Once Devastated, Now an Inspiration
Christine suffered a fistula in her first pregnancy. For 5 years, she endured incontinence and humiliation. Christine is one of nearly 200,000 Ugandan women living with fistula.
What makes Christine’s story unique is that she was not alone. Most women suffer not only the loss of a child but of friends, family and husbands. However, Christine’s husband stood by her side and after years of anguish, they found hope through Worldwide Fistula Fund (WFF), and partner, TERREWODE.
A fistula can only be healed through surgery.
After 3 complicated procedures, Christine’s fistula was finally closed and she was dry!
After recovery, Christine enrolled at TERREWODE’s Women’s Empowerment Center (WEES), launched through a grant from WFF. There she received education in literacy, reproductive health and vocational skills training. Before long, Christine found her passion in catering and joined her local Fistula Solidarity Group upon returning home.
With funds borrowed from her Solidarity Group, Christine established her own snack business! Today, Christine produces and supplies snacks to schools in her community and teaches catering and cooking to other fistula survivors at WEES.
Christine also performs in WEES’ Music, Dance and Drama group to increase awareness and advocate for women suffering from fistulas in multiple communities. As Christine travels with her group, she continues to identify fistula sufferers and help them seek treatment.
A woman once devastated is now an inspiration to other women suffering with fistula!
Top photo courtesy Joni Kabana.