About Florencia

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At just sixteen years old, Florencia, a single mother living in Mozambique, Africa lost her right leg to a landmine while collecting firewood. She became unable to live a life capable of doing everyday activities with ease, and was bound to a life on crutches. However, when John Mullen and Douglas Bowman heard her story, her life was turned back around.

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A few years ago, five students from the Multimedia Arts and Design Academy at Santa Barbara High School traveled to Mozambique and took Florencia to Jaipur to get her a prosthetic leg from Jaipur Foot. She returned to her village with two legs, and a future full of opportunities. The students got to know Florencia and learned her incredible story, which changed all of their lives.

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Florencia has learned to adjust to her new life with two legs. She’s forever grateful that she can grow and flourish as a young adult with two functioning legs in which allow her to be reunited with her old life prior to the accident. Now, she wants to give back and provide others the same opportunity she was given two years ago. She is doing so by helping with Jaipur Foot in India, the same organization that gifted her with her leg. Florencia is hands on in helping create prosthetics for those in India who live just like Florencia did. She also hopes to take her knowledge of craftsmanship and the creating of these prosthetics back with her to Mozambique.

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How International 2017-2018 Team!

Greetings from the 2017-2018 Help One Walk International team. Throughout last year, we hosted many successful events including a Veterans Day awareness event and a benefit concert to raise more funds for the people of Mozambique. In the new year, we have many exciting projects lined up: the launch of our new book, “Florencia: An Accidental Story” (now free to download on Amazon), breaking a world record in our #hop4how project, and maintaining connections with Jaipur Foot to continue to provide affordable prosthetics to those in need.

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This year, our team is comprised of Multimedia Arts and Design Academy students from Santa Barbara High School all working together to promote HOW International. The interns are divided into three groups, all focused on the projects outlined above. We have many new interns this year as well, and we are all working under the leadership of our executive interns: Gibson Field-Elliot, Wilson Sherman, and Emma Perme. We are extremely excited for this new year and the new opportunities it will yield. Thank you all for your support as we continue in our efforts to address the plight of amputees in Mozambique. We will have updates for you on all of our upcoming projects in the near future!

Thank you,

The HOW International Team!