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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After the Surgery.

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Obstetric Fistula occurs as a result of prolonged labor without prompt medical intervention, causing a hole in a woman’s birth canal which leaves her with chronic incontinence and in most cases loss of the baby. Women in this conditions are often afraid, have lost hope, are living in shame and worse still are shunned or blamed among their peers and the society for the condition and are unable to earn money, Most fall deeper into poverty and further despair. These women desperately need counselling as much as they much as they need the surgeries. Wadadia ensures to reach these women through media, door-to-door, Wadadia Fc Kick Fistula Out of Africa and outreaches dubbed ActionOnFistula.

Fistula survivors at the hairdressing and bead work center

Wadadia employs psycho social counselling coupled with various skills training namely computer, Hairdressing, Bead work, tailoring and quilts training as a way to jump-start the reintegration process of Fistula survivors back into the communities after they have received the constructive surgery.

The survivors during one of the weekly Quilts training.

Most if not all of the women who suffer from the traumatic condition are often detached and heartbroken hence the need for the psycho social counselling and therapy.

The skills training enables the adolescent girls and women to earn an income and build a crucial life skills. We are committed and dedicated to make the world a better place for Fistula survivors by ensuring that we guide and stand by them giving them a voice and every support deemed necessary during the recovery. These Women must know that they are not alone, we are committed to offering them the much needed care, therapy to enable them make peace with the people who mocked/abandoned them, for them to feel part of the society and for them to feel the love. it pains to see some of them totally detached.

 

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Kick Fistula Out Of Africa 2017 Season Update.

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Empowering Women Through Sports, it was songs and dances from wadadia fans as WADADIA women leg ball team played its last match last Sunday against Bulemia Fc at the Mumias sports complex ground and this is how it went down,our  girls had excellent ball possession, good display good runs and not one but seven goals to show for it, full time score 7:0 A big thank you to our fans. ”It was a good game but a difficult one, Bulemia Fc is a very competitive team, but being our last match we were determined to make the last statement, we complement our opponents for making it tough for us,’’ states a proud Lucy who scored more than three goals for wadadia fc during the match.

The Wadadia leg ball squad minutes before the match.

Wadadia’s fans and Fistula survivors who turned up to cheer the team

The songs and dances hit climax as the fans meet the players after the match.

Good ball possession.

 

It was a big win for Fistula as more women and girls came out for screening and some of the spectator’s referred their loved ones and we are proud that two Obstetric Fistula patients are already at the facility awaiting treatment. The team has throughout the season maintained their zeal towards ensuring that the Fistula message of hope reaches more audiences through their home and away matches. Finishing at number 3 the team is optimistic that come next season they will be better placed to tackle the games. WADADIA FC is a family that is cultivating future generations in ways of  Fistula prevention and treatment awareness and we have been nicknamed as ‘’messengers of Hope’ ’adds a smiling Marion who is Wadadia’s midfielder.

A player sensitizing audiences on fistula after the match

Yesterday the team together with the Wadadia management met at the organization’s Boardroom to deliberate and reflect on the season’s activities, experiences and most importantly on the team’s mission to educate the public about Fistula. The lead director appreciated the team’s efforts and assured them of her support next session, the players were encouraged to maintain discipline in preparations for next season, Some of the leg ball members who attend quilts and computer training classes under the Wadadia’s reintegration program  were urged to continue with the positive attitude towards gaining new skills to better themselves. The girls were reminded and encouraged to continue accessing the psycho social services which are available 24/7 when going through challenging situations.

Because of this powerful group of Kick Fistula Out Of Africa who are very determined to ensure that there are zero fistula cases in Kenya, we are certain that the future is bright for all our girls and women, Because of the mentor-ship and fistula training from the Wadadia management team the ActionOnFistula program has been and continue to be successful. Because of our partnerships and the support of our Donors the Fistula Foundation, Our work continues to spread across the country and beyond. Because of you the community reading this, we will End Fistula in our Lifetime.

 

 

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Rising above the ashes.

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Client Name: Esther Nanjala.

Age                : 35

Home Area   : Kimama area, Chesikaki

No. Of Years

With O .F       :2.

Marital status: separated

Esther was married and had had three kids safely delivered by the same trusted ‘Mukunga’ in her home area, (There is only one hospital in the area which is miles away from where Esther stays) so when she was expectant with her fourth child, all was well, she regularly paid the ‘Mukunga’ visits for checkup as she always did, her days were the normal farm work to taking care of her husband and kids. When the time came to deliver the Mukunga was called, unlike her other kids this labor was painful and tedious, she labored for three long days, she threw all manner of tantrums, and thankfully the ‘Mukunga’ was patient enough. Fortunately the baby was safely delivered but she remained with the emotional, psychological and physical scars to show for the birth.

 

Esther in a green African print dress During the Quilts training

Esther at her work station at Wadadia’s Tailoring Center

 The birth marked the start of her two long years of battling the shame of urine leakage, being talked about all the time, her mother showed her love and support but to her that wasn’t enough she yawned for the acceptance of everyone, Esther missed her former social life and self, her mother regularly checked on her. Her in-laws didn’t help much, despite the discrimination she stayed back at her husband homestead, the need to provide her kids with a steady home being the reason for her stay. Back then she could do anything deemed necessary to avoid the taunts of a failed marriage. She lived in denial of the condition.

 

Fortunately  her future took a turn for the best when she went to a neighboring funeral and heard Florence, one of Wadadia Corps talk about the condition she had, she decided to take the chance and introduced herself , she was screened and referred to Cherangany nursing home where she received the life transforming surgery a week after the encounter. Wadadia later made three follow ups calls and visits, during the sessions Madam Florence advised her to take up Wadadia reintegration training. “I took up the offer because I wanted to better myself, improve my home, and take care of my children since their father took off immediately, Word has it that he is in the city and remarried, I can’t blame him, I was really smelling, I signed up for tailoring classes and Quilts training which I am taking very seriously, I am hopeful to succeed, I left my children under the care of my mother since I am a full time boarder at Wadadia’s rehabilitation center. I have learnt lot since my stay with women who have gone through the same ordeal, I joined a support group where I embrace both group and individual counselling”. She express her many thanks to the hospital staff and surgeons for the second chance at life and Wadadia team for the help they are offering women. “I always spread the word, fistula is treatable,  I am dry, now I mingle freely with people, Fistula might have robbed me a husband but it has blessed me with a group of women in my support group who genuinely care and has enabled me discover my inner purpose and talent. I am rising above every insecurities because as a team I know we will make it, I am a better version of myself, a better mum to my children and honestly I am loving every step of my reintegration process and a brighter tomorrow’, she concludes.

During a one on one psycho social care and support

 

Join us and help us win the fight to ensure that No girl or woman is living and suffering from the preventable and treatable obstetric Fistula.

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Paula Tovrow holds a Phd, Msc, MALD and is the Director of UCLA’s Bixby Program in Population and Repoductive Health, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Community Health Sciences Department at the UCLA Fielding SChool of Public Health in California USA. From 2009-2016, she served as Co-Director of the UC Global Health Institute’s center of Expertise in Women’s Health and Empowerment. In 1997-2001, Dr. Tavrow was the Deputy Reseach Director for the USAID- funded global Quality Assurance Project. She Oversaw eleven operation research. she has also worked as a contractor to USAID in Zaire (now DRC), Somalia, Tanzania and Malawi

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