Project Fistula Liberia

 

About Project Fistula in Liberia

Restoring Dignity to Women

Over the past three-years, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter (The Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter) has been committed to providing resources and support to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia by supporting medical missions, medical supplies and equipment, doctors and nurses in an effort to help restore hope in this war-torn country.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter and its partners are appealing to the donor community to assist in raising $200,000 to support this effort using PayPal at www.ncbw-metroatlchapter.org. Thanks to a generous gift from Delta Air Lines in the amount of $220,000, The Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter has been able to provide over 115 complimentary air line tickets to doctors, nurses, and friends of Liberia to include 10 medical and trade missions, in an effort to help rebuild Liberia, a country with historic ties to the United States.

 

The Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter has also partnered with the President of Liberia’s son, Dr. James Sirleaf, Chairman of the board of HEARTT, Inc., to help support their efforts at the JFK Hospital.

Launch of Project Fistula

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter, Delta Air Lines, the Atlanta West End Rotary Club, and the Rotary Club of Monrovia have joined forces to eliminate Fistulas in Liberia

In the photo above, Brian Jordan, Virginia Harris, Dr. James Sirleaf, Scarlet Pressley-Brown and Hon. Consul Cynthia Blandford Nash are together at the $220,000 Delta Air Lines Announcement Ceremony in 2007, Atlanta, Georgia.

In October 2008, The Metropolitan Atlanta

Chapter launched Project Fistula, in collaboration with Delta Air Lines, the Atlanta West End Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Monrovia to develop a campaign to help bring awareness and resources to this medical condition that affects women and girls in a debilitating and heart-wrenching way.

Project Fistula’s work coincided with the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security 2009, convened by the President of Liberia and the President of Finland. The Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter has been involved in health and humanitarian efforts in Liberia since 2007, with a particular focus on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital Women’s Hospital Annex. Project Fistula is a continuation of their commitment to the President of Liberia and to its people.

Lives Restored through Project Fistula

The Fistula Graduation

After the women have been helped by Project Fistula they are reintroduced to the world through a graduation ceremony. During the ceremony, women were smiling, conversing and walking proudly with dignity.

The recovery center was for women who had completed their surgery and who were now participating in a 3-6 month recovery and reintegration program where they learned how to tie-die, make soap, learned how to tailor and bake. Over 40 women had been trained in such areas to help them learn a skill they could take back into their villages in an effort to become economically self-sufficient.