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Wadadia FC ladies kick-started the year on a promising note. The team is famously known as Kick Fistula out of Africa under the Action on Fistula program and plays at the Kenya premier league level which is the top league in the system. The girls returned to the playground and their zeal and confidence is overwhelming as they take on other women soccer teams, taking fistula messages to other counties and scooping awards. These are the encouraging chants that are shaping the season. The team has trashed its opponents in pre-season friendly matches both home and away. The WADADIA advocacy and awareness ladies soccer team has so far won two tournaments in western Kenya ahead of the Kenya Women Premier League 2018 season.

Wadadia FC receiving an award after a match.
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The team had a two week pre-season training with a week review and training on matters fistula under the stewardship of the Assistant coach and Team manager Madam Florence Wanyonyi. The Goal of the program is to reach out to a wider public and increase awareness on Obstetric fistula. Wadadia FC seems to have had an impact, emphasizing that women experiencing uncontrollable leakage of urine /faeces should seek free screening and treatment at the selected fistula treatment centers in the country. At the core of the message is that fistula is both preventable and treatable.

The team receives mentor-ship and guidance from the organisation.

Wadadia management provides mentor-ship to the wadadia fc members. The girls have embraced the reintegration program where they access computer training, bead-work, sewing, catering, quilting and hairdressing. Majority have an intimate relationship with the psycho social officer where they share and get guidance on psycho social matters that they face. Some of the players are beneficiaries of education scholarships for higher education thanks to kind partners. Through these initiatives, the organization is very optimistic of the economic independence of the Wadadia Fc members.

The Kenya Women’s Premier League 2018 Fixtures are out and the season looks very competitive. Wadadia is happy and confident with the current wadadia fc squad. Join the movement, cheer our team and increase awareness of fistula prevention and treatment. Join #KickFistulaOutOfAfrica page and get the whole activity and events as they unfold. Together lets beat Fistula.

2018 FKF fixtures is out

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Quarter-Century Of Shouldering Obstetric Fistula.

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  • FIFTY-TWO-YEAR OLD JOSEPHINE WAS MARRIED AT AN EARLY AGE.
  • SHE BORE EIGHT CHILDREN but only three survived.
  • SHE SUFFERED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE HANDS OF HER HUSBAND.
  • SHE WAS LEFT LEAKING OF URINE FOR THE LAST 25-YEARS.
  • HERs HAS BEEN A LIFE OF GRIEF AND MISERY, HER STORY IS A TESTAMENT THAT ONE CAN PICK UP PIECES, MOVE ON AND FOCUS ON BETTER DAYS DESPITE DIFFICULT TIMES.
  • SHARING HER HEART RENDING STORY WITH WADADIA.

 

The Fistula Foundation in partnership with Wadadia are on shared mission to end Obstetric fistula in Kenya. They do this by increasing fistula awareness, reducing stigma and increasing referral of fistula patients for repair.

Obstetric Fistula: is a hole in the vagina and bladder /rectum as a result of prolonged obstructed labour without medical intervention. A woman or girl suffering from fistula will uncontrollably leak urine/faeces or both and it is associated with a strong odor smell.

During our sit down with Josephine, she gets candid on her personal battle with the ill Fistula and her desire to live the rest of her life to the fullest.

Josephine’s looks don’t betray the hardships she has been through in the past 26-years of her life. She is confident and has a glitter in her eyes that is quite appealing. The 52-year-old is happy and full of life.

A happy Josephine during her visit at WADADIA Head office.

Marriage

Married as a minor, Josephine has never known the joys of marriage, with humble back ground, her child hood life was difficult. The family struggled to make ends meet. It came a time when Life at home was unbearable. She and her sisters sought escape through marriage. Unfortunately she married a drunkard she barely knew and suffered domestic violence on the watch of her in-laws and children who did nothing to ease her pain. She bore eight children and labored in people’s farms to help cater for her children needs. None of her children was born in the hospital, the village had entrusted child-delivery to village old women, besides in the 70’s through 90’s hospitals were scarce and access to services could only be felt during mobile clinic services that one could not fully rely on.

