“A full life and a loving family” is how the 59-year-old Colombian Gabriel Arias defines his situation at the moment. He has been married to Maria Elena for 28 years. They have three children together: Juan Pablo, Ana Maria, and Felipe. The unconditional love they share is built on a strong foundation, with independence as one of its main pillars. The eldest, Juan Pablo, has lived in Germany for the last six years, and the youngest, Felipe, moved to the Old World in August. Ana Maria still lives at home, but she has shown interest in starting a new chapter of her life in Germany.
Besides her desire to be closer to her brothers, there’s another important factor that draws her to Europe; when she was born 24 years ago, she was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Her parents were taken by surprise, but they searched for immediate guidance and support from a specialized foundation to prepare for the challenges ahead, which were in fact much less complex than they’d expected.