Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
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The telerehabilitation project seeks to change the way of providing specialized health services and activities focused on the comprehensive rehabilitation of vulnerable populations such as survivors of landmine victims, persons in situations of physical disability, communities affected by armed conflict in the country and who are in displaced status located in remote regions of our country through the SEEDS OF HOPE program which is a program that uses the strategy of community-based rehabilitation, RBC, to respond to the needs of this population in Colombia, promoting the development of the community to achieve their integration into family, social and working life.

About Project

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

1. Develop an economic, regulatory and ethical model to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services through telerehabilitation in the country. 2. Define the parameters and the t infrastructure echnology requirements necessary to implement this service in our organization locally and then replicate it in the 52 municipalities in Colombia where the program SEEDS OF HOPE is present. 3. Establish a methodology for the implementation activities of a remote rehabilitation services through information technology in remote regions of the country through our prototype Bogota and Tibu Norte de Santander 4. Form a group of human resources with multidisciplinary expertise such as medicine, orthopedic, physical therapy, systems engineering, electronic engineering, project management and legislation that meets regularly in order to propose strategies and and short-term goals based on this type of service in order to make the telerehabilitation project viable. 5. Document and conceptualize this type of health services to patients in remote regions that lack these through the SEEDS OF HOPE program and thus provide knowledge and development in the field of health of our country.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our initiative seeks to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services developed by CIREC’ ICT supported through our network of SEEDS OF HOPE facilitating social inclusion of vulnerable populations such as survivors of landmine victims, people in situations of physical, disabbility, communities affected by country's armed conflict and are in condition of displacement located in remote regions of our country. SEEDS OF HOPE program has as its base the formation of regional teams, legally incorporated as nonprofit organizations, which are intended to formalize the actions to foster the empowerment of vulnerable populations and their families in the development of reintegration and the optimization of personal, social and work skills. To implement this initiative, the project relies on the network Seeds of Hope and it is on the development of a prototype between Bogota and Tibu (north of Santander one of the cities most affected by conflict and where people can not access specialized health services and local rehabilitation activities) from this prototype will define the guidelines and requirements for developing such technological solutions within our country
About You
Centro Integral de Rehabilitación de Colombia CIREC
About You
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Centro Integral de Rehabilitación de Colombia CIREC

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Centro Integral de Rehabilitación de Colombia CIREC

Organization Phone


Organization Address

Carrera 54 65-25

Organization Country


Country where this project is creating social impact


How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.

According to studies by CIREC in recent years and based on PAIMAC figures (Presidential Program for Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines) in almost 20 years the number of landmine victims MAP exceeds 9000 people. Of these, 42% were civilians and 58% remaining members of the security forces, 64% of total of victims survived the crash, while the remaining 36% died in the same way about the involvement of the civilian population, it should be noted that 18% were women and 30% were minors at the time of the accident.
People living in the Colombian countryside are more often victims of this scourge and that 98% of accidents (with victims) and incidents (no casualties) caused by landmines victims occurs in rural areas and only 2% in urban areas .
Tibu is one of the municipalities where the of Seed of Hope network is and where our project started to run telerehabilitation therefore we have enclosed information of interest about the municipality.
Tibu is located in the Sub-Region of the Department of Norte de Santander at a distance of 122 kilometers by road north of the city of Cucuta and is geographically located at 8 ° 39 north latitude and 72 ° 59 Length to West of Greenwich.
It is the largest municipality has an area of 2,696 km 2, representing 12.44% of the total department.
Tibu is located at a height of 75 mts. Above sea level, with an average temperature of 32 degrees Celsius and a humidity of 77%, annual rainfall is 2071 mm, in climatic classification is identified as tropical rainforest.
The main river system that bathes the municipality is the river that forms the Catatumbo, therefore geographically conforms with other municipalities the Tibú Catatumbo department. In addition to this river, the municipality is bathed by the waters of the Rio San Miguel, Socuavo North, Chiquito, Sardinata, New President, Tibú Socuavo South and Rio de Oro
Tibú is the most influential oil town of the department. Here operated the eastern district in its jurisdiction are the former concession areas of the Barco refinery and Tibú. Also, crosses the Cano Limon-Covenas. Because oil producer, is entitled to royalties generated by oil. In itself, the transportation tax by the passage of lines leading Hidrocurburos.
In addition, extracting coal and other non-metallic minerals.
The municipality of Tibu is considered the new palm oil producer. Their exploitation has been increasing rapidly advancing on their frontier. According to estimates, Tibú has a great potential of hectares for planting palm. Where more than 10000 hectares are planted and 5500 new acres are being planted.

