There is light at the End of the Tunnel

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A holistic approach to fistula treatment entails the physical (surgeries) and the psychological which entails raising the self-esteem of the clients both before and after repair. Due to the high stigmatization of the women with this condition there is need to go beyond the surgery to cure fistula. This necessitated the start of the reintegration programme of the Fistula survivors which is implemented by WADADIA with the support from FISTULA Foundation. Under this programme WADADIA has devised various ways of raising the self-esteem and status of these women after the repair. This is done through structured follow-up of the clients, provision of individual and group psycho social therapy through formation of support groups. WADADIA has six operational support groups in Kakamega, Bungoma and Westpokot Counties. The Support groups usually have experience sharing sessions, group counselling sessions and peer counselling.

The chesikaki Fistula support group.

The support group receives monthly counselling from wadadia’s madam Martina matiang’

WADADIA staff attended three support group meetings in Bungoma County. These meetings were held at Chesikaka, Cheptais and Chepsienya. At Chesikaka, the support group have a merry go round and table banking where they save money to start projects. At Chesikaka the team met a group of jovial women who are united by their journey with Fistula, they meet twice a month to share their stories, encourage each other and share both social and economic ideas. With Wadadia’s help they have been able to plant vegetables, tomatoes and are now planning to acquire goats. They are able to sell the produce from the farm as a group, therefore take care of their small families and make decisions that concern them directly. Their lives are back to normal after the repair, since they can freely interact with other people which was unheard of before the treatment. The support groups has transformed them a lot and risen their self-esteem. In their groups, they are able to brainstorm and choose bigger IGAs that they can graduate to through the support of WADADIA. To these women, WADADIA is a blessing to their lives and their family members.

chesikaki fistula survivors women support group photo.

 

Indeed there is light at the end of the tunnel

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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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The Fundraising Dinner

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We appreciate the Advocates, family, supporters of our vital works, long-term friends and partners of WADADIA  who came out in full force at  the fundraising dinner. The event which raised funds that are directed to aid the completion of the WADADIA’s empowerment and rehabilitation skills center block, included soft Music, touching and inspiring testimonies from the Fistula survivors,inspiring speeches, interactive sessions and nice delicacies. The dinner was Hosted by WADADIA’s Lead director, Madam Habiba c.Mohamed. The keynote speaker was Madam Christine Fox of the Beyond Fistula, Madam Nora Hamisi also Graced the occasion.

 

partners,friends and family during the fundraising.

Madam Christine Fox Graced the occasion

Your support will make a tremendous difference to thousands of women in Kenya, who desperately need the reintegration program after the fistula repairs, with your help we can and will achieve a free obstetric fistula generation. Thank you for your gifts and donations.

Guests admiring the beautiful works of the WADADIA fistula survivors.

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Dine with a Purpose

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Dine with a purpose

WADADIA in partnership with its long-term friends and partners over the years have been a committed and dedicated empowerment and rehabilitation center. We raise awareness to prevent Obstetric Fistula, provide free treatment to affected women, and offer psycho-social support and reintegration services for women.

While we have no doubt emerged victorious in the battle to end fistula over the years, the war has not yet been won, much more needs to be done, we can’t afford to wait, many women and young girls in Kenya and Africa in general have and are suffering from this preventable and treatable condition in silence.

This coming Saturday 29th 0f July 2017 starting 3pm join us at our WADADIA’s HQ offices in Mumias,host a table of four persons at Ksh. 8000 or reserve your place for Ksh. 2500. Lets Dine, enjoy soft drinks, share great ideas, listen to living testimonies from our survivors, dance and raise the critical funds needed to complete the rehabilitation and reintegration center block, therefor promote the reintegration of women into the community and give them a productive and independent life.

We are most grateful to Fistula Foundation for supporting our vital works.

Together let’s make Obstetric Fistula Something of the past in Kenya.

finalizing on the preparations for the D-day.

 

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Life Beyond the Surgery

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After ensuring that all obstetric fistula patients undergo the life changing surgeries WADADIA helps the survivors form support groups that enable them to share their experiences and ideas and provide emotional support to one another. Their leaders have undergone some training in facilitating the group discussion,The survivors are able to train in literacy,computer skills ,health classes as well as embroidery, sewing courses, handcrafting and jewelry.  This groups enable the survivors realize that they are not alone-that there are other people who have the same problem,this is often a revelation and a huge relief,it also helps them develop a new skills,The women also undergo weekly individual and group counselling to monitor their progress and how they are coping with life.  In addition the members of the groups who have the same problem can support each other and may suggest new ways of dealing with a particular problem.

 

Obstetric Fistula support group meeting at the WADADIA’S HQ in Mumias.

 

Mt. Elgon obstetric fistula survivors support group

The reintegration process helps the women regain their sense of self-worth, take control of their health and improve their economic well-being.
WADADIA is committed to journeying with this women through their recovery and reintegration process.

West pokot fistula survivors support group displaying the goats they bought as a group.

Sewing session at the Baringo holding center.

 
 
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