Project #12448

Protecting the health of Colombian orphans

by Fundacion CRAN

[Abajo puedes leer la versión en español].

Hello! Thanks to your support we were able to overcome an outbreak of chickenpox which affected 22 of our children in the last month.

To take care of our children, two professionals were with them all day and night. We take all measures of hygiene in the houses of the children, in the food service and laundry.

Mariana, 8 years old, was one of the girls with chickenpox. She tells us: "I had it all over my body, even in the head, when I was sleeping I had fever and I had itchy blisters".

"They brought us the breakfast, all the meals; I helped to collect the dishes. We saw cartoons and Doc McStuffins on television, we played with bricks. Some of us were having fun, but also bored for not going to school. I love the school, I like studying with my friends, playing soccer with my friends".

"When I returned, the teacher asked me why I had not been in school those days, I gave her a letter, it’s written there, teacher, I was ill, I had chickenpox”.

"Can you be a baker when you grow up?", Mariana asks me.

"Yes, of course, you can be whatever you want", I answer.

"Then when I grow up I will make cakes and I will sell them, I can sell them, right? I'm going to sell grape and strawberry cakes".

Thanks to you, we can protect and take care of the health of Mariana and the health of all of our children, until they recover their right to grow up in a family who loves them and all their dreams come true.

We invite you to keep supporting our project and to share it with your friends and family. Thank you!


¡Hola! Te queríamos contar que gracias a tu apoyo hemos podido atender y superar un brote de varicela que alcanzaron a tener 22 de nuestros niños en el último mes.

Para cuidar a los niños, dos profesionales estuvieron con ellos permanentemente día y noche. Tomamos todas las medidas de higiene en las casas de los niños, en el servicio de alimentos y la lavandería.

Mariana, de 8 años, fue una de las niñas enfermas. Ella nos cuenta: “me dio en todo el cuerpo, hasta en la cabeza, cuando uno se acuesta continue support le da fiebre y le salen granitos que me picaban”.

“Nos traían el desayuno, todas las comidas, yo ayudaba a recoger los platos. Veíamos muñecos y la Doctora Juguetes en la televisión, jugábamos con fichas. Algunos estaban divertidos, pero también aburridos por no ir al colegio. A mí el colegio me encanta, me gusta estudiar con mis amigas, jugar con mis amigas fútbol”.

“Cuando volví, la profesora me dijo por qué estos días no has venido, yo le entregué una carta, ahí dice, profe, que estaba enferma, tenía varicela”.

“¿Uno puede ser panadero cuando grande?”, me pregunta Mariana. “Claro que sí, puedes ser todo lo que quieras”, le respondo. “Entonces cuando grande quiero hacer pasteles y los voy a vender, ¿uno los puede vender, cierto? Voy a vender pasteles de uva y con fresa”.

Gracias a ti, podemos proteger y cuidar a Mariana y a todos nuestros niños, hasta que recuperen su derecho a crecer en una familia que los ame para que todos sus sueños se hagan realidad.

Te invitamos a seguir contribuyendo con nuestro proyecto y a difundirlo con tus amigos y familiares. ¡Gracias!


[Abajo puedes leer el reporte en español].

Karen is two and a half years old. She is a sweet girl who is always smiling. She enjoys observing, exploring and picking up stones, sticks and dry leaves.

At the beginning of May, Karen had flu symptoms: fever, no appetite, general weakness. Because of the sudden weather changes in Bogotá and viral infection that spread throughout the city, Karen’s health was not improving. Given the situation, the health care specialists in CRAN decided to take her to the ER of the Suba Hospital, the closest to our location.

At first valuation, she is diagnosed with obstructive bronchial syndrome and she is immediately admitted. Thorax and lab tests were performed to her. On her third hospitalization day, Karen is diagnosed with pneumonia and is ordered to be transferred to the Roosevelt Institute a higher level health center than that in Suba.

Karen stayed there for three days in the ICU until the physicians and nurses were able to stabilize her situation. She was released nine days later and has fully recovered, though she keeps taking prescribed medicines. She has been able to play again in the park and laugh as usual.

