The Strength Of A Woman.

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Name            : Caroline

Age                : 44

Home area   : Kakamega

No. of years: 7

With O.F

Marital status: Separated

Meet a jovial Caroline, working at her assigned work station, at wadadia rehabilitation and reintegration center as a tailoring trainee, she is the storyteller of her group, the go to  kind of woman, but she is quick to tell us that it was not always like that for her, having been rendered immobile by the terrible disease she later learnt was called ‘fistula’, right now she assures us that thanks to the rehabilitation, which involved being introduced to several other women who had suffered the same misfortune as hers, they formed a group where they share their experiences, fears and future plans, they go as far as exploring various ways to generate income, the counseling sessions have been her most glorious times. Over time she has learnt to let people in, she states that she made herself this one promise to be always happy, to celebrate her second chance at life, whenever she meets any woman suffering from the same predicament to re-assure them and support them through referral to WADADIA for help. No woman under any circumstance should live through what she had to live through. We question her further on her bio and this is what she lets out.

Caroline at work, its always been her desire to learn a trade she can depend on.

“I contracted fistula after a very long labor lasting over three days, during the birth of my last born in 2009 born at  public hospital in bungoma, you know when you go to public hospitals due to lack of funds the nurses delay and  don’t pay that much needed attention, I had carried the pregnancy for over eleven months which was not normal, my in-laws made fun of my miseries ,most alluded it to some mistake I must have done during my hey days that resulted in some kind of curse, My husband did very little to help the situation, the birth was horrific, the nurses inserted some metal and water inside me, it was  very painful, it is bad enough to go through the difficult labor and worse to deal with the loss of a baby you looked forward  so much to meet, after three days I discovered I was seriously leaking of  urine uncontrollably, whether I was a sleep or walking and even when working in the farm and around the house. It became my second nightmare, People really can demean, they talked, some started laughing at me, My in-laws had nothing but mean things to say and they even suggested that my husband takes a second wife and rid himself of the shame I brought the family, being a drunkard, he always left very early and returned very late. I was left solely with the responsibility to fend for the entire family, he needed and wanted sex whenever and however he wanted it when came home, it was as if he was oblivious of my state, we together have ten kids, two passed on, he became worse with his drinking, he would disappear for weeks then reappear. At  around December 2015 he disappeared never to reappear, we were  just speculating and guessing, he could have remarried, he might be hurt or forever gone”.

Caroline with her fellow trainees during a practical ( material cutting)session at Wadadia’s boardroom

“I am just glad I got the chance to meet WADADIA’S Rosalina (Wadadia’s Corp) who helped change my life. I was screened and referred to Cheranganyi Hospital in Kitale town where I was treated on 19/10/2016. The hospitality by the nurse was  and the doctors worked on us, What this repairs are doing to women like me who can’t afford treatment is God sent”.

 

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