WADADIA FC.

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Wadadia FC ladies kick-started the year on a promising note. The team is famously known as Kick Fistula out of Africa under the Action on Fistula program and plays at the Kenya premier league level which is the top league in the system. The girls returned to the playground and their zeal and confidence is overwhelming as they take on other women soccer teams, taking fistula messages to other counties and scooping awards. These are the encouraging chants that are shaping the season. The team has trashed its opponents in pre-season friendly matches both home and away. The WADADIA advocacy and awareness ladies soccer team has so far won two tournaments in western Kenya ahead of the Kenya Women Premier League 2018 season.

Wadadia FC receiving an award after a match.
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The team had a two week pre-season training with a week review and training on matters fistula under the stewardship of the Assistant coach and Team manager Madam Florence Wanyonyi. The Goal of the program is to reach out to a wider public and increase awareness on Obstetric fistula. Wadadia FC seems to have had an impact, emphasizing that women experiencing uncontrollable leakage of urine /faeces should seek free screening and treatment at the selected fistula treatment centers in the country. At the core of the message is that fistula is both preventable and treatable.

The team receives mentor-ship and guidance from the organisation.

Wadadia management provides mentor-ship to the wadadia fc members. The girls have embraced the reintegration program where they access computer training, bead-work, sewing, catering, quilting and hairdressing. Majority have an intimate relationship with the psycho social officer where they share and get guidance on psycho social matters that they face. Some of the players are beneficiaries of education scholarships for higher education thanks to kind partners. Through these initiatives, the organization is very optimistic of the economic independence of the Wadadia Fc members.

The Kenya Women’s Premier League 2018 Fixtures are out and the season looks very competitive. Wadadia is happy and confident with the current wadadia fc squad. Join the movement, cheer our team and increase awareness of fistula prevention and treatment. Join #KickFistulaOutOfAfrica page and get the whole activity and events as they unfold. Together lets beat Fistula.

2018 FKF fixtures is out

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Snatched of a Childhood.

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The joys of childhood are wonderful and endless. Most children are confident of protection from their elders/parents and the provision of their parents and loved ones, but that is not always the case, Sexual perversion in Kenya has reached alarming levels. Rarely does a week pass before such depraved acts are reported by the media. The sexual offenders are no selector of gender. We take you back into time as Emma and Sussy share their ordeals, but a first look at all matters fistula…. 

 Fistula:  1. obstetric fistula most commonly occurs among girls and women who live in low –resource countries, who give birth without access to medical help. If a woman’s labor becomes obstructed, she could remain in pain for days, the baby is likely to die and she is often left with an obstetric fistula, which renders her incontinent of urine or feces or both. 2. Traumatic Fistula can be contracted as a result of rape. There are many other types of fistula, Wadadia mainly focuses on Obstetric Fistula.

There is more: More and more kids both female and male are suffering from fistula as a result of sexual assault where a male forcefully enters and tears their still developing reproductive organ. Some of these cases get reported but most go unreported in bid to protect the perpetrators who in most cases are family members in an effort to protect the family image.

EMMA’S Story

Emmy Nafula hails from Mount Elgon, Kenya, the 5 year old was sexually assaulted at the age of 2 at the care of his brothers aged 15 years and 18 years. The mother who prefers to be called Mama Emma is a busy housewife. Who has to fetch water miles away from home?, she takes up odd jobs such as farm hand to help her husband fend for the family. Upon her return home she found her only daughter bleeding, she questioned her brothers but they all remained mum. Several days later, Emma was uncontrollably leaking urine. Unknown to many her mother too was leaking urine since the year she gave birth to Emma. She had kept her problem secret by napping herself up with clothes for fear of gossip and isolation, in the area a woman with such illness was regarded as a cursed woman.

Mama Emma was treated of obstetric fistula while Emma of Traumatic Fistula.

HEART TO HEART:  Mama Emma got candid with us.

“if you have lived through the incontinent trauma, you know how hard it is to see your baby withdrawn and always afraid of something, sometimes she even cries in her sleep, its hard, so disheartening, as a mother to know that you failed your own baby girl’’, states Mama Emma. Emma rarely went out she would always coil in the kitchen corner and for the one year Emma never played with other kids.

Wadadia’s psycho social support officer Madam Martina together with Sussy and Emma after a counselling session

HOPE WAS ON THE WAY…

In early 2015 during the Action on Fistula outreach Mama Emma sought help from Kennes, Wadadia’s field officer in the area, her travel to the Cherenganyi Nursing home was facilitated by Wadadia, and she received quality care and hospitality. She opened up about her condition too. Both mother and daughter received the free dignity restoring surgery.

Supportive and psychological care

Emma is currently a nursery school student at Walanga primary school. She is still withdrawn but with the counselling and therapeutic care the mother and daughter access weekly, she is optimistic there will get there. The two are currently dry and rid of the burden of suffering and living in shame. Emma’s mother is currently embracing Wadadia’s reintegration program, she took up tailoring and Quilts training. She is grateful for her support group’s help. “These women are simply amazing…we are there for each other always, The people who came up with the idea of repairing women like us, Words will never express our appreciation’’, Smiles a gushy Mama Emma, We heard of the Fistula Foundation and the work they are doing during our stay at the hospital and at wadadia and we are thankful for the second chance at life they offered us.

LIT FUTURE: we are making beautiful bags, dresses and quilts which we sell, we are also involved in farming which boosts our economic status.

Sussy Nasike story.

Sussy currently 11 years old loved playing like all young kids do. She was intrigued by the dangerous boyish games like playing football, running around, looking after cattle and climbing trees. Unfortunately her love for tree climbing didn’t end well after falling from the tree and having been badly torn by a branch that she was left leaking of Urine. She was successfully repaired in 2015 at the Chernganyi Nursing home thanks to the Action on Fistula Program.

Sussy joined the mount Elgon support group as they received sufuria’s

 Parting Shot: Wadadia’s passion is to end obstetric fistula and offer income generating skills training to fistula survivors in Kenya. The healing following surgery is vital. All should know obstetric fistula is both preventable and treatable. The surgery is freely offered by the Fistula Foundation.

 

 

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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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