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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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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Celebrating the Wadadia 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 legball 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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