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Through this program we enable children to take advantage of their free time in a productive way. Some of our classes include: art, soccer & dance. 

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This program supports and assists families and children of the foundation that are in vulnerable situations at home.

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This program allows kids to have fun while learning by interacting and experiencing unforgettable moments through different spaces and activities. See more...

This program allows children and their families to experience spiritual growth, self improvement and increased welfare. See more...


Together we support the dreams of 45 families and 60 children.


Giving children the childhood they deserve today


Our projects aim to improve the quality of life of our children, adolescents and their families

Our thrift shop “Dejando Huella” is an entrepreneurship project which offers the community new and second-hand clothes in good condition and at a low cost.  See more...


This project provides nutritious and balanced light meals to the boys, girls and teenagers in order to strengthen their growth and improve their health and well-being. See more...


Our urban garden promotes the care for the environment and highlights the importance of natural resources. This project allows our children learn about how to grow and harvest their own food.  See more...


With the help of volunteers' work and donations, this project aims to improve the living spaces of our beneficiaries by remodeling and  improving the adequacy and safety of their homes. See more...


We invite you to join us on all of our social work initiatives.


Would you like to help?
Read on to find out how to become part of this wonderful project now!

How To Help?


You can sponsor and support a child through a US $25 monthly contribution. This contribution allows children and their families  access to all the different programs offered by the Foundation.

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You can make an financial or in-kind donation by clicking the button below or by going directly to the Foundation's headquarters.

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Volunteering is generosity at its best! It is giving without expecting anything in return and helping those who want make changes. We invite you to join us and be part of  our amazing team.


"Giving children the childhood they deserve, today"

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.


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 scrap 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 History

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.

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"Giving children the childhood they deserve, today"

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Contact Us


Bogotá, Calle 74 # 61 - 77 

Teléfono: 3166944523 / 7525234


United States

971 Fairfield Ave. Bridgeport, CT 06605 


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