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Jeannette Perry de Saravia For over 40 years, has been noted for her work to help people in situations of disability in Colombia,
Jeannette has been concerned with improving the living conditions of people with disability and for the past ten years, particularly the victims of antipersonnel mines. Today her work has made it to the municipalities most affected by armed conflict in the country through the SEEDS OF HOPE program and community development programs that empower local leaders who are going through a situation of disability and turns them in self-managers of a social transformation.
Thanks to the results obtained in all this time, Jeannette was able to bind CIREC to the National Intersectoral Commission for action against antipersonnel landmines, led by the Vice-Presidency of the Republic through the Program for Comprehensive Action against Antipersonnel Mines (PAICMA) and the international campaign against landmines ICBL.
CIREC is today the institution most recognized for its work to provide comprehensive rehabilitation services which means not only in the field of health, but also serve them throughout the psychosocial field.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

The Integral community development model encompasses all dimensions to meet the needs of people with disability and victims of mines and in a real and effective way, and succeeds at making repairs beyond pure welfarism. This proposal builds future, looking for a social transformation where the citizen becomes entrepreneurial, productive and teams forming solidarity is certainly one way to achieve greater social impact at having the additional benefit of working groups therapeutic elements that enhance the resilience of the victims and contribute to social empowerment of the individual and community.
Seeds of Hope program bases its intervention strategy in a Community Based Rehabilitation that promotes community participation and the formation of working teams supportive training from people affected by armed conflict.
The program has a modular approach looking at each module to achieve sustainability and permanence of the groups organized by intervention in stages and phases with an individual, group, family, regional, national approach.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

1,001- 10,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?


Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

CIREC develop training modules aimed at providing leadership tools to people in such situations and their families to take action in their community

Task 1

Current situation of the country to connectivity: we need to develop a preliminary study of the current situation facing the country's connectivity with the advantages and disadvantages of this.

Task 2

Analysis and definition of requirements for the provision of services: identification of tools to meet the needs and specifications for the prototype.

Task 3

Prototype development telerehabilitation

Identify your 12-month impact milestone

CIREC develop training modules aimed at providing leadership tools to people in such situations and their families to take on attitudes in your community

Task 1

Current situation of the country to connectivity: we need to develop a preliminary study of the current situation facing the country's connectivity with the advantages and disadvantages of this.

Task 2

Analysis and definition of requirements for the provision of services: identification of tools to meet the needs and specifications for the prototype.

Task 3

Telerehabilitation Prototype development

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

The activities continue to be implemented because it completed the CIREC process of strengthening local capacity in each of the regions by local authorities, private organizations and grassroots communities developing a high local capacity that will allow them to prolong the action from the management resources needed to continue these programs and technological innovation such as the telerehabiltiacion project.
This project provides training and advice to grassroots organizations and victims groups in the Seeds of Hope project management resources to achieve that will allow to maintain the action in time where communities take charge of implementing the knowledge.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

1. Connectivity. The project is based on information technologies and communication, and rely on the connection type to use (either via satellite or cellular networks) to generate a significant impact on the provision of such services.
2. The geographical position of the affected municipalities of Colombia. Our prototype was implemented in remote rural regions so Tibu was selected as a starting point, due to the hard work making the organization to provide its comprehensive rehabilitation services and health teams in such places, the large number of patients in this region and it is difficulty to move to cities to develop their rehabilitation process.
3. lack of knowledge, documentation, legal and economic frameworks to implement these solutions in our country because Colombia does not have this kind of service today, which leads us to work in a complex and unknown field.

