OUR GOAL IS TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF THE POOR LIVING CONDITIONS AND THE PRIMARY NECESSITIES OF SITUATIONS, THAT INCLUDE VULNERABILITY, ABANDONMENT, SEXUAL ABUSE, LACK OF AFFECTION, AND THE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL MISTREATMENT, OF CHILDREN AND ELDERLY IN THE COMMUNITIES AROUND AGUA DE DIOS, COLOMBIA.
WE HAVE BEEN PROVIDING SUPPORT, BASIC NECESSITIES, EDUCATION, MEDICAL ASSISTANCE, IMPROVEMENTS AND NEW FACILITIES FOR LIVING AND STUDYING TO MORE THAN 350 CHILDREN AND 80 ABANDONED ELDERS IN AGUA DE DIOS, COLOMBIA, SINCE 1998.
In 1998, our founder and president, Claudia Ibarbo-Gloyne, along with relatives, classmates and friends, started Fundación Una Mano Amiga. Through much effort and dedication, we have created a foundation that has as its main objective to support the social work of the congregation Hijas de los Sagrados Corazones de Jesus y Maria, a non-profit organization that has three boarding schools, one community school and an elderly home for abandoned and sick seniors patients in Agua de Dios, Colombia.
In this community we support and empower:
1. Boarding school Nazareth: 40 boys
2. Boarding school Santa Ana: 35 girls
3. Boarding school Santa Elena: 35 teenagers
4. Children from Agua de Dios’ surrounding villages: 350 children
5. Elderly Home Guillermo Greffeisten: 80 elders
We provide clothing, personal care supplies, education, infrastructure, sports, entertainment but we especially give them lots of love. We also sing, play and dance with them, we hug them, we listen to them and we give the love that God has for each one of them.
We also supply basic necessities such as clothing, medical supplies and hygiene products to 80 abandoned elders. Some of them are suffering from leprosy and mental deficiencies and need special care and medicine. The elders also need improved lodgings such as new beds, chairs, wheelchairs, walkers, and basic personal care supplies; however, what they need most is company, love and entertainment.
In 2012, our “Fundacion Una Mano Amiga” officially registered in the State of Florida, USA, as an organization nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, and in the year 2015 a DBA was created under the name “Extending a Hand Foundation”
Please, help us extend a hand and bring real hope to those in need by supporting programs that will make short and long-term improvements. Help us lay the foundation that will empower the community, help attain financial and educational goals, and encourage growth and independence. Together we can provide them a better life with dignity and security.