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Like all school going girls Esther was coming from school at around on the fateful day of 27/1/2017,she was a form two student, Coming from a family of seven, four boys and three girls the school had the culture of studying extra hours in order to compete favorably with other schools in the area, What she didn’t expect is for her world to take a big turn for the worse, after parting with other students she saw not one but four men approach her and all she remembers is being dragged to the nearest bush, when she gained consciousness a woman is recognized as her mother’s friend was hovering around her calling her name, she phoned her mother and together they brought her home, she was in pain, she was all bloody and bruised. After being taken to the hospital it was very evident that she was gang raped. After several treatment it was revealed that she had contracted fistula and was constantly leaking urine due to the forceful tearing, a condition that was strange to the family, what had family done to experience such misfortune was unknown, The mother took the chance to consult with her aunt who luckily knew Madam Florence through the #Action On Fistula outreach that was conducted in the area sometimes back.
After screening which was done by Ms. Florence she was referred to Cheranganyi Hospital where she successfully underwent the reconstructive surgery.
Esther alongside her class mates
The experience left the girl traumatized, afraid of the aftermath Esther decided to drop out of school she stayed at home for a while. Wadadia made two follow up assessments on her where she was encouraged to join a support group which she did and is now grateful she has learnt a lot and knows that she isn’t alone in the journey to recovering from Fistula, She is being hosted by Florence
She has embraced the Wadadia’s psychosocial counselling as an individual and in a group. Esther is a computer student at the organization’s computer skills center.” I am deeply grateful for the second chance at life and the inner peace of mind, it’s incredibly pleasing to know that there are men involved in helping women in the organization dubbed Male involvement I am happy knowing that not everyone is cruel, it is beautiful and moving that there are good people devoted to help other human beings, for now am just contented to acquire the computer skills I contemplate going back to school. I will be forever indebted to the Father of Wadadia the Fistula Foundation and the Wadadia family for their patience and love they are showing women.
Esther at Wadadia’s HQ offices in mumias.
Esther in yellow during a computer class session at Wadadia’s skills center
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