Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims

by United for Colombia
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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

Project Report | Jan 18, 2024
A Year of Achievements Thanks to Our Donors

By Claudia Estrada | Executive Director

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for your generous support throughout the year 2023. Thanks to your contributions, it has been a year filled with new purposes and accomplished goals for our organization. We are thrilled to share the impact of your donations and highlight some remarkable success stories.

Impact: In 2023, your support enabled 30 landmine survivors to access comprehensive rehabilitation treatments. These treatments are crucial in helping them pursue their life projects with independence and mobility.

The 30 beneficiaries, along with their families, now enjoy an improved quality of life. The prosthetics provided empower them to engage in daily activities, pursue employment opportunities, and even participate in sports.

Success Stories: We would like to share with you four inspiring success stories that motivate us to continue our work for the community:

1. Fabio Rendón, 36 years old - Landmine Survivor: On July 25, 2008, during a military operation in Samaniego, Nariño, soldier Fabio Rendón stepped on a landmine, resulting in the loss of his left leg below the knee. Thanks to UNITED FOR COLOMBIA foundation, Fabio received prosthetic care and ongoing maintenance.

Today, Fabio resides in Bogotá with his wife and two children. Sports have been a key mechanism for his rehabilitation, and he has been a member of the Paralympic Athletics League of Bogotá for four years, training daily. This year, Fabio needed a replacement for his sports prosthetic to continue representing Colombia in various athletic competitions.

2. Angie Paola Trespalacios, 23 years old - Landmine Survivor: On July 20, 2008, at the age of 9, Angie stepped on a landmine while returning home with her family, resulting in serious injuries. Angie has been a beneficiary of the foundation since 2008, receiving annual maintenance for her prosthetic.

Currently residing near San Pablo, Angie performs domestic tasks on a farm where her partner works as a laborer. She aspires to study Psychology.

3. Harlen Ospino, 40 years old - Landmine Survivor: On May 4, 2008, during a military mission in La Uribe, Meta, soldier Harlen Ospino triggered a landmine, causing the loss of both his legs. UNITED FOR COLOMBIA facilitated his medical care and the prosthetic adaptation of two high-performance legs.

Harlen, a positive and ambitious individual, engages in mountaineering, cycling, and amateur marathon running. This year, he required a socket replacement for his two sports prosthetics to participate in the Bogotá Half Marathon and the Medellín Marathon.

4. Lucy Valencia Moña, 24 years old - Landmine Survivor: In 2014, at the age of 15, Lucy experienced a landmine explosion in Tadocito, Chocó, resulting in the amputation of her right leg below the knee. In 2022, Lucy participated in a foundation assessment brigade in Chocó, and this year, she received a new prosthetic in Medellín.

Lucy is currently in her fourth semester of Social Work at the University Diego Ruiz Córdoba in Quibdó.

These success stories represent the positive impact your donations have made in the lives of landmine survivors. We are deeply grateful for your continued support, and we look forward to achieving even greater milestones together in the coming year.

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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

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