“My name is Gerardine; my trauma was caused by my husband who abandoned me without saying goodbye. He left me with a pregnancy; I was weak I couldn’t work to survive. I was in the savings group but I couldn’t save and decide to leave it. All of you remember my look when I came in the training, I had a 1 month old baby, I had no food to eat my skin was swollen like someone with kwashiorkor. I wanted death without finding it. The training showed me that I am not alone in this violent fight and I had the courage to try again. I came back home calm because I had time to cry during the training. I started to work and I decided to live alone with my two small children. By the grace of God I saw my husband coming asking for forgiveness and now we live together in peace”.
My name is Therese. I helped a married couple who was always fighting. The wife was beaten by her husband five times. She was every time wounded. The case became beyond my capacities that I referred them to the local administration for counselling. Now the husband no longer beats his wife. They are living peacefully.
“My name is Leilla. I grew up in a family where my parents were always quarrelling. I was born in Sororezo, Bujumbura province. When I was 15 years old, my mother left my father because she was beaten almost every day. It was since that time that I started to do the work my mother…
DECEMBER 2021 Report I married a woman but she did not respect me. She frequented the bars to drink beer every day. A woman who drinks and comes home late deserves to be beaten for little correction; I beat her and we quarreled every day. To punish me well she became pregnant with another man…
The Self-Help Groups have continued to meet once a week. At the end of January 2022, we had a total of 149 SHGs in Kamenge, Bujumbura Mairie province for a total of 3538 women and 30 SHGs for 738 women in Nyabiraba commune, Bujumbura province.
Improving Women’s Reproductive Health (IWRH) FWA community health workers and FWA staff have continued to educate men, women and young people on the importance of family planning. One discussion group for young girls was done on January 21st, 2021. One discussion group for girls mothers was done on January 28th, 2021