Hope for Our Sisters invests in women. Healing from fistula is only the first step towards re-entering their community. Supporting each woman’s untapped potential to live a purpose-filled life is the next step. Some women with fistula remain at CEML, our partner hospital in Lubango, Angola, up to 2 years while infections heal or they await further surgeries, while some stay for shorter periods of time. No matter their length of stay, Prevention and Empowerment Facilitators conduct weekly training sessions at the hospital. Our sisters are eager to learn marketable skills such as sewing, basket making, and reading and writing so they can share their skills with those at home, build their lives, and contribute to their families and larger communities.
We also fund women’s empowerment through the Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo with our partner World Relief and through their Aftercare Program in Angola. One long-term hope is an Advocate/Nursing Education Program.
Through empowerment initiatives, HFOS seeks to elevate the status of our sisters as respected and valued members within their communities.
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