Wadadia with the help of Fistula Foundation has supported innovative models of community involvement to meet the needs of women and girls affected by obstetric Fistula. Many a times in the past, fistula was a rare topic for discussion, Wadadia has however changed that narrative, it has traversed and journeyed through various locations in Kenya and has given voice to this women by giving them free repairs and reintegrating them back to their communities.
David, 20, son to dolphin, 64, is the hero of his mother dolphin after bringing her forward to WADADIA for she had suffered with fistula for over twenty years. David who is the last born of four had always been affected by how his mother was being treated in the society and by her own husband. David’s mother was treated as an outcast, for people in the village related to her as [the cursed one].
At the age of fifteen, David witnessed his father physically assaulting his mother and insulting her. This disease as believed by many in Buchifi was a curse from dolphin’s side, even the financial state would make people confirm the rumors. They were a family that lived from hand to mouth with only one breadwinner who is the father, a cane cutter. Things moved from bad to worse twenty years ago when Dolphin got the dreadful condition and her husband immediately took up a new wife.
All her children being male she really didn’t have anyone to clean her when she leaked until our hero, There were days even weeks when dolphin refused to eat because she didn’t want to leak. “I was very tired of the unexpected leaking, I didn’t want to get out of bed, I started having crying spells and feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness were the order of the day, after several years with the same complication I go used to it, I believed it must have been a curse or some bewitching from one of the many women my husband went out with…she narrates. David, decided that enough is enough and dropped out of school to become a boda boda rider so as to help his mother out. At fifteen, he had hope that there was a cure for his mother’s disease. The first hospital he went to gave him an option which was surgery but it was way too expensive considering their financial state .All in all, David came up with a savings account to raise money for his mother’s surgery.
This was very difficult for he was the only one trying to help his mother out, even his siblings believed that their mother was cursed and kept their distance .His father wouldn’t hear any of it was up to David to put food on the table and find a cure for his mother .But this didn’t stop him from having hope he continued visiting hospitals to inquire if there could be a cure and if there is, how much it would cost.
Call it fate, last week, Tuesday, 20th August 2017 as he was taking a customer home, he poured his heart out to her and the lady told David that WADADIA is the place to be, after five years of searching David finally found a solution for his mother’s illness .David and his mother are very grateful to WADADIA for their help. The mother is on her journey to recovery after a successful repair last Saturday. David’s mother thanks Wadadia for the second chance and looks lovingly at David, She wouldn’t have accessed help without his son’s quest.