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Alison D

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Review for The Fistula Foundation, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Just like many others, in 2008 I saw the very moving documentary "A Walk to Beautiful". The whole time I was watching my head and heart were filled with "NO! NO! NO!" I have always had some involvement with certain charities and volunteer organizations, but I have never been so moved as when I saw the suffering, courage and determination of these women and girls. I was totally ignorant about what fisula was.
As difficult as it was to watch the film, it was so incredibly heartening to see how much was being done and so successfully by the Fistula Foundation. I really look forward to receiving the newsletters because it is so reaffirmaing that what I give each month is going exactly where it should. It is also exciting to see the number of women in so many countries who are now being healed; their bodies, their spirits, their hearts!
I live about 200km South of Sydney, Australia in a small town. For the past year I have had a young Zimbabwean lady living with me as she was having difficulties. She was trying to live in a strange country without family. In Zimbabwe her family lives in a rural area with no running water and the housing is small mud huts. Recently I was reading my Fistula Foundation Magazine and she said she had picked it up to read it but was confused. I explained it all to her. She gasped and said "There is a woman like that in my village, she smells so bad and no one will go near her. She dressses up to go to church but nobody even talks to her. My mother said it happened after childbirth and that she had probably been bad"
She was really overcome when we discussed that it wasn't this poor woman's fault at all. She is planning a trip back to Zimbabwe and we are going to try to find this lady and see if we can help.
I have been very fortunate to have three very trouble free pregnancies and my children are now adults. My daughter is considering starting a family soon. We just do not see how fortunate we are, how safe we are, how protected we are from danger and humiliation. I have been contributing for four years now and thinking about the suffering of so many women and very young girls, brings me to tears. I am also so very, very greatful to the Fistula Foundation, to all the volunteers and everyone who contributes because the difference is evident and the difference means that individuals can walk again with health, hope and their heads held high.

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