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Over the years Wadadia in partnership with Fistula Foundation have and are giving hope to women and girls suffering from obstetric fistula by helping them access free life restoring surgeries . Obstetric Fistula condition is the result of prolonged labor without prompt medical intervention, causing a hole in a woman’s birth canal which leaves her with a chronic incontinence and in most cases, the loss of the baby. women in this conditions are stigmatized among their peers and the society in general, they are excluded from daily community activities/life and abandoned by their husbands and families isolating them not only socially but also emotionally, this makes it very difficult for them access medical care, Fistula is most common in Kenya’s most poorest and most vulnerable and marginalized women and girls.

Madam Rosalina Offering fistula screening at Pefa church after the service.

Madam Florence, Wadadia’s field officer on one on one with the mama mboga.

Fistula sensitization during one of the football matches

 

However Wadadia and Fistula Foundation have changed this narrative, in order to reach far and wide, Wadadia employs various means and strategies to reach these marginalized group. This ranges from broadcast media, community outreaches, football, community rallies , men action groups as well as Door to door mechanism targeting households, Despite challenges ,efforts are put in place to ensure that there’s no place we cant reach, With all these strategies in place, Wadadia’s to priority is to ensure that no women suffers from obstetric fistula when treatment is available,and get the necessary help for those suffering from the same and that those who have been successful repaired are reintegrated back to the society are economically productive in the journey to ensure that we achieve a #Generation free from #Fistula.

Wadadia’s madam Florence took the Fistula sensitization and screening to the church

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Empowering Women For Extra Income.

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Wadadia in Networking with Quilts for Empowerment is involved in coming up with various ways to help build the capacity of the Obstetric Fistula survivors in the Economic Empowerment Sector.

Madam Norah Facilitating the training.

Through networking, Quilts for empowerment is training fistula survivors in quilt making which will help boost their income after production and selling (done by Quilts for Empowerment). This is in line with Wadadia’s third pillar on Economic Empowerment. The training kicked of today 16th September 2017 Facilitated by Madam Norah. At the end of the of the training the survivors will be able to make the quilts which will be sold and empower them economically.

The group at work.

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kick fistula out of Africa women soccer team

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WADADIA employs various strategies to reach the community to sensitize, identify, screen and refer women suffering from Obstetric Fistula. One of the strategies is the use of WADADIA kick fistula out of Africa legball team. Sensitization was at its best when the leg ball team hosted Eldoret Falcon on Sunday 10th Sept 2017 at Mumias Sports Complex.The team is made up of the first 18 players who participate in the match and an additional six players who sensitize the crowd during the matches. After thumping their opponents 3-1, wadadia players started by sharing Obstetric Fistula information with their opponents before they went around disseminating the information to those who had attended the match. This was a replica of what happens during all the matches the wadadia leg ball team plays lead by the field officers and the technical bench who lead the process. Availability of information is one step in the fight against fistula and helps in demystifying myths and misconceptions about the condition, as well as providing information on prevention and treatment. Most of the spectators are men hence they are made to understand their role in prevention and elimination of Fistula.

A player from the Wadadia sensitizing the fans and opponents on matters Obstetric Fistula.

Wadadia line up just before the match started.

Team during the warm up session.

Wadadia team as they faced off with Eld Falcon. our girls made us proud. Wadadia:3 Eld Falcons 1

Sensitization after the match

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Celebrating The Lasting Impact Fistula Foundation and Wadadia has On Women

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Celebrating the Lasting Impact Wadadia and Fistula Foundation has on Women.

The joy is priceless

Wadadia staff sorting and awarding the trained obstetric fistula survivors with the sewing machine packages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was pregnant at the age of 17, not once did I go to the doctor for prenatal care. I had my baby at home with the help of two women in the village, these two women are most trusted in the village when it comes to delivering despite their age. I labored for three days and that is how I contracted Fistula. Luckily for me my baby girl was fine, although very weak.

Vivian as she receives the sewing machine.