Ill fate

She recalls the birth of her last born in the 90’s like it happened yesterday. She had successfully delivered her seven kids well in the previous years and was then expecting her eighth. Back in the days she states that having many children was a sign of strength on the part of the man and family planning was a rumor. She went into intensive labor that lasted for two days before she was able to get medical attention, but it was too late. She lost the baby and the prolonged labor left her with a fistula- that led to her leaking urine.  When her husband discovered her condition he abandoned her together with the children. Her condition raised eyebrows and was often the center of discussions among groups within her village. In a span of seven years she came face to face with the calamity of burying five of her children. The remaining children often questioned her condition. She felt ashamed. Josephine has known no peace. She was unable to fend for her family since nobody was willing to have her work for them. Her boys helped support the family. Her eldest son tried to seek help but the treatment options were quite expensive for the family to shoulder.

Wadadia’s Field Officer Madam Fatuma with Josephine.

Battling ill health.

Due to depression she lost weight. In moments of despair, she had several conversations with her creator and often wondered why He had forsaken her. Hope came to her, October last year 2017, when she heard of the availability of fistula repair surgery from a female Wadadia Field officer Fatuma, who goes door-door with information about Fistula. She took up the opportunity and after the verbal screening she was referred to Gynocare fistula center in Eldoret, where she underwent a successful surgery. A happy Josephine returned home and spread the word that fistula treatment is possible. After three follow up calls from the wadadia team, on 17/1/2018 Josephine paid wadadia a visit with the intent of joining Kakamega Fistula support group. After having a tour at the organization’s rehabilitation and reintegration center she settled on beadwork and computer as training areas that interest her.

Josephine solely blames stigma as the major reason as to why many women with reproductive health problems stay undercover.

By supporting fistula repair services and at the same time increasing community awareness on fistula treatment and prevention, Fistula Foundation hopes to ease the burdens of fistula faced by women and families within the communities in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obstetric fistula is a child birth injury as a result of prolonged labour without medical intervention resulting in uncontrollable leakage of urine and /or feaces and can lead to physical and psychological challenges, including social isolation. Leaving the women ashamed of themselves and traumatized. Wadadia with the support of the Fistula Foundation identified the need to have a rehabilitation, support groups and vocational training program since Fistula survivors require emotional, economic and social support to fully recover from their ordeal.

Psycho social officer, Madam Martina Matianyi led them in group therapy.

Wadadia has Fistula rehabilitation and reintegration centers in Mumias and Kabarnet that serve as a sanctuary for women and girls recovering from obstetric fistula operations and provide life skills training and opportunities for the survivors. The follow up team conducts several calls to check on survivor’s progress and assess their eligibility for the training program and refer them to fistula support groups close to them. The psychosocial officer offers therapy to individuals and the side effects of viagra group during their support group meetings.  The support groups acts as a safe haven for opening up, their second family and coming up with projects to better themselves. Wadadia trains these women in sewing, beading, hairdressing, quilting, catering and computer. After the training the trainees develop the knowledge and skills they need to establish income and become financially independent.

Wadadia is proud of the progress support groups have made. These women have become more confident, brighter and very vocal on matters Fistula. They spread the messages of hope to other women and the community. For this reasons it is vital that the grassroots work continue.

KAKAMEGA FISTULA SUPPORT GROUP:  These Survivors have come a long way. They meet two times a month to share their experience, assess their progress as a team and forge ahead. Standing together and supportive of each other. The group came up with poultry as their project.

kakamega support group.

CHESIKAI FISTULA SUPPORT GROUP:  This group is well known as ‘Tujijenge’ in their area. The survivors took to farming. The group is doing pretty well. They supply their farm produce to institutions and companies.

“I am happy that fistula foundation is changing women’s lives and helping lots of women. We are clean now some of us had endured fistula for many years without knowing exactly what it was we were suffering from, my bed is ever clean and I sleep peacefully. I have benefited a lot from this support group. I am the group secretary. Thanks to Wadadia and the Fistula Foundation, I will go down in History as a Business woman, our lives have been totally changed”. Marcella Tarus.

CHEPTAIS FISTULA SUPPORT GROUP: This group started out on a high note. They ventured into farming, poultry farming, and kept goats. They are currently taking catering training and want to take the world of hospitality by storm. They are really excellent cooks and have great personalities and public relations etiquette. They are one group to watch.

“There are so many weddings and parties going on. We want to position ourselves better and get these chances. The members are very eager to learn new recipes and the teamwork is great, these group is going places”. States a hopeful Lena-Group chairperson.

These women are part of the fistula awareness and advocacy team. The Fistula Foundation believes no woman should endure a life of misery and isolation simply for trying to bring a child into the world Hence the Foundation is supporting Wadadia’s work to ensure fistula awareness is increased, stigma is reduced and the number of referrals is increased. Obstetric Fistula is both preventable and Treatable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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