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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

Faith is all I had; I believed I would get healed one day

Amina Gakii Nyaga is a 34 yrs old lady from Tharaka Nithi County. Amina is a housewife, she has 3 children. After completion of her Form 1 education, she got pregnant and got married at a tender age. Her life over the years was good with the support of her then deceased parent in law. …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

BROKEN VESSEL

BROKEN VESSEL By Lesley C.   A friend will ask, how are you? Often we reply, am OK. But inside we’re not fine at all. We are all created as beautiful vessels. But sometimes the vessels break. We break, emotional, spiritually or physically. Others can be mended, others take long and others suffer silently alone …Read More

“I Took too Long to Get to the Hospital, and Hence Lost my Baby” -Naropil’s Story

When 15 year-old Naropil Enole Kereto got married to her 29 year-old husband in 2010, she was a happy young lady. She had acquired the much coveted status of being somebody’s wife –a second wife. Naropil comes from Narok County in Kenya’s Rift Valley province. In her Maasai community, polygamy is not unusual. Having never …Read More

“I Lost my Marriage Because of Fistula” -Nankin Sampei

For years, 55 year-old Nankin Sampei from Kilgoris, in Kenya’s Rift Valley province had enjoyed a relatively stable marriage. It was a marriage that had been blessed with seven children, and in a culture that revers large families – the traditional Maasai family, Nankin was a happy woman. The livestock farmer was even more elated …Read More

Fistula in Kenya: The Facts and The Needed Approaches

What is Obstetric Fistula (VVF)? Obstetric (or Vesico-Vaginal fistula –VVF) is a devastating condition that affects poor rural women and girls across the continent. It manifests itself as an abnormal communication between the urinary bladder and vagina, which leads to uncontrolled, continuous leakage of urine and/or fecal matter (for RVF cases). The World Health Organization …Read More