Who We Are


Who We Are


Since 1998, our president Claudia Ibarbo-Gloyne started Fundación Una Mano Amiga to help and support the nuns from Hijas de los Sagrados Corazones de Jesus y Maria, a non-profit organization that helps abandoned seniors and orphaned children in Agua de Dios, Colombia.


In 2000, our founder moved to United States where she continued raising funds for the children and seniors in Colombia. She received the support of her friends and the Colombian Volunteer Ladies, an organization of women that plan fundraisers, luncheons and charitable projects for those in need in Colombia, Latin America and the U.S.

In March 2012, Extending a Hand Foundation was officially established in Delray Beach, Florida as a 501 C3 non-profit organization. Since becoming an official foundation, our organization's focus has expanded and allowed for greater development and long-term projects in the hopes of creating a brighter future for the children and seniors of Agua de Dios, Colombia.  Agua de Dios is located in the Cundinamarca Department in Colombia. Known as the City of Hope, Agua de Dios is a 4 hour car ride from Colombia’s capital, Bogotá.


Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team


Our Team

Executive Team



Her heart and generosity help us create new opportunities for children and seniors in Agua de Dios. In 1998, Claudia started an annual support for children with her own resources from Ibarbo representation, as a specialist in international education. As our president she is our best ambassador, connecting our projects and goals with new people and companies with social interest.



Claudia fell in love with our mission and purpose from the moment she met us. Claudia is a Licensed Mental Health therapist that is passionate about helping children through love and compassion. She has spent years involved in the foster care system and has helped many children.

Our Vice-President is a woman with a heart of gold full of love with a great desire to help others. She is a great role model for the children of Agua de Dios.

Advisor Team

  • Claudia Ruiz- Levy - Public Relations and Media Advisor
  • Sandra Bernal - Architect - New School Sonstruction Advisor
  • Tatiana Velasquez - Marketing and Events Advisor


Sandra Padilla Malkus began her career as a physical therapist in the country of Colombia.  She has always had a passion for writing children’s books and enjoys the fascinating publishing world. Her experience as a physical therapist for seniors at nursery homes in Florida has given us a better way to understand elderly needs.

We call her our angel. She is graceful and calm in all situations and always brings positivity to our foundation.