We're only two weeks away from UVP's 10th Anniversary! It's hard to believe we've already been working with Iganga district for so long, but we have a lot to be proud of. If you are in the New York area (or have friends who are!), please join us for a wonderful night on November 8, 2013. Tickets can be bought here (on the upper right hand side) or at the door.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Since 2005, Uganda Village Project has provided direct assistance to over 220 women with fistula in rural eastern Uganda. To empower former fistula patients, raise awareness about the issue, and save more women’s lives, we’re expanding our fistula work by implementing the Fistula Ambassadors Program in 2014. This work is possible due to a generous grant from the Fistula Foundation, an organization committed to raising awareness of and funding for fistula treatment, prevention and educational programs worldwide.
|The Fistula Foundation has funded Uganda |
Village Project to expand our fistula work and
implement the Fistula Ambassador's program.
The Fistula Ambassadors program will train former fistula patients to become Ambassadors by utilizing their trusted community networks to increase the impact of our fistula programs and services in local communities in Iganga. Ambassadors will conduct awareness and educational outreaches in communities, reach out to women and girls in their area who suffer from fistula, and support them through the surgery and reintegration process. The first training of Fistula Ambassadors will start next month.
Fistula survivors lend a powerful voice to speak out about fistula, and can play a valuable role in championing the issue by reaching out to their communities to help prevent and treat fistula, thereby saving countless
|Asenath helps other fistula patients in her region|
“Whether I am healed or not, I will continue to tell more women about fistula and identify more patients because someone once told me about fistula surgery. And I can only repay them back by telling more women about free fistula surgery, for no woman should live like that when there is a chance of getting repaired.”
Asenath has had several unsuccessful surgeries, but she spends two days a week traveling to neighboring villages educating people about fistula. It is with this spirit that Uganda Village Project undertakes the expansion of our fistula work by implementing the Fistula Ambassador’s Program in 2014. Community by community, woman by woman—we hope to make fistula a thing of the past. And thanks to this generous grant from the Fistula Foundation, we’re step closer to that goal.