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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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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