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Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia

by Mahavir Kmina Artificial Limb Center
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Give prosthetic legs for 130 Children in Colombia
Juan Jose
Juan Jose's beautiful face!

May is always a month were we honor the heroes in our lives. Mothers and grandmothers, care-takers and friends, for us is the opportunity to honor you as our silent hero, and share with one of many stories of mothers who face incredible odds to give their children a new opportunity to walk confidently and smile again.

One of these wonderful mothers is María Alejandra, her beautiful son Juan Jose, 2 years old, had his leg amputated at 8 months old due to a bad injection at a local clinic in his native Apartadó, a remote Colombian town next to the Pacific Ocean. What began as a routine check-up, ended with Juan Jose losing all circulation to one of his perfectly healthy legs when the botched injection cauterized one of his principal veins, changing his life and opportunities forever.

María Alejandra is a single mom, and works long hours at a local market to make ends meet. She barely has time to take care of her family and help Juan Jose with his special needs and it is almost impossible for her to get time off work to make the long lines and paperwork required to get Juan Jose the medical care he needs. She often works late nights and really early mornings so she can take time to take him to his doctor’s appointments.

This tireless mom fundraised for months to raise money for two bus tickets, to bring her child to to our offices in Medellín, almost an 8 hour trip, so we could help her wonderful, happy son to develop his muscles, walk, run and play. With your help we did not only gave Juan Jose a new leg so he can learn how to run, dance and play soccer, but also a new prostheses anytime he outgrows his old one in the future. This means no more long nights for mom and more time helping Juan Jose grow strong and happy.

Moms like María Alejandra and brave boys like Juan Jose, are an inspiration for us to work harder every day, to provide many more mothers and children with the help they so desperately need. So thank you, we are beyond grateful that you believe in us and our work and help us make dream a reality every day.

 

Getting a new leg can be hard but mom is here
Getting a new leg can be hard but mom is here
Juan Jose looking for his mom, always close by!
Juan Jose looking for his mom, always close by!
Juan Jose celebrating no more crutches!
Juan Jose celebrating no more crutches!

For 7 years Mahavir Kmina Artificial Limb Center has been creating and providing prostheses for people who have lost their legs and cannot access or afford a regular solution. Our main concern is that our beneficiaries, who come from all the Colombian territory, can have comprehensive medical, social and psycological attention.

We only have one office in La Estrella, Antioquia, which sometimes means people have to travel hundreds of miles to get to our offices, and we often pay for the transportation and accomodation of our beneficiaries and accompany them through their psycological process,which makes our work even more special, because we get to know them and their stories, we get to know how the prostheses will change their lives.

Almost 10% of our beneficiaries in a year are children. Children and teens are special to us, not only because been able to stand, walk and play is fundamental for their growth and development, but because almost every six months, a child needs his or her prostheses to be changed -this occurs due to their rapid growth and the fact they can keep wearing the old prostheses to allow proper muscle development. 

So far, we have raised USD $13,585, and with your help we have provided 30 prostheses. 30 lives that are now radically transform and are now on the way to develop their full potencial and shine like bright stars. 

You can also follow us on FacebookTwitter and our Youtube channel and be updated of our advances.

Thank you very much for your support!

Daniel can now go to his first dance party!
Daniel can now go to his first dance party!
Sara before getting her new prostheses
Sara before getting her new prostheses
Sara is now ready for the catwalk!
Sara is now ready for the catwalk!
Juliana showing off her new leg!
Juliana showing off her new leg!
Santiago happy with his new leg!
Santiago happy with his new leg!
Aleida and her new leg
Aleida and her new leg

We are beyond grateful with our donors. Through your help we have given 29 people the opportunity to walk again! Children have been able to run, play, climb trees and live normal lives, gain independence and become active part of their communities. With your donations we have given each of this 29 people a new outlook on life and a brighter hope for their future.

Our beneficiaries have wonderful stories. Tales of courage, determination and above all, hope. Every day we meet incredible people, we witness how they overcomes impossible circumstances. Thanks to your donation Mahavir Kmina can help people recover not only their mobility but also their sense of worth.

We are so proud to share with you the story of Aleida. She is a beautiful and bright young woman, ronound amogher friends and family for her optimism and courage. When Aleida was 14, she lost her leg on a terrible accident, as a car was being towed by another the cable connecting both vehicles cut her leg bellow her knee.

