This project will complete and maintain a free hospital for victims of female genital mutilation. The hospital will provide free support, counseling, treatment and rehabilitation for girls that are suffering through the many harmful and painful effects of FGM including obstetric fistula. The hospital has hundreds of patients on the waiting list to undergo clitoral reconstruction surgery. The funds will go towards transporting patients, obtaining and shipping the medical supplies that are needed.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Female genital mutilation also called female circumcision is the removal of part or all of the external female genitalia. In its most severe form, a woman or girl has all of her genitalia removed and then stitched together, leaving a small opening for intercourse and menstruation. Millions of women live in pain and suffer from the detrimental health effects of female genital mutilation.
How will this project solve this problem?
Currently there are hundreds of women waiting for treatment, restorative surgery, and rehabilitation at our free hospital which with adequate funds, we intend to open in May, 2012. These women live on less than $1 a day and cannot afford medical treatment and until now, restoration surgery seemed to be only a dream. With proven success of this procedure by doctors in France and the US, these women will now be able to enjoy better health, and those ostracized re-integrated into society.
Potential Long Term Impact
Every 16 seconds, a girl is genitally mutilated. Thousands of women will be able to live free of the detrimental health effects of female genital mutilation. Women will also be able to enjoy a normal sexual life, something they have inhumanely been deprived of. In addition knowledge that women can get the procedure reversed for free will diminish the incidence of the practice of female genital mutilation and contribute to our goal of eradicating female genital mutilation globally.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.