While visiting her grandparents’ home outside of Jalalabad, young Safa was outside playing with her sister and gathering vegetables when she stepped on a landmine. In that one instant, Safa’s life changed forever.
Safa’s family could not afford the intensive rehabilitation or prosthetic limb that she needed, so Safa was forced to use a makeshift crutch. Unable to run around and play with her friends and feeling confused and scared by the entire experience, six-year old Safa was left without much of a reason to smile anymore. Luckily, MLI’s CHAMPS Afghanistan students in the Roshan High School, outside of Jalabad, learned of Safa’s tragedy and immediately began working to help her. Safa’s story was shared with MLI’s CHAMPS students at Grace Christian School in Connecticut and these dedicated young people began raising money to provide her with a new leg and the rehabilitative treatment she so desperately needed. Within a few short months, the Connecticut children had raised enough money to provide her with a new custom-fitted prosthetic leg and the students at Roshan High School began the difficult task of transporting her multiple times to and from the Red Cross medical center, where her new leg was fitted and she received the medical care she needed. Thanks to the combined efforts of these amazing youth, Safa now has a new leg…and a new reason to smile! See More Pictures
UPDATE: Check out this recent video of Safa running and walking on her new leg at her school!