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About Us

Rise and Walk Foundation Inc. is a charitable non- profit organization headquartered in Bridgeport. CT, with a branch in Bogotá, Colombia. In October 2006 the Internal Revenue Service granted our organization 501(c)(3) status.

Our Mission

To help at risk children develop their potential while giving them the childhood they deserve today.

Our Values

• Rise and Walk Foundation is rooted in the Gospel Values especially love, compassion, service and solidarity.

• We promote an organizational culture that respects and embraces people of all races, gender, religion, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical abilities, age, parental status, and socio-economics levels.

Administrative Team USA
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  • Hernan Bohorquez (President)
  • Marta Bernal (Vice President)
  • Ellen Nardelli (Secretary)
  • Tatiana Anduckia
  • Michael Calomino
  • Manuela Contreras
  • Francisco Middleton
Volunteers USA
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  • Andrea Bernal
  • Lucia Canas
  • Araseliz Fernandez
  • Carol Galemba
  • Rosa Middleton
  • Sophia Morales
  • Rosa Ribadeneira
  • Rita Rodríguez
  • Yelena Rodríguez
  • Yulisa Rodríguez
  • Michele Serino
  • Alba Deisy Tamayo
Active Members
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  • Phil Adzima
  • Phyllis Adzima
  • Juliana Anduckia
  • Edgar Bernal
  • Johan López
  • Daniel Renzulli
  • Maria Renzulli
  • Leo Flor Rodríguez
  • Martin Rodriquez
  • Jessenia Rojas
Administrative Team
  • María Angélica Henao
  • Legal Representative

  • Carolina Jimenez
  • Administrative Director

  • Alexandra Ramírez
  • Accountant

  • Luz Dary López
  • Administrative Assistance

  • Yasser Puentes
  • Social Communicator

Human Development
  • Jenny Arango
  • Programs Coordinator

  • Dahiana Torres
  • English Club

  • Víctor Barreto
  • Technology Class

  • Karen Triviño
  • Teacher of Academic Support

  • Fabián Rodríguez
  • Teacher of Academic Support

  • María Helena Anzola
  • Art Class

  • Daniel Ubaque
  • Music Class

  • Wilson Navas
  • Dance Teacher

  • Alfonso Albañil
  • Soccer Coach

Volunteer in Colombia
  • Laura Gutiérrez
  • María Paula Henao
  • Ana Luisa Porras
  • Camila beltran
  • Jose Cabra

Our History

In 1998, while Hernan Bohorquez was leading a youth group called Talitha Kum in Barrio Minuto de Dios in Bogota, a very needy family came to the group meeting. Luz Dary Lopez, one of the leaders took the initiative to help this family living in absolute poverty in a makeshift house made of metal and cardboard. The group felt that the best way to put into practice the Gospel was by helping this family in a substantial way. Through the efforts of the group, it was possible to build the foundation of a prefabricated house, build the frames and finishes and buy furniture that the family needed. This was the first great achievement of what would become Rise and Walk Foundation.

In 2000, Hernan Bohorquez moved to the United States where he continued to support the work of the youth group, Talitha Kum. Through joint efforts, in 2006, the project became a charitable nonprofit organization in the United States with a branch in Bogotá, under the name Rise and Walk Foundation Inc. / Fundación Levante y Anda. Thus, since 1998, hundreds of people have benefited from the generosity and the work of our benefactors and volunteers.

Our Name

Our name was inspired by the Gospel of Mark 2:1-12. Four people brought a paralyzed man and since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and lowered the mat the man was lying on. Jesus healed him by saying “Rise, take your mat and Walk”. It is our mission to help others to rise above their difficulties and limitations and walk on their own.


PROGRAMS

The Foundation provides a space where children and adolescents can develop their potential, learn values, ​​and determine their life goals.

Children set aside daily routines and difficulties in order to learn and follow their dreams. We help them succeed by offering programs of education, arts, and sports. Currently we serve more than 70 children, adolescents and their families in the San Fernando neighborhood in Barrios Unidos sector of Bogota, Colombia.

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Educational Program

In this program, academics, arts and sports come together to provide the support that nurtures the hearts and souls of the children and adolescents of the Foundation. It helps them develop their skills and build a better future.

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Social Work and Counseling

Through this program we provide the love and support that children, adolescents and their families need to overcome various difficulties.



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Community Outreach

This program gives the opportunity for children, adolescents, and their families to have an experience of spiritual growth that allows them to improve their well-being and help them cope with challenges, and seek ways to help and show solidarity with others.

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Culture and Entertainment

The goal of this program is to have fun and learn, through different activities. Children and adolescents interact and live unforgettable moments.

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Sustainability Program

This program aims to generate resources for the Foundation to be self-sufficient and continue supporting the dreams of children and adolescents. It also provides opportunities for economic growth for families that are part of the Foundation

PROJECTS

Our projects aim to improve the quality of life of our children, adolescents and their families
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OUR HAVEN – OUR OWN HEADQUARTERS

This project seeks to secure the resources needed to buy or build our own headquarters where programs and projects can be developed with children and teens.
  • Donations

  • Advice

  • Volunteering

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MAKEOVERS

This project is the renovation or remodeling of the houses of beneficiaries through the work and donations of volunteers. It seeks to give hope to vulnerable families to dream, change and move forward.
  • Volunteering

  • Resources in Kind

  • Economic Resources

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NUTRITION FOR A HAPPY CHILDHOOD

This project aims to give children and adolescents a balanced and nutritious snack that contributes to their growth.


