Beating the odds. Meet Rosemarie, Rozina, Martha, Agnes, Zainab and Hanna.

Collage of photos of women and girls around the world

Addressing gender inequality isn’t something that can be handed down from the top — we must empower the people affected to create lasting change. Our charities know this. When they look at the issues facing women and girls, they understand the best way to solve this is to involve the entire community and give women […]

FISTULA FOUNDATION: Meet Agnes from Uganda

Agnes is a 25-year-old mother of four from Bukaala, a rural village in Uganda. She and her family live far from emergency medical services, so when she went into a complicated labor, Agnes had very few options. Tragically, her child did not survive, and she began to leak urine. Agnes lived with obstetric fistula for […]

FISTULA FOUNDATION: Meet Seema from Pakistsan

At only 16 years old, Seema developed obstetric fistula and her in-laws tried to have her killed so that their son could marry another woman. When their attempts failed, they threw her out of their house in a snowstorm. When I was 16, the biggest worry I can remember was whether or not I’d have […]

5 things to know about Fistula Foundation (and how you can help)

A woman wearing a Fistula Foundation shirt stands in a doorway and smiles.

Speaking from personal experience, being a new mom is tough. Your body has gone through so much and yet you have this little baby relying on you for comfort and nourishment at all hours of the day and night. Some women, including myself, are left with permanent damage to their bodies following childbirth, ranging from […]

FISTULA FOUNDATION: One Woman’s Story: Loice from Kenya

Loice Masikonte, Fistula Survivor

Loice Masikonte is a young Maasai woman from Narok County, Kenya where early marriage, teenage pregnancy, and home deliveries are the norm. However, after living through the horrors of obstetric fistula, Loice is determined to create a better future for herself and the women in her community. Loice was orphaned at a young age, and […]

FISTULA FOUNDATION: A Mother’s Love: Mary & Leonida

Mary and Leonida

Leonida and Mary are a cheerful mother-daughter duo from Kenya. Leonida stayed by Mary’s side for more than three decades as she suffered with obstetric fistula. Thanks to supporters like you, the two women are now abounding in joy. In 1980, Mary experienced a wrenching labor that left her with obstetric fistula. She had no […]


Sandra is the oldest of 5 girls abandoned by their father. Without his support, their family fell into biting poverty. At 14, Sandra was left in charge when her mother was summoned to her Grandfather’s sick bed. Desperate to feed her sisters, she asked a man in her village for help. He promised to care […]