April 6, 2016
Dears Friends and Supporters,
We would like to report that we had a very successful 5 week trip during February & March. Over 50 surgeries were completed. I am copying a thank you note Paul Robinson our Facilities and Administrative Head sent to one of our donors in Sierra Leone and this message says it all! Paul spends 85 % of his time in Sierra Leone.
“Just a short message of thanks, you are most likely sitting comfortably in your home or office with friends, family or colleague’s around you, the reality here is that the ladies that you have helped with your generosity just don’t have any of the comforts that surround you.
Many have leaked urine, and or feces for a long time, one of our recent patients suffered this horror for 44 years, now thanks to you and people like you she is now dry and clean, and so so happy.
Every day I see the anguish, pain and suffering of these ladies, some of them have had the indignity of being chained to a tree or locked in a shed, treated as witches and outcasts because of their problem known as fistula. And then after surgery the joy and smiles that say they have their dignity restored, and it’s thanks to you that this has happened.
It will be very difficult for you to imagine the prior life of these ladies, but believe me, you make a very big difference to their future lives, thank you so much.”
West Africa Fistula Foundation
We had the opportunity to film 2 patient testimonies and a documentary that was put on by the Fistula Patients and directed by our Matron Mariam Swaray. I think you will enjoy every minute. See below links: