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