September was a big month for us at Fistula Foundation – we launched our first-ever campaign to fund the construction of a brand new fistula hospital in Kenya. It was an ambitious undertaking, but thanks to you, we were able to reach our goal of $250,000 by September 30, enabling us to secure the full matching gift from our generous, anonymous donor!
The man behind this hospital is Dr. Hillary Mabeya, a visionary Kenyan surgeon whose life’s mission has been to provide healing to women with fistula. Since 2009, he has worked from a makeshift health center that he rented and converted out of a formerly dilapidated house. Armed with a little elbow grease, a lot of determination and support from partners like One by One, Dr. Mabeya was able to turn that makeshift clinic into what is today Kenya’s most impactful permanent fistula treatment center. But space grew too tight, and the landlord tripled Dr. Mabeya’s rent, causing financial strain. Your help has enabled Dr. Mabeya to build the hospital he has dreamed of.
All of the funds raised through our campaign will go to construction costs of his new fistula hospital. When complete, the three-story building will immediately double the number of patient beds available, with room to grow. More operating space will be available, so more surgeons can get training in fistula repair through both FIGO and our Action on Fistula surgeon training program, and more women can be treated. And the new hospital will finally have indoor space for a dedicated counseling center that can help women heal emotionally and spiritually, as well as physically.
We are proud to help Dr. Mabeya build a fistula hospital that women in Kenya deserve, so he can continue his work to transform as many lives as possible. To each and every one of you who helped make this campaign a success, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!