  • Donations of Food

  • Financial Resources for Buying Snacks

  • Advice or Nutrition Workshops for Our Beneficiaries

HOW TO HELP?

We invite you to help make an impact on this great social work initiative.

If you think you want to help? Read on, and join us to become part of this wonderful project now!

It is one of the ways you can collaborate with us to help our children and their families have opportunities to dream, grow, and develop.
  • Sponsor a Child

    Sponsorhip can help one of our children and/or teens have the opportunity to develop their potential, values ​​and enjoy their young lives to the fullest. More...
  • Sponsor a Family

    You help one of our families have the tools that allow them to improve their quality of life. More...
It is generosity at its best, it is giving without expecting anything in return, it is helping those who want make changes. We invite you to be part of the work of the Foundation. How? Read on ... or contact us
  • Share Time and Talent

    It is an excellent way to put smiles on faces, receive hugs, and make a difference in the hearts of our children and their families. More...
  • Help Us Grow!

    You would be making an excellent decision if you contribute to the growth and innovation of our social work More...
Donations
Making a contribution provides an opportunity to help improve education and provide a space where children and adolescents can have the childhood they deserve. Money or in-kind donations will be used for the implementation of our programs and projects.
  • In Colombia:

    Make a financial contribution. You can make your contributions through bank deposits or electronic transfers to checking account No. 689 533 930 -77 at Bancolombia Bank, Account name : Rise and Walk Foundation, Inc.
  • In the United States:

    Send check payable to Rise and Walk Foundation to 971 Fairfield Ave Bridgeport, CT 06605. Or contact us for payment by credit card.
  • Do you receive in-kind donations?

    Of course! You can support us by donating items such as: Clothing / Food / School Supplies / Teaching materials / furniture.
    You can send your donations or we can also pick them up.
  • Are there any benefits for me? Yes!

    Your donation will contribute to making a child’s dreams a reality
    You help to transform society
    You receive a certificate of donation at the end of the year, which you can use to deduct donations from your taxes

10 +

years helping the Community

70 +

beneficiary children

46 +

Families beneficiary

1000 +

Thousands of Smiles

Events

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Bingo 2016

RWF

Each year one of the events in Bogota is Bingo. The families and children attend and work together on this fundraising event.


  • Date: Sunday, September 4, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Location: TBA- Bogota
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10th Annual Gala

RWF

In September we will be celebrating our 10th gala and it will be held at Vazzanos Four Seasons Stratford, Ct. Save the date and enjoy a wonderful evening and help us support the dreams of our children


  • Date: Saturday, September 24th, 2016
  • For information Call (203) 521-0570

More information.

What is the Mission Trip?

  • Each year the director of the foundation, Hernan Bohorquez, accompanied by a group of volunteers from the United States, travel to Bogota to visit the children and their families, and participate with them in different recreational, cultural and sporting activities.
    In the past two years we had students from Sacred Heart University traveling with us and they did makeover projects for families in Bogota.

Annual Report

Learn more about us through our annual report. You can find more information about the work of Rise and Walk Foundation.

Psalm 41: 1-2 

NEWS

Learn more about us through our annual report. You can find more information about the work of Rise and Walk Foundation

Learning to live better

The Rise and Walk Foundation always works with children and adolescents to help them to overcome the gap of inequality and improve their quality of life...

As part of this process, it has implemented a methodology based on the 4 pillars of education:

  • Learning to know
  • Learning to do
  • Learning to be
  • Learning to Live Together

These 4 important components have been implemented throughout the year through different programs to meet these objectives. Some of these programs are workshops to encourage: self-knowledge, creative thinking, decision making, critical thinking and interpersonal relationships, among others. Many other enrichment programs are offered such as art, music, dance, soccer, and homework assistance.

A valuable prize.

Children and adolescents attending the foundation deserve the best we can offer. Each day they learn from the different programs, and they are always ready to give the best of themselves...

That is why the foundation has decided to make a symbolic acknowledgment to children who excel each month in different activities.

Since February children who have excelled for their participation, kindness and commitment have been put on the honor roll in a special space in the foundation. They have also received as reward some supplies for their academic activities. It is a small but valuable token of appreciation that will encourage them to continue working hard to learn.

Mission Colombia

Eleven Students from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield traveled with Rise and Walk Foundation to Colombia along with Hernan, Ellen, Michael and Michele as well as Matthew Kaye who is Director of Volunteer Programs at the University...

The students worked very hard with a makeover for the Cielo Gonzalez home and business. The group painted, spackled, and set up her restaurant with new tables, chairs, and all the necessary supplies to run her kitchen and business. A beautiful mural was added to the wall in the restaurant. Cielo has four children. Her two daughters received beds and bedding, dressers and desks, and were so happy to see their new room. Cielo works very hard to support her family and with this makeover her job will be a lot easier. Thanks to all who contributed in any way to this worthwhile project.

Mission 2016

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