Our scholarship program provides funds for young fistula survivors to return to primary or secondary school. Donations help these girls and women, who were previously outcasts, get an education and reconnect with others their age. Our scholarship program currently funds girls in 6th through 12th grade so they can attend boarding school. We are committed to sponsoring them through their graduation. We have partnered with The School Fund to help raise money to support scholarships for these girls.
Our Vocational Program provides fistula survivors with vocational training in their choice of tailoring, hairdressing, catering, computer skills, farming, and business. These skills help them become financially stable or even financially independent in the future, hugely assisting them in reintegrating with their communities as respected and contributing citizens. Women leave this program with expanded skill sets and opportunities to regain a normal life in their communities. We partner with Benevolent to help the Vocational Program graduates crowdfund the supplies they need to start their own businesses and begin making money.
Borne out of the tailoring vocational program, the production program provides fistula survivors the opportunity to learn a new skill, gain self-confidence, and earn a fair trade income by making and selling tote bags and other handmade items in an emotionally supported environment. Each woman is paid directly for her products, supporting a fair trade practice.
In Eldoret, Kenya, near Gynocare Women’s & Fistula Hospital, we are building a permaculture farm to teach sustainable farming. This will provide the women a place to live and heal among other survivors, while simultaneously gaining valuable farming skills to apply to their own land when they return home. There will be an aquaponic fish pond, crops, and housing. Currently we have planted eucalyptus and corn, and soon Chemi Chemi will be a reality – a haven for healing, learning, and hope.