Personal Stories

Update on little Sawdah

Our favorite Peace Corps volunteer Deborah LaFavre went back to Gambia to visit and brought news back with her. She had this to say about her stay: “One of the highlights of my trip was getting to meet Sawdah and her entire family! Baba, Sawdah, and Mom had just returned from their follow up doctor’s […]

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Thank you from Sawdah

We were thrilled to receive this today from Deb LaFavre, a Peace Corps volunteer working in Gambia. It is stories like this that keep us doing what we do. Dear Tim, Mike Illions, Bebe, Mike Carson, and Dr. Barry: Here she is! For those of you who never met her, here is Sawdah Darboe from […]

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A Lifetime of Suffering and Isolation

Woman recovering after fistula surgery

The life of a woman suffering from gynecological fistula is one of loneliness and pain. Aside from the terrible symptoms associated with the disease, they are ostracized and shunned from all aspects of social life. One such woman is Fatoumata Traoré. Living in the Guinea-Ivory Coast border, she married at 15, and shortly thereafter became pregnant. […]

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