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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#FistulaFoundation

#EmpoweringWomen.

#ReproductiveHealthAwareness.

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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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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 viagra pas cher 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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