Thanks to you and all the persons that have supported our project at GlobalGIving we were able to cover the costs involved in the transportation of Karen to the hospitals and we could also pay the persons who during Karens stay at the hospital were always by her side taking care of her day and night. We were also able to bring her at the hospital everything she needed: clothes, diapers, wipes, pijamas…Your solidarity allowed us to pay the mandatory cash contributions that have to be canceled to the hospital and correspond to a portion of the health attention Karen received. And moreover we were able to buy her the meds she requires without having to wait for burdensome and lengthy authorizations and processes that could have make state worse.

Thank you on behalf of little Karen and of all the children who thanks to your contribution you have protected and taken care of!

Please keep on supporting our project and to share it with all your friends and family.

Thanks for building together with us a better world for everyone! 


Karen tiene 2 años y medio. Es una niña tierna que siempre está sonriente. Le gusta observar, explorar y recoger piedritas, palitos y hojas secas.

A principios de mayo, Karen presentó síntomas gripales: fiebre, inapetencia, malestar general. Debido a los repentinos cambios en el clima de Bogotá y a una infección viral que se propagó por toda la ciudad, Karen no mejoraba. Ante esto, los profesionales de salud de CRAN resuelven llevarla de urgencias al Hospital de Suba, el más cercano a nuestra organización.

En una primera valoración, se le diagnostica un síndrome bronquial obstructivo y se decide su hospitalización inmediata. Luego, se le practican exámenes de laboratorio y rayos x de tórax. Al tercer día de estar hospitalizada, a Karen se le diagnostica neumonía y se ordena su traslado al Instituto Roosevelt, un centro de salud de mayor nivel de complejidad que el de Suba.

Allí estuvo Karen durante tres días en cuidados intensivos, hasta que los médicos y enfermeras lograron estabilizar su situación. Fue dada de alta nueve días después y ya se encuentra completamente recuperada, aunque tomando las medicinas que le recetaron. ¡Ha podido de nuevo salir a jugar al parque y volver a reírse!

Gracias a ti y a todas las personas que han apoyado nuestro proyecto en GlobalGiving, pudimos cubrir los transportes para trasladar a Karen a los hospitales y pudimos pagarles a las personas que durante los 15 días que permaneció hospitalizada siempre la acompañaron y cuidaron, día y noche. También pudimos llevarle al hospital todo lo que ella necesitaba: ropa, pañales desechables, pañitos húmedos, pijamas… Tu solidaridad nos permitió además cancelar los copagos o aportes obligatorios en dinero que corresponden a una parte del valor de los servicios que Karen recibió. Y también comprarle los medicamentos que requiere sin esperar autorizaciones y trámites engorrosos y demorados que podían haber complicado su estado.

¡Muchas gracias en nombre de la pequeña Karen y de todos los niños que con tu donación has protegido y cuidado!

Te invitamos a seguir contribuyendo aquí con nuestro proyecto y a que lo difundas con tus amigos y familiares.  

¡Gracias por construir con nosotros un mejor mundo para todos!


[Abajo puedes leer en español este reporte].

Emanuel, an 8 year old boy, had a blurry sight, he only saw shadows of the trees, mountains and buildings whose sight can be enjoyed from our offices outside Bogotá. He also conveyed to us that “I couldn’t play soccer either because I could not distinguish the court or the ball”. Now and thanks to you, he has a pair of glasses with which he can see clearly now his surroundings, the words on the board his teacher writes or the ball with which he plays soccer with his friends. Emanuel summarizes it in a sentence: “before, I saw ugly, now I see pretty”.

Just like Emanuel up to five of our children require monthly glasses or other gadgets such as special patches to improve their sight. According to Delia, the nurse at our institution, the most common diagnosis are amblyopia and astigmatism. When the former is detected early it is treatable and even curable. That is why it is so important that our children be assessed by an eye doctor as soon as possible and that they can get prompt access to the glasses and patches they are prescribed.

Some of the health insurance companies cover only 10% of the cost of lenses and frames whilst others provide very poor quality glasses.

