We mourn the loss of Benevolent team member Kyle Kehus. Gifts to help someone in need will honor his legacy.

Christine

I am a retired Operating Room nurse from California and I have 2 grown children. I have had a passion and a calling to work in developing counties most of my life. I have done short term services projects and spent many vacations working overseas. I began coming to Kenya in 2009 working with a group of women in a slum Nairobi assisting them in starting a coop. In 2010 I began reading about Obstetric Fistula and the devastating effects on women's lives. In 2012 I returned to Kenya to research what was done to combat the problem. I came across a small clinic and a very passionate Surgeon. In 2013 I returned for a month to do more research and found myself listening to women share their stories of heartbreak and shame. At the end of that month I found myself asking the question "what next" both for myself and for these women. I have become deeply passionate about finding a way forward to independence and empowerment for these women. In 2014 I retired from a 41 year career in nursing and moved to Kenya. I am currently the program coordinator and the house Mom for the reintegration program called Beyond Fistula, attached to Gynocare Fistula Center. We have 15 girls in school and 9 in basic literacy classes and vocational training. The work is challenging, but nothing gives me more joy than seeing one of these girls physically and emotionally healed, empowered and able to care for themselves and their children.

Organization

Beyond Fistula Beyond Fistula
Beyond Fistula is a non-profit charity that helps women and girls in Africa who have recently undergone surgical repair for fistulas. Donating helps these women get an education and training in order reintegrate into society. Please help us make the world a better place by donating to these women… More

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5 supporters
Funded on 4/12/2016

Selena from Eldoret, KE

Young Kenyan woman eager to stay independent. I need a supplies to open my own shop.

I am working hard to earn an income so that my family will not sell me into marriage. I need a sewing machine, fabric and rent for a small shop. More

Validated by Christine from Beyond Fistula

$300of $300

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5 supporters
Funded on 5/11/2016

Beryl from Eldoret, KE

Caring for my grandparents & siblings. Tailoring equipment will allow me to succeed!

I need to pay for my sewing machine, living expenses and pay for an apprenticeship with an experienced tailor to further my skills More

Validated by Christine from Beyond Fistula

$300of $300

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5 supporters
Funded on 3/21/2016

Maureen from Eldoret, KE

New mother living in Kenya. Help me purchase equipment to start my business.

I've completed training to become a tailor. I need to purchase my sewing machine and enroll in an apprenticeship to support my newborn baby. More

Validated by Christine from Beyond Fistula

$400of $400

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5 supporters
Funded on 6/5/2016

Roslyn from Eldoret, Kenya

Raising my daughter on my own. Starting my own business will help us move forward.

I'm determined to find the means to provide my daughter an education. I need to pay for my sewing machine, purchase more fabric and pay rent for a working space. More

Validated by Christine from Beyond Fistula

$270of $400

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3 supporters
Funded on 7/28/2016

Susan from Eldoret, Kenya

Kenyan woman struggling to maintain my independence. Starting my my own business will help me get there!

My parents want to sell me into marriage. I know I can support myself independently. Help me purchase start-up materials for my tailoring business. More

Validated by Christine from Beyond Fistula

$140of $400

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4 supporters
Funded on 7/28/2016

Winnie from Eldoret, Kenya

I'm a survivor of fistula. Starting my own tailoring business will help me move forward

I love doing tailoring and bead work, and I am ready to start my own shop. Help me purchase a sewing machine and materials to begin selling my work! More

Validated by Christine from Beyond Fistula

$505of $500

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6 supporters
Funded on 6/21/2016

Emily from Eldoret, Kenya

Independent mother of 4. I need inventory to make a go of my business.

My husband abandoned me and our 4 children when I was diagnosed with fistula. I need help starting my clothing business to make an independent living. More

Validated by Christine from Beyond Fistula

$451of $450

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12 supporters
Funded on 6/14/2016

Sophia from Eldoret, Kenya

Independent mother. Essential supplies will help me complete my education.

Despite my family's lack of support, I'm determined to complete school to become independent. I need help paying for essential supplies to make it. More

Validated by Christine from Beyond Fistula

$400of $400

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2 supporters
Funded on 7/13/2016

Rosy from Eldoret, Kenya

I'm a survivor of fistula. Starting my own business will allow me to provide for my 2 boys.

My deepest desire is to be able to feed, clothe and educate my children. Help me start my business so I can do just that. More

Validated by Christine from Beyond Fistula

$235of $450

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6 supporters
Funded on 7/28/2016

Jones from Eldoret, Kenya

Single mother and farmer in Kenya. A cow will enable me to support my family.

I need a cow to better provide for my family of 6. I'll be able to feed my children and sell milk in order to keep them growing up healthy! More

Validated by Christine from Beyond Fistula

$185of $400

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6 supporters
Funded on 7/28/2016

Mercy from Eldoret, Kenya

Independent mom starting my own business. I need to purchase essential supplies.

I know starting my own business will help me become independent & thrive. I need a sewing machine, materials and rent to open my space in my home country of Kenya. More

Validated by Christine from Beyond Fistula

$98of $450

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2 supporters
Funded on 2/17/2017

Faith from Eldoret, Kenya

Ready to start my own dress-making business. I just need a sewing machine to get started!

I need to pay for my training course and sewing machine to start on my path towards owning my own business. More

Validated by Christine from Beyond Fistula

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