Reintegration of Fistula Survivors Taken To The Next Level.

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It takes more than an operation to get the Fistula survivors back on their feet, Wadadia led by its founder and lead director Madam Habiba C. Mohammed, through the support of Fistula Foundation is devoted to ensuring that women suffering from obstetric fistula do undergo the life restoring surgeries, and reintegrate them back in the community. This is through the reintegration programme that helps the women through the recovery process both physically and psychologically by offering psycho-social support through individual therapy sessions and group therapy sessions in their support groups and economically empowering the women through vocational skills training. This formed part of the discussion during the exchange programme visit by Beyond Fistula who also run a programme on reintegration of fistula survivors.  Madam Debbie Eisenberger Matityahu (Founder) and Christine Fox from Beyond Fistula shared on the importance of reintegration of the survivors and imparting of vocational skills to them. Emphasis was also laid to the holistic approach to reintegration so as to enable survivors perform their roles in the society well.

from the right madam Christine Fox,Madam Habiba c. Mohammed and Madam Debbie E. Matityahu sharing a light moment.

from the right madam Christine Fox,Madam Habiba c. Mohammed and Madam Debbie E. Matityahu sharing a light moment.

The Beyond Fistula team meeting and sharing with the Survivors.

 

Reid Garber having his hair done at the Wadadia salon center by madam Florence who is a fistula survivor and Wadadia’s skill center officer.

 

Madam Debbie Matityahu enjoying a dance with one of Wadadia’s obstetric Fistula Survivors.

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Touching and Inspiring Lives

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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.

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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

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The team Behind the team

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`Fistula Foundation with its trusted partner Astellas have and are touching and transforming the lives of thousands of women who are affected by Obstetric Fistula by giving them a second chance through free and life restoring surgeries, they are committed to ensuring that No Woman suffers from this devastating condition with the main believe that when women are healthy and productive the community and country benefits.  Wadadia is implementing its strategies in Kenya under the programme #ActionOnFistula which the organization uses as an opportunity to mobilize communities, sensitize the masses, identifies fistula patients, refers the patients and use the opportunity to destigmatize the child birth injury. Throughout  our outreaches we  emphasize on the fact that #obstetricFistula is preventable and treatable.

The teams during the home visit to Ms. Jackline Buluma who is a fistula survivor.

The group during a group photo at Ms. Jackline Buluma’s Home

Wadadia further ensures that #FistulaSurvivors go through Intensive counselling, psychosocial support group meetings and skills empowerment as part of their healing process to enable them reintegrate back to their communities.

At the outreach.

Screening session during the outreach

the group attended various of activities from home visitation to the outreach and wadadia’s skills center

Yesterday the fistula foundation together with the Astella team paid a visit at the Wadadia’s HQ in Mumias where they got the opportunity to grace our activities ranging from Community sensitization Outreach activity at Koyonzo market, Client home visitations, skills empowerment center tour well as brief session with fistula survivors support group and the Male involvement group.

The outreach was entertaining, educative and interactive

 

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Bringing Help And Hope Right On Your Door Step.

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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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