Florencia’s Homecoming

After countless hours of travel and thousands of miles, Florencia has been returned safely to her village. We had the incredible opportunity of returning Florencia during the village’s Sunday church service where we met and interacted with the local community. We joined them in song and thanksgiving as we talked about the contributions from both sides, and the trust that Florencia’s family placed in the HOW team that made this all possible.

See images of Florencia’s homecoming below.

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A grand entrance to a waiting community
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Women of the village listening to Florencia share her journey
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Florencia shares her gratitude to the ‘uncles’ and her U.S. team
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Pure joy at the chance to walk again
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The men join in the celebration of Florencia’s return
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Greeting friends and family
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A song of praise at Florencia’s homecoming
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Stepping out as son Guildo watches her mother
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Job well done MAD team!
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Reunited with her precious son
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Guildo showing some attitude!

Douglas shared a message with the community and his quote beautifully summed up our journey thus far:

“It takes a village to raise a child and the whole world to give a woman a leg.”

Florencia’s story has touched the deepest places of our hearts.  We have experienced a myriad of emotions on this trip.  With an amputee, it’s never certain that the leg will fit and will be worn or put aside.  Florencia had some adjustments when she was first fitted.  Her back was hurting because she had been leaning forward with her crutches for over two years.  The doctor had her change her posture and immediately the pain left.  And then it happened. Her face brightened.   She stood up straight and began to walk with a true determination.  As she entered her village and took her first steps you could see a boldness and confidence.   Her smile said it all.   Her world had changed and so had ours…

Until All Walk,

The HOW Team