Hi SL Fabz!
The past week was a very busy one for me and members of the Extended Hands Foundation Team. I was in Kebbi state for a medical pool effort for the repair of 35 women who were victims of Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF). This project which was sponsored by NNPC/SNEPCo and supported by the Kebbi State Government took place at the Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Development VVF Center in Gesse, Birin-Kebbi
I cannot express how grateful I am to be able to do something for these vulnerable women. Every time I see the extent of work that still needs to be done, I almost cringe with fear. However, I am always reminded of the fact that it’s not just about how I feel, it’s about taking conscious steps with the resources I have at my disposal. I may not be able to do everything, but I can do something significant that would set off a chain of events that could change the tides little by little.
Here are highlights of my visit to Kebbi state:
Our arrival in Kebbi State
Meeting the women + The surgeries
The project was supported by the Governor of Kebbi State Dr Abubakar Bagudu who also paid a visit to the VVF Center during our stay there
During our visit, we were interviewed by Kebbi TV and also visited the Government House
Visit to the women at the VVF Center with the First Lady of Kebbi state, Dr. Zainab Bagudu
I got handmade beads from one of the beneficiaries of the free VVF Surgery. She’s such a young and beautiful girl
The Ministry of Women Affairs Kebbi State supported VVF patients with donation of items to empower them economically
I must thank the amazing medical team led by Dr Sa’ad Idris and Dr Abubakar Bawa for their dedication and hardwork. They are the real heroes of this project
To round off the project, the Office of the First Lady of Kebbi State organised a closing ceremony
Bye Kebbi! Thank you for your warm hospitality. I had a lovely time
Many thanks to our sponsors NNPC/SNEPCo, the Kebbi State Government, Odio Mimonet and the entire Extended Hands Foundation team for making this project a reality. This is just the first step in reintegrating these women back into living healthy, normal and fulfilled lives.