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United for Colombia Foundation

  • United for Colombia -UFC- is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Washington D.C. (year 2003) and in Bogotá (year 2005).
  • UFC mission is to fund all-inclusive medical treatment and rehabilitation for Colombian service members -Military Forces and National Police-, and civilians who have been severely wounded in the fight against narcotrafficking and terrorism.
  • Since December 2004, UFC has funded over 600 reconstructive surgeries and prosthetic fittings for 400 disabled Colombians.
  • UFC has developed 5 programs focused on medical assistance and rehabilitation, medical capacity building, and sports for disabled.
    1. American Solidarity: through a generous medical service donation from Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, TX, and Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, this program provides medical assistance and psychological support to Colombian military personnel wounded in the line of duty who required specialized care in U.S. hospitals.
    2. A New Beginning: funds prosthetic fittings and rehabilitation therapy for maimed service members in Colombia (due to landmines and other explosive devices).
    3. A Step to Hope: funds medical care and rehabilitation therapy for civilians specially maimed children victims of landmines.
    4. Advanced Medical Training Program: military physicians are trained at Mayo Clinic in 17 medical disciplines.
    5. Gold for Sports: supports athletes with disabilities -veterans from Armed Forces- who have taken sports as a career option.

Strategic Partnerships

  • UFC has developed partnerships with three top prosthetic manufacturers in Colombia: OttoBock, CIREC and Orthopraxis which provide prosthetic fittings and rehabilitation therapy to our beneficiaries.
  • UFC and CIREC along with Hughes Brigade International, an NGO founded by U.S. retired medical doctors, travel twice a year to remote towns in Colombia to assist dozens of amputees and address their prosthetic needs.
  • UFC and Colombianitos, a local NGO, provide emotional support and therapy to maimed children and their families.
  • UFC partnered with Dallas Medical Center and Mayo Clinic, Rochester which have provided free medical assistance and specialized treatment for 33 severely wounded Colombian soldiers: 190 reconstructive surgeries performed by 79 medical doctors.
  • UFC works with other foundations to provide education and labor opportunities to our beneficiaries.

Funding and donors

UFC has received three grants -US$500K, US$500K, US$120K- from the U.S. Government -D.O.S- through the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs and the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá.

OTHER DONORS

The Colombian Government, the Organization of American States, World Bank Community Connections Campaign, Avianca Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Bancolombia, Banco de Bogotá, Fundación Davivienda, Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, The Rotary Foundation, Putumayo World Music, Exxon Mobile, Gold Plata, Lockheed Martin, Codere, Global Giving, Give to Colombia, America’s Charities, KPMG, the Kappaz family fund, the Frank family fund, Fundación Bavaria, Amarilo, Servientrega, Efecty, Bogota Chamber of Commerce, ALKosto, and other donors.

Key Data

  • In the last 60 years, the Colombian Armed Forces and the National Police have battled organized crime, narcotrafficking and terrorism within the country.
  • Over 250,000 Colombians have been killed and 3.6 million people have been internally displaced
  • Landmines and unexploded ordinances are guerrilla’s weapon of choice because it maims troops and civilians.
  • Colombia is one of the most mine-scarred countries in the world. The presence of landmines has been detected in 40% of the country’s territory.
  • In the last 25 years landmines have killed or maimed almost 12,000 Colombians.
  • Military Service members represent around 60% of Colombian landmine victims. Those who survive endure severe and traumatic mutilations.
  • Despite having signed the Havana Agreement in 2016, the use of landmines has increased in areas around coca bushes. Landmine victims have increased within Police personnel engaged in demining and civilians engaged in manual eradication activity.
  • Landmine victims have increased from 2017 to 2018. The trend continues in 2019.

Impact

  • UFC has sponsored over 600 medical treatments - reconstructive surgeries and prosthetic fittings -in U.S hospitals and in Colombia- to 400 wounded Colombians.
  • 52 Colombian military physicians -25 women and 27 men- attended 56 training courses at Mayo Clinic School of Medical Development in 17 medical specialties: Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Microvascular Surgery, Cardiology, Wound Management, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic Model of Care, Neurosurgery, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Hospital Medicine for Nurses, Hospital Medicine: managing complex patients, Rehabilitation Medicine, Pain Management & Palliative Care, Odontology, Clinic Sports Medicine and Pediatrics. The cost of the training program is US$ 360,000 funded through corporate gifts, a D.O.S. grant and several generous donors.
  • UFC has sponsored 120 athletes with disabilities, mostly veterans, who have competed in 23 marathon races in Colombia and abroad. Thirty of these athletes have taken sports as their profession. UFC sponsors high-endurance prosthesis and bicycles for our amputees. Two of our beneficiaries have joined the Colombian Paralympic team. One of them won a bronze medal on the 4,000 meters track cycling race at 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

UNITED FOR COLOMBIA FOUNDATION OFFICE, WEBSITE, SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONTACTS
In the USA: 2952 Franklin Oaks Dr., Herndon, VA 20171
In Colombia: Carrera 11 #92-20, oficina 303B, Bogotá