Thursdays Rotary meeting at the Mansfield Hotel, the Club joined a
webinar on Zoom hosted by District 1020 where we were able to find
out about the work of Freedom From Fistula (FFF) Foundation and their
partnership with Rotary International.
FFF Foundation is a Scottish registered charity founded by Ann Gloag.
An estimated two million women in Africa are suffering from obstetric
fistula caused by prolonged, obstructed childbirth and lack of access
to maternity care. The effect is devastating and often condemns them
to a life of solitude and despair.
is all but eradicated in the developed world, in contrast, it occurs
to thousands of women and girls in Africa
every day and they often
have no-one to help.
local fundraising, the Hawick Club were able to contribute £600 in
2019 to Rotary’s Global Grant totalling
$221,000, and this amount
is being used to fund FFF Foundation’s core projects in Sierra
Leone which support
vulnerable women and children at Aberdeen Women’s
Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Gordon McInally led the webinar with several speakers including Lois
Boyle, director of Operations for FFF
Foundation and Margaret Moyo,
Country Director (Malawi) for FFF and Eyemouth's Jo Pawley Past
with footage of all aspects of the charity’s
heard during the presentations how the FFF Foundation were still able
to continue their vital work during the
Pandemic and how the vital
funding was able to:-
provide consultations at the Children’s Outpatient Clinic,
including consultation, treatment and
provide safe births in the maternity unit.
provide life changing fistula surgery including recovery and
look after the welfare of the patients by providing food, housing,
rehabilitation and skills training.
webinar presentation during the club meeting was a first for the
Hawick club and a discussion took place as to
whether this could be
repeated, occasionally, at future meetings in lieu of a speaker.