You give our children the opportunity to enjoy durable and nice looking glasses and the possibility to transport them to their medical appointments, tests and glass shops. Thanks to you we can afford to pay an escorting person that goes with them and helps them.

On behalf of Emanuel and of all the other children that can now play, learn and explore the beauty of the world because they can now see well, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

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¡¡Gracias a ti podemos ver bien!!

Emanuel, de 8 años, veía borrosos los árboles, las montañas y los edificios cuya panorámica se puede disfrutar a lo lejos desde nuestras instalaciones en las afueras de Bogotá. Él nos cuenta que “tampoco podía jugar fútbol porque no veía bien el balón o la cancha”. Ahora, gracias a ti, tiene unas gafas con las que puede ver con claridad el entorno que lo rodea, lo que el profesor escribe en el tablero o el balón cuando juega fútbol con sus amigos. Emanuel lo resume en una frase: “antes, yo veía feo y ahora veo bonito”.

Como Emanuel, mensualmente hasta 5 de nuestros niños requieren gafas u otros elementos como parches especiales para mejorar su visión. Según Delia, la enfermera de nuestro hogar institucional, los diagnósticos más frecuentes son la ambliopía y el astigmatismo. Cuando la primera enfermedad se detecta a tiempo es tratable y se puede corregir. Por eso es tan importante que los niños puedan ser valorados por un oftalmólogo lo más rápido posible y puedan contar oportunamente con las gafas y los parches que les recetan.

Algunas de las aseguradoras del sistema de salud solo cubren el 10% del costo de los lentes y las monturas, mientras que otras suministran gafas de muy mala calidad.

Tú haces posible que nuestros niños tengan unas gafas durables y que les gusten, y también que podamos cubrir el transporte para llevarlos a las citas médicas, a los exámenes y a la óptica. Gracias a ti podemos además garantizar que una persona los acompañe y los cuide.

En nombre de Emanuel y de los demás niños que pueden jugar, aprender y explorar la belleza del mundo porque ven bien, ¡¡¡muchas gracias desde lo más profundo de nuestro corazón!!!


A beautiful child
A beautiful child

Over a year ago, Javier entered into a CRAN foster home. Since his arrival he has received all the attention he requires with the love, respect and medical care he needs in order to have not only good health but also to be able to grow up as a happy child.

With his 11 months, Javier visits periodically with his foster mother a cardiologist, neurologist and pediatrician, amongst other health specialists to overcome the hip congenital dislocation he suffers.

Due to his situation Javier requires daily physical therapy to improve his evolution. Such controls have been performed with a private physical therapist on a daily basis and whose fees CRAN has been able to pay thanks to your kind contribution.

Moreover his psychologist and social worker do a permanent follow-up to his emotional state.

Thanks to you Javier has received the medical attention and therapies he needs to continue growing as a happy and settled child, surrounded by a foster home that takes care of him and loves him, whilst his situation is cleared, be it by reinstatement to his biological family or his reunion with an adopting family.

Javier is a happy child
Javier is a happy child


Antonio is 8 months old and is part of the foster home program in CRAN. Upon admission, our team of professionals decided to start a medical and nutritional process to increase his weight and height.

When Antonio was born, he was in a hospital for 10 days due to his low weight, lack of prenatal care, risk of infection and poor health condition in general.

Through our network of health providers and some agreements with other institutions, Antonio received medical assessment and was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a condition that keeps food from being absorbed.

Since then, CRAN has given Antonio appropriate medicines and nutritional supplements to treat his condition and to improve his nutritional stability and overall health.

In CRAN we work to reestablish the rights of our children and adolescents. We have a team of professionals who are constantly ensuring that our children achieve physical and mental stability, so that they can grow healthy and happy.

Thanks to you, and with the commitment of the family in his foster home, we have been able to give to Antonio the medical attention, love and the care that he needs.


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Organization Information

Fundacion CRAN

Location: Bogota, Suba- Casablanca - Colombia
Project Leader:
Gonzalo Gutierrez
Bogota, DC Colombia