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‘It’s good to have control of urine and stool for years of agony’

Tabitha Kyengo Koso, 77 years old farmer from Makueni County narrate the yester years of Kamba Community. ‘Years back women who gave birth to girls were paid for bride price at birth, did you know that?’ she asks. The girl would then stay with her mother until around 5 yrs of age. The future husband …Read More

‘I was told cold air must have entered my birth canal during childbirth’

Jennifer Chepchirchir aged 26yrs hails from Sihendo Village, Trans Nzoia County. For Jennifer, the idea of being pregnant at the tender age of 17 years was not something that she ever anticipated. Being the First born in her family and from her community getting education as a girl child was a privilege. While still in …Read More

‘I devised a mechanism for coping with my condition’

In the year 2004, Margaret a farmer from Mweiga, Nyeri County had great joy and was excited to bring a life into the world, her first born. She had carried her pregnancy to term, a smooth pregnancy it was, as she recalls. So when she began experiencing labour pains, her husband Simon checked her into …Read More

‘I felt like my life was coming to an end’

When Nduku Kimazi a 36 year old, from Makueni County labored for two days, she felt like her life was coming to an end. She had no money to get to the hospital and her husband was away. When she finally got to the hospital, she had to be rushed to the theatre for a …Read More

“I feel new Again, For Decades, I lived a miserable life”

For 44 years, Mary Amos, 60 year old from Kitui County has lived a miserable life, full of suffering and loneliness. She was raised in a family that never valued the girl child education. At the age of 14 years, Mary got married. Her parents were happy to receive dowry. At that tender age, she …Read More

‘I used cotton wool and pads to avoid messing myself’

Christine now 26 years from Homa Bay County was only in form two when I fell pregnant.  I was ashamed of myself and being the firstborn in my family, I did not want people to know especially my parents. I felt that I had let everyone down but I could not abort the pregnancy no …Read More

“I labored for 13 hours without help”

Mercy 35 years comes from Eldoret County; all was well for Mercy until she gave birth to her last born child. Laboring for 13 hours before getting help since she was all alone in the house as her drunkard husband was away. When she got to the hospital, she gave birth to a baby girl …Read More

I Have Pledged to Become a Volunteer to the Organization that Helped me Access Free Fistula Repair Surgery

When 24 year-old Trizah Okal welcomed her first baby in March this year, she was delighted at the new chapter of her life. “I was so excited to hold my son in my arms. It has been a relatively smooth pregnancy and I was grateful for the positive outcome –a bouncing baby boy,” she says. …Read More

“In Addition to Losing my Son, I Also Began Leaking Urine” – Mwanarabu’s Story

My name is Mwanarabu Mwambasa, and I come from Vihiga County in Western Kenya. I am 20 years old and I am educated up to class 8. I have lived with fistula for five years now, and this is my story. At the age of 15 years, I fell pregnant. It was a relatively uneventful …Read More

“I Thought I was the Only One who was Suffering in Silence” –Marion’s Story

41 year-old Marion Wambui, a casual farm laborer from Nyeri County, Central Kenya and a mother of two, has been living with fistula for the last 20 years. It all began with the birth of her second child in 1997. “I had enjoyed a good pregnancy, but I wish I could say the same of …Read More