Being the determined and brave person she is, Aleida continued working hard to overcome all obstacle and her dream was to get a technical education when she finished high school to provide a better life for her and her family. 

Aleida had a prostheses done when she was 14, but as she grew, her prostetic leg was too small for her and she almost couldn't walk anymore. She sought the help of Mahavir Kmina so she could walk again and continue her personal development.

Little did she know that in Mahavir Kmina she would find more than her movility restored, one of our allies HMV Engineers heard about Aleida and her desire to study, and they desided to pay for her technical studies! Now Aleida has a new prostheses, she can walk again, go to school and build a better future for her and her family. 

Aleida
Aleida's famous smile

Mahavir Kmina Artificial Limb Center has been working since 2007 in the manufacture and provision of prostheses for people who have lost their legs and cannot afford a regular solution. We have had beneficiaries from all the Colombian territory, even though we only have one office at La Estrella, Antioquia. This fact makes our job even more special: we pay for the beneficiaries’ transportation, hotel accommodation and psychological support.

With this specific project our goal is to provide 40 children with prostheses. So far we have raised USD $12,830 that have been translated into 25 prostheses. We are missing little for the 26th prostheses which is why we want to thank our donors for making this achievement possible.

Almost every six months, a child needs the prostheses to be changed -this occurs because they grow and can´t wear the old prostheses. We encourage you to share the word about our project so a lot of children are able to walk again or to have new prostheses that fit.

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and our Youtube channel and be updated of our advances.

Thank you very much for your support!

It is a great satisfaction for us to be able to help people recover their mobility, especially when they are children. If you look down and think about all the things you can do with your legs and all the opportunities you have reached thanks to them, you can figure out how hard it is for a child to live without one.

Back in 2012 we set a goal: raising $20,000 USD that would help us match 50% of the value of 40 prostheses for children that need them in Colombia. With the support of our donors, though Globalgiving, we have been able to improve the lives of 25 children so far, raising $12,600 USD.

The 25 prosthetic limbs we have installed to children in Colombia thanks to your support mean that half of the children included in our goal have the capability to walk, play and run again. Furthermore, Mahavir Kmina has not only provided the 25 children with the prosthesis they need to walk but we have also given them medical and psychosocial consultations that support the children's adaptation and integral development.

We thank you again for your interest and support, and we hope can continue to count on your support to impact the lives of more children to walk again. We encourage you to share this information with your friends and family so they learn what Mahavir Kmina is doing to improve the life of children.

Kind regards,

Juan Rodrigo Mejia

Version en espanol

Es una gran satisfaccion para nosotros poder ayudar a las personas a recuperar su movilidad, especialmente cuando se trata de ninos. Si miras abajo y piensas en todas las cosas que puedes hacer con tus piernas y en todas las oportunidades que has podido alcanzar gracias a ellas, puedes imaginarte lo dificil que es para un nino vivir sin una de ellas.

Desde el 2012 nos pusimos una meta: movilizar USD$20,000 que nos sirvieran como 50% de contrapartida para cubrir el costo de 40 protesis de ninos que las necesitan en Colombia. Con el apoyo de nuestros donantes, a traves de Globalgiving, hemos podido mejorar las vidas de 25 ninos hasta ahora, movilizando USD $12,600.

Las 25 protesis de miembros inferiores que les hemos dado a los ninos en Colombia gracias a su apoyo, significan que la mitad de los ninos incluidos en nuestra meta tienen la capacidad de jugar, correr y caminar otra vez. Mas alla, Mahavir Kmina no solo ha proveido a 25 ninos con las protesis que necesitan para caminar, sino que tambien les ha dado el apoyo y las consultas medicas que necesitan para una adaptacion y desarrollo integrales.

Les agradezco una vez mas por su interes y apoyo y esperamos poder seguir contando con su ayuda para impactar las vidas de mas ninos para que caminen otra vez. Los invito a compartir esta informacion con sus amigos y familia para que conozcan lo que esta haciendo Mahavir Kmina por mejorar las vidas de los ninos.

Atentamente,

Juan Rodrigo Mejia

 

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Mahavir Kmina Artificial Limb Center

Location: La Estrella, Antioquia - Colombia
Website:
Project Leader:
Juan Rodrigo Mejia
Executive Director
Itagui, Antioquia Colombia
$58,632 raised of $80,000 goal
 
865 donations
$21,368 to go
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