My name is Lisa. I was born as Sandra Sanchez in Bogota, Colombia. I want to find My Biological parents. I was adopted by a Belgian family from colombia in 1997, there was a news article printed in the news in 1996 about missing children looking for their homes. since I was a child I have had it difficult to figure out who I am, and where I come from. In 2011 I went to Colombia for the first time with my adopted parents and when i arrived i felt like i was home for the first time. back then i didn’t think that it was possible for me to find my Biological parents, so i did nothing about it. but the thought of finding them stayed with me since i can remember. In 2013 I went back to Colombia this time Alone and i did some effort to find some information about my biological mother but i didn’t get anything valuable from that time. Since 26th April 2018, I have set a Challenge for myself to find my Biological parents (My mother or Father) or Relatives. Anyone from my family that i can find, would be of great value to me because they will help me understand who I am. i give myself a year where I’m willing to do everything in my power to find my biological parents. I hope to close this chapter in my life so i can go on with peace in my heart and my mind. And that’s why I need your help. as you may have heard “ We are always 6 people away from finding anybody in the world. Please help me share my story with your friends and family because maybe one of them is the only missing link i need to find my Biological parents or relatives. Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar ICBF Plan Angel Noticias Caracol Noticias RCN Blu Radio Caracol Radio El TiempoCanal RCN Shakira Carlosvivesmusic FONSECA Fanny Lu Caracol Televisión Follow and share my story https://www.facebook.com/The-Journey-Of-A-Lifetime-169214300449482/https://www.instagram.com/the_journey_of_a_lifetime_/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHpODb0a4D3QIwnFz0y7e2Q
Posted by The Journey Of A Lifetime on Sunday, April 29, 2018
Lisa Vander Eecken’s Facebook video on the search for her biological mother.
Despite having a Belgian name and Belgian parents, Lisa Vander Eecken never felt completely at home in Belgium. Growing up in the small village of Teralfene, a half hour from Brussels, the 23-year-old educational sciences student always wondered if her true place in this world might be in Colombia.
In 2011, at the age of 16, Lisa went on a family vacation to Bogotá to find out. The truth dawned on her the very moment she got here. “The first step that I took out of the plane…I just knew I was back home,” she said. “It was really weird for me because I’ve never really had that before. It was so strong, and I related to Colombians immediately.”
Lisa wasn’t always Lisa. She was born Sandra Sanchez in Bogotá and, along with her brother Óscar, was put into foster care at a young age. In 1997, Jean-Marie and Marleen, a Belgian couple unable to have children of their own, decided on adopting two children from Colombia. They arrived in Bogotá full of hope that the adoption agency, Á la Croisée des Chemins, could connect them with children that would complete their family. They found Sandra and her younger brother Óscar, and they brought them to Belgium as Lisa and Andres.
Unlike her brother Andres, Lisa’s desire to know about her origins raised many questions that she needed answered. “She always asked about her biological parents and we didn’t know enough to answer her questions,” Lisa’s father Jean-Marie told us. When the family decided to finally fly to Bogotá in 2011, they were able to meet with the original foster parents as well as the woman who brought them to the foster home. And although Lisa had no memories of her first four years, she stepped into the foster home and certain features–the stairwell, the odour–seemed familiar, as if from a song she’d long forgotten.
When Lisa turned 18, she was able to return to Bogotá, this time alone, to find out more about her mother. On becoming an adult, she was able to access documents that would provide clues to her past. Her documents included pictures of both her and her brother as children as well as their mother’s name: Nidia Patricia Sanchez.
Four years later Lisa became a mother and a new sense of urgency took over in the search for her mother. Her baby boy is almost 2 now and, assisted by her boyfriend Rodgers, she’s given herself a further year to find her biological mother by way of a social media campaign called The Journey of a Lifetime. On Sunday morning, she reached out to us to get the ball rolling on her search.
Nidia Sanchez was around 19 when she gave her children up for adoption. Lisa was alarmed to find out that, in addition to being an alcoholic, Nidia had been abusive and negligent as a mother. “But I believe that in there somewhere she’s still a strong person,” Lisa told us, “Because it would be really hard to just leave your kids. Me being a Mum, I would not be strong enough to do that.”
Lisa has little more than a name to go on with her search but she’s certain of what she might expect to see if she was successful in finding her. “I’ve got a little dimple when I smile I like to think that maybe I have that from her!” She’s also certain of what she would do when she does finally find Nidia Sanchez. “I don’t think I would say a lot. I would just give her a really long and big hug and maybe just tell her that, after all this time, I still love her, unconditionally.”