Tell us about your partnerships

Integral Rehabilitation Center of Colombia CIREC has developed a strategic alliance with the Center for Telecommunications Research of Colombia (CINTEL) which is a private corporation, non-profit, joint participation, created in 1991 with mission to promote and encourage the development of telecommunications. Its board is chaired by the Minister of Information Technologies and Communications of Colombia with a large number of members, among which are telecommunications operators, universities, government agencies and technology providers. In order to fulfill its mission, CINTEL develops multiple activities and projects that will enable the region to the country and its approach to Information Society and Knowledge. These objectives are: to study and assimilate the emerging technological tendencies with the purpose of disseminating and recommend the suitability of its implementation, provide an open space to all actors in the ICT industry to be discussed and analyzed the economic, social, political and technological factors affecting or influencing the development of this industry, participate in the development of projects of particular interest or sectoral, and disclose the status and trends of telecommunications in the country and the world.
CINTEL operates in coordination with local policy and regulatory generators, control and promotion of technological development. Also interacts with world bodies such as ITU, World Bank, OAS, CPQD, IEEE, Eurescom, AETIC APROTEH LATAM I2BC, among others, which adds efforts for the realization of national projects and Latin America.

Explain your selections

Integral Rehabilitation Center of Colombia (CIREC) and Seeds of Hope program since 1990 rebuilding the social fabric in populations that have been affected by the Colombian armed conflict, from a community-based strategy to optimize regional resources and build alliances able to generate local development, benefiting victims of internal armed conflict, especially those victims and survivors of landmines (APM) and MUSE and their families. The creation of regional teams legally constituted one of the most important aspects in the development of strategy, organization of solidarity groups promotes resilience and empowerment of victims and their families contributing to the reintegration and development of personal skills , social and labor. These teams, groups, Seeds of Hope non-profit entities, start a process of training in various areas to develop and optimize skills and group leadership to enable beneficiaries to become trainer of trainers.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

The work of Seeds of Hope is developed in coordination with social organizations, municipal mayors who are developing partnerships with organizations specialized in the execution of productive projects such as SENA, UMATAs, church officials and police, community action boards JAC , local action Boards JAL, ombudsmen, health and education secretaries, local government programs as families in action, conflict victims families and the community in general. It seeks to integrate the work of CIREC according to the Millennium Goals and the national government's priority plan. Telerehabilitation against this project will have a stronger basis of documents and activities generated by the development of the prototype from these activities and adjusting to the guidelines of the documentation generated in our prototype is defined replication based comprehensive rehabilitation service in telerehabilitation in the 50 municipalities and 12 departments of our country where the SEED of HOPE network is present thus providing specialized health services and rehabilitation activities targeting communities that are most affected by armed conflict and mine victims.

Which barriers to health and well-being does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.



Lack of physical access to care/lack of facilities


Limited access to preventative tools or resources

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

The main barriers our project addresses, selected above, are directly related to each other, our telerehabilitation initiative provides a solution to the lack of access to comprehensive rehabilitation services in our country because this is a tool for removing space/tume barriers allowing immediate access to specialized health services anywhere in the country and in real time. As a result, you can extend coverage to remote geographical areas in a timely and efficient manner while improving quality and lowering costs for both the entity providing the service to users, generating a resource platform prevention for the community.

How are you growing the impact of your organization or initiative?
Please select up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.



Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices


Leveraged technology

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

Currently we are geographically growing our network of SEEDS OF HOPE which has been a really big challenge, because in our country armed conflict is still dormant and there are many landmine victims with difficult geographic access. The creation of this network has improved the relationship in such communities, but through this initiative telerehabilitation will be offered a new solution to the provision of health services specializing in rehabilitation for people in physical disability status, thus facilitating the growth of new and innovative health services to other organizations and institutions seeking to improve the quality of life of these people taking advantage of current technology.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)


If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

• The project will provide reference materials to the country at the time of service in telerehabilitation national health system.
• Define the parameters and the technology infrastructure requirements needed to replicate this type of service to local and national level.
• Forming an economic, regulatory and ethical model to provide specialized health services and activities focused on the rehabilitation field under telerehabilitation serving integral framework for other organizations wishing to implement this service.