Health
 Colombia
Project #4025

Give Prostheses to 35 Maimed Colombian War Victims

by United for Colombia
Carlos from a child to teenager!
Carlos from a child to teenager!

It is so gratifying after more than 10 years of continuous work to share successful stories as the Carlos´. He has been with United for Colombia since 2006 and right now we can happily say he is just as a normal teenager.

Carlos is from Bucaramanga, Santander. In January 2006, when Carlos was only six years old, a grenade was thrown into his home and exploded close to where the children were watching TV. The explosion seriously injured Carlos and his little sister, and unfortunately, killed his younger cousin.

Carlos received a left prosthetic leg in December 2006, almost one year after the incident. Because he is a fast growing boy, it’s necessary for his prosthetic leg to be adjusted yearly in order to meet his new height and weight measurements.

Thanks to United for Colombia´s donors, Carlos Jhordan receives support to help cover the ongoing costs of his education and yearly maintenance of his prosthetic leg. In result, Carlos is a very happy kid, not only because he is now getting a free high-quality education, but also because he can run and play just like other kids.

We invite you to watch a short video about his process during the last 10 years: Carlos Jhordan´s evolution process

Linas new leg gave her hope for a happier future!
Linas new leg gave her hope for a happier future!

On March 27, 2004, Lina´s life changed. She was only 4 months old and she was badly injured as a bullet hit her while resting in her crib.

The stray bullet entered Lina´s crib on accident due to an on-going combat between the Colombian Army and a guerilla group near her house in Buenaventura, Valle. Lina´s right leg had to be amputated to save her life!

Since she is 4 years old, United for Colombia through its program “A Step to hope” guarantees that she will have the adequate prosthesis for her age until she is fully grown.Thanks to your generous donation we can make this happens!

Nowadays Lina is 11 years old and with your support she will continue to live a fun and active childhood!

We invite you to watch a short video of Lina´s progress during the last 7 years:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUS2TGFoSQs&feature=youtu.be

Sincere thanks!

United for Colombia

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Onofre Zafra is a 28 years old boy from the state of Santader, Colombia. His accident took place in Matanza, Santander when he was 16 years old. Onofre was herding cattle when he heard an explosion and realized that he was the one who had activated it. He had stepped on a landmine that caused the amputation of his right leg.

Onofre received his first prosthesis with United for Colombia on December of 2006 and has received periodic maintenance from that date. On April he came to Bogotá and received a new high tech prosthesis.

Nowadays, Onofre is 28 years old and work as a nurse for a Home Health Agency in Bucaramanga, as he says: “I´m taking care of other people like I was helped after my accident”.

Another girl from Santander, Angie Paola Trespalacios (15), on 2008, at the time she only 9 years old, when she was coming back with her family from visiting her grandmother in the state of Bolívar, she stepped on a landmine. The explosion caused the amputation of Angie´s right leg and severe injuries on her cousin´s eyes.

Angie has been supported by United for Colombia since the time of the incident. She has received 8 different treatments according to her growing up needs.

Currently, Angie is in the ninth grade in Puerto Wilches where she lives with her father.

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Luz Emerita was born in a small town in the State of Antioquia, northwestern Colombia. When she was only 11 years old, the FARC guerilla group recruited her to be responsible for cooking ans servicing the commanders. Several years later, when she was 14 years old, Luz Emerita was sent on a routine trip to get water from a nearby river. On her way to the river, she tripped and fell over a landmine, due to the impact she lost her right leg below the knee.

Stationed in one of the most remote parts of Colombia´s jungle, Luz Emerita´s medical condition only worsened. She had no medical help in the camp, and due to her disability, she was declare low priority to the guerrillas. Thankfully, however, Luz Emerita was brave enough - with the help of another child soldier - to flee the guerrillas. And with luck, they both scaped succesfully and she was under goverment protection until she turned 18 years old.

With the support of generous donors, United for Colombia has taken care of Luz Emerita´s orthopedic rehabilitation and medical cost since the time of her accident. In October of 2008 and through her growing years, Luz Emerita has received 4 highly-advanced prostheses to help her walk with ease and confidence. This new beginning in life has brought so much happiness to Luz Emerita as the photos demonstrate, she clearly shines with a buoyant and radiant personality. Even though she has experienced a grave accident at such young age, today, she is full of smiles and has an optimistic outlook on life.

Luz Emerita just turned 23 and is now living in Medellin, Antioquia. On July of 2014, she graduated from High School. Nowadays, she is studying at a Beauty School and is eager to become a Full Salon Specialist.


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Special thanks to our many Global Giving Donors!

José Inocencio is a 17-year-old boy from Tame, Arauca. On 2010, he stepped on a landmine that was hidden in a road near his house and lost his legs. Nowadays, he lives with his parents and five siblings. José greatly enjoys spending time with his family and friends and is passionate about helping his family with farming and living in the forest where he grew up. His mother works in the coffee fields and his father cuts trees in the forest. After almost a month receiving physical and psychological therapy at the Centro Integral de Rehabilitacion de Colombia (CIREC) headquarters in Bogotá, José is so happy to return home, finish his school and be back with his family and community.

United for Colombia has helped José several times, providing him with medical assistance and financial resources to support his two prosthetic legs, vitamins, medical appointments and psychological assistance.

United for Colombia has also helped José to improve his quality of life and social well-being. In addition to his high-quality new prosthetic legs, United for Colombia provides José with academic, vocational and life-skills training such as training on how to be organized, how to maintain his prosthetic legs and how to perform well in his studies.

José is an example of “If you want, you can!”

“Thank you for my two new legs!”

— José Inocencio, 17 years old


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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