The Administration officer Mr. Steve Mraba and Madam Margaret their tailoring trainer in a group photo with the sewing machine beneficiaries( who trained and graduated from the sewing program early this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the very first weeks I did nothing about it because I did not know what was wrong. I was afraid of the odor. My husband left, I decided to go back to my parents’ home.  My mother was by my side and helped take care of the baby but I stayed away from other people including my siblings who were afraid of me- I did nothing at all –people called me names they said I was a bad omen, they even referred to me as a walking corps, and true to that I really smelled as like a rotten animal. One day my mother came home and informed me that she had met a woman named Florence who was attending to women who had the same health problem as me. She told me the woman will be able to help us out since she knew what I was suffering from. The very same week Florence from wadadia as people call her in the village called on us and asked me several questions that I responded to. I came to learn later that she was doing verbal screening to determine my condition if it was a fistula. She then send us the money and I left for the treatment at Cheranganyi Hospital in Kitale town. I arrived at the hospital with fear and anxiety but the hospital staff put a smile on my face, the nurses and doctors were friendly and the meals were also free, I couldn’t believe that I was going to receive free treatment. I had hope of getting better because there were many other women there who were recovering after treatment.  After the successful surgery, wadadia had me under observation they made three follow up visits to my home and encouraged me to join their Kabarnet Rehabilitation center in Baringo County where they train survivors on tailoring, knitting, computer packages, bead work and hairdressing. I took interest in tailoring because in my village we only have an old man who owns the business. I wanted to offer my services. I have trained for over three months and we graduated and were given certificates at the wadadia head office in Mumias in April 2017. I am currently married and thanks to the wadadia community who helped me a lot through giving general education on health and reproduction, I have received both individual and group counselling which I must admit has made me a better person.  I got married again and I have a baby boy named Prince Noel.

The Obstetric survivors as the celebrated the sewing machine donation they received as their start up kit from Lorraine and Harold Kit Brazier

On 4th of September 2017  I received a call from Madam Florence that I was needed at the Wadadia head office because a donor had donated a many sawing machines for those survivors who had trained and are certified. I was overjoyed, I did not even sleep that night, I wanted to get there as first as I could.  They welcomed me and my son warmly, I too got reunited with other survivors that I trained with. We are very grateful to Wadadia for being there for us and for making it our second home, Many thanks to the Fistula Foundation for giving all the survivors a new life- A big thank you to Lorraine and Harold Kit Brazier for donating the sewing machines and the startup kits because you have made it possible for us to start our own business and enabling us gain respect in our communities. You have no idea how much help you have offered me… May the Good Lord Bless you.

Vivian holding her two month old baby-she is very grateful for the care and help she has received from wadadia.

Vivian displaying the charcoal iron box that is part of the sewing machine package. she comes from a village where electricity is still unavailable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want to tell others: if you have such a problem where you are leaking of urine or stool come out. Wadadia has helped and is helping many women have a new life’. A smiling Vivian states

 

The obstetric fistula survivors as the receive the sewing machine donated by Lorraine and Harold Kit Brazier

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Celebrating the Wadadia women soccer team.

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WADADIA employs various strategies to reach the community to sensitize, identify, screen and refer women suffering from Obstetric Fistula. One of the strategies is the use of WADADIA kick fistula out of Africa legball team. Sensitization was at its best when the legball team hosted Eldoret Falcon on Sunday 10th Sept 2017 at Mumias Sports Complex.The team is made up of the first 18 players who participate in the match and an additional six players who sensitize the crowd during the matches. After thumping their opponents 3-1, wadadia players started by sharing Obstetric Fistula information with their opponents before they went around disseminating the information to those who had attended the match. This was a replica of what happens during all the matches the wadadia leg ball team plays lead by the field officers and the technical bench who lead the process. Availability of information is one step in the fight against fistula and helps in demystifying myths and misconceptions about the condition, as well as providing information on prevention and treatment. Most of the spectators are men hence they are made to understand their role in prevention and elimination of Fistula.

 

A player from the Wadadia sensitizing the fans and opponents on matters Obstetric Fistula.

 

Wadadia line up just before the match started.

 

Team during the warm up session.

 

Wadadia team as they faced off with Eld Falcon. our girls made us proud. Wadadia:3 Eld Falcons 1

Sensitization after the match

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