and makeup in a renown beauty academy and owns a small beauty shop. When she was 11 years old, she was recruited by FARC (a guerilla group). At the guerrilla camp she was in charge of cooking and servicing the commanders. At the age of 14 she was sent for water at a nearby river and stepped on a landmine.

Luis and Salomon are from Ituango, Antioquia. They lived in a small farm with their older brother. In 2009 while Salomon was herding cattle, he stepped on a landmine. Luis came to rescue him but unfortunately stepped on a landmine too. The two brothers receive support from UFC since 2018.

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As a child, Edwin lived with his parents and siblings in the town of Quipama, 65 miles North East of Bogota. One day, when walking from elementary school to his home, he found a metal item which, to him, looked like a toy. He picked it up and took it to his house. The device exploded and Edwin suffered severe wounds in his body and lost his left hand.

United for Colombia foundation provided him with a highly functional prosthetic hand, continuous rehabilitation therapies and counselling support.

His ambition of being a professional cyclist became a reality when he joined the Colombian Cycling Paralympic Team. He participated in various international championships winning medals and trophies. In 2016, he won a bronze medal at Rio’s Paralympic Games in Brazil and aspires to participate in the next Tokio Paralympic Games 2021.

Today, Edwin is recognized as one of Colombia’s most promising national sports figure.

Please click the link to know more about Edwin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsAoumUELt8


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Darley is 10 years old and lives in Sipi, Chocó, Colombia. During a fight between the Army and the ELN, 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. 

Darley has been selected as a beneficiary of the childcare program of United for Colombia Foundation and has been receiving maintenance of his prosthesis since 2017. The past October, Darley received a new prosthesis based on his actual tallness and weight.

For Christmas, United for Colombia made possible Darley´s dream: have a bicycle to train to become a cyclist…he is on his path to make it true!

Click here to watch the video: https://www.instagram.com/p/CK64zvSDHta/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Your support is essential in order to provide Darley with comprehensive rehabilitation treatment to allow him to live and play as any other child his age.

Thanks for your support!


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United for Colombia medical and comprehensive rehabilitation program´s encompasses orthopedic care, reconstructive surgeries, and psychological counseling.

Once rehabilitated, we encourage our beneficiaries to pursue a sport to allow them to rebuild their path to a meaningful life with a purpose. Many of them become runners and handcyclist. We are proud to say that we even have beneficiaries on the Colombian Paralympic Team.

As the COVID 19 pandemia has postponed all sport events, UFC has encouraged their beneficiaries to keep practicing sports and sponsored their participation in the two main virtual athletic competitions in Colombia: 10K race in Bogotá and Half Marathon in Medellin.

Through the generous donors like you, we are able to sponsor high-endurance prosthesis, sports equipment and virtual marathon registrations for our admirable athletes who are living proof that a disability is not an obstacle for a great triumph!

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The Covid-19 Pandemic has left our struggling beneficiaries unable to work under current conditions and in desperate need of food and nourishments. These families live in remote areas where it is difficult to access aid. Thanks to our donors, since April we have begun providing monthly food to 100 families in 21 states throughout Colombia. Our commitment is to keep supporting them until the quarantine in Colombia ends.

We are also sponsoring Mayo Clinic online courses about Covid-19 for physicians and nurses from the Colombian Army, Navy and Air Force. These professionals are in the frontline attending Covid-19 patients in different places in Colombia. Our goal is to support the medical response in Colombia learning from Mayo Clinic.

Let’s keep working together to ensure these families make it through this global Pandemic!

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United for Colombia

Location: Reston, VA - USA
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Twitter: @United4Colombia
Project Leader:
Catalina Alvarez
Bogota, D.C., Colombia
$14,342 raised of $127,576 goal
 
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