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How My Decision Not to go to Hospital Early Cost me Dearly

We met 45-year-old Catherine Chebet at the 13th Fistula National Camp held at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in July 2019. A teary but beaming Catherine, who hails from Bomet county, shared her fistula journey with us. “My second pregnancy was one that I enjoyed; it was smooth without any complications. However, the outcome was …Read More

Why My 11-Year-Old Son Offered to Pay for My Fistula Repair Surgery

33-year-old Beth Cecilia Piyai from Kajiado county is a mother of five. Her children –all boys -are aged 11 years, 9 years, 7 years, 5 years and 2 years. After delivering her lastborn child two years ago, Beth, an unemployed widow, developed a fistula, and had no means to have it repaired. But as from …Read More

I Feared Getting Pregnant Again Because of My Traumatic Birth Experience

Adelaide Khabere Ganira is a 46-year-old mother of two daughters, aged 26 years and 24 years. Originally from Kaimosi in Western Kenya, Adelaide is a businesswoman who operates in Kiserian, Kajiado County. Adelaide has lived with a fistula for the last two decades. She talks about this journey. “My experience began after I delivered my …Read More

‘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