Last week in Kivulini, we had our last fistula camp of 2019. Following an intensive outreach programme that covered 1914 kilometers, our outreach team was able to identify 31 ladies suffering from the debilitating condition of obstetric fistula and other birth related injuries. Dr Andrew Browning arrived from Australia and working with our highly skilled team on the ground, started an intensive five days of operations. In total 28 ladies underwent life changing surgery. Our total of surgeries on site for 2019 is 136.
During the week we were delighted to also launch our “Under the tree” project. This has been a programme the team has been developing over the last year and is a safe place for the women to reclaim their sense of wholeness, self-worth and belonging. A team of 7 trained counselors from our staff have designed and implemented an education and empowerment programme. Every afternoon the ladies meet “under their tree” to explore a range of emotional, psychological and spiritual needs. They also have introduced skills training to support economic empowerment following their return to their communities.
It has been a wonderful few weeks and we are so delighted to see how the ladies have grown so much together and how much joy, hope and singing flows through them.
Thank you to our wonderful team here in Kivulini who are truly demonstrating kind and compassionate care to these beautiful ladies.
Thank you again to all our donors, supporters and partners for joining us on this incredible life changing journey.
A very grateful team,