Surgical Success Story - Askale (#263)

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Askale is a widow who has delivered six children, four of whom are living. She is very poor and has suffered from prolapse for more than seven years. She learned about our surgical sponsorship project from the women attending a Bible study that Allison (our WRAPS partner) was teaching in the countryside. She happened to mention that we were helping women with this condition free of charge. Askale is so grateful. She said she thought it would never be possible for her to have assistance with this condition. 

Thank you for helping her regain her dignity. 

Book Review: Half the Sky

Reviewed by Tracy Dunham


When the book you’re reading was co-authored by the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize, you know you’re probably in for a good read.  

Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is equal parts heartbreak, information and inspiration. That’s what you get from a couple who has been all through Asia and Africa dedicating themselves to learning about the lives of real women in devastating, unthinkable, extremely complicated, unforgettable and often surprisingly hopeful circumstances.

This book uses the simple power of telling the stories of women and girls to explore the complex cultures that they live in and how so much of their lives have been about surviving. Those same stories are used to teach us about difficult socio-economic realities and the sheer fortitude of those who have found a way to thrive in spite of the hand they were dealt.

And while they’re at it, the authors teach us about what the world is like outside of our North American norms and how we can use our privilege to affect real change in the lives of others. It’s fascinating how these chapters should be difficult to read but ended up keeping me up late at night invested in the lives of these ladies and how their stories would turn out.

Be warned, not every story has a happy ending, but every one tells the truth regardless of the triumphs or tragedies. There was a lot of respect shown in the way that Nicholas and Sheryl let each woman’s life speak for itself and also speak to the imperfect ways that governments, communities and families treat half the sky… women, who make up half of the people who live under our sky.

In the end the reader can’t help but feel empowered with all of the information that is shared and the unshakable knowledge that we’re not too far away to make a difference. It’s researched, moving, accessible and practical. I’d recommend that you put it on the top of your reading list.

Find it at:

  • Your Local Library

  • Amazon – Softcover, Audio and Ebook

  • Indigo - Hardcover, Softcover 

Also check out the Half the Sky Documentary on DVD. I borrowed it from my local library. You can also find it on Amazon.

Surgical Success Stories - Ayelech & Ayalech (#261 & #262)

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Ayelech has suffered from a prolapse uterus for eight years. She had surgery at another hospital for the same problem six years ago. Her prolapse was very significant but has now undergone successful surgery at Soddo Christian Hospital. She has delivered three children and one of them is still living. When the doctors were speaking to her husband about her medical challenges he responded, “I just want her to be healthy.” So thankful that she has the opportunity now!

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Ayalech is a widow who has suffered from prolapse for ten years. She has delivered six children but only three are still alive. She is so grateful for your assistance in helping to give her life back. Her surgery went very well!

Surgical Success Stories - Four More Surgeries! (#257 to & #260)

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Abebech has had prolapse for the past year. She has had five children and four are still alive. Her husband has five other wives (polygamy is fairly common in the rural areas of Ethiopia) and she lives with one of her children. Thank you for helping Abebech!

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Tadelech has had prolapse for four years. She has six children who are all still living. She is so very happy to be free of her prolapse!

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Loire is a mother of six children, four of whom are still living. She has had prolapse for three years and is now prolapse free thanks to our donors.

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Buruchke has had nine children and seven are still living. She’s had prolapse for four years and is now healing and recovering from her life-changing surgery.

Surgical Success Stories - Bodhe & Kukure (#255 & #256)

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Bodhe is 55 years old, is married and has had ten children but only two have survived. She’s suffered from her prolapse for the past year and is now prolapse free!

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Kukure is also 55 years old and married. She has had seven children and they are all still alive.  She has had prolapse for seven years and is now free from her prolapse as well. Dr. Nate struggled to get a good photo of Kukure since she’s been in some discomfort since her surgery so, as you can imagine, she didn’t really feel like smiling much on the outside. But inside, she is definitely smiling!

Surgical Success Stories - Six More Surgeries! (#249 to & #254)

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Gestane is 40 years old and had five children, three of whom are still alive.  She has had prolapse for one year and was so pleased to have her surgery!

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Amarech is 45 years old and has had seven children, all of whom are still alive. She’s suffered from her prolapse for one year and is now prolapse free!

Desalech is 45 years old. She has two children and has had prolapse for one year. Thank you so much for helping her.

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Abebech is 60 years old and has had prolapse for approximately one year after having had seven children, three of whom are still alive. She originally didn’t want to smile for the picture but then she started cracking herself up. We’re so happy for her!

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This spunky lady is Ayane who is also 60 years old. Amazingly she has had 12 children and unfortunately only four of them are still alive. She has had extremely severe prolapse for six years and there were some challenges with her surgery but the doctors expect and hope for a full recovery.

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Talgore had to wait three weeks for her surgery due to some medical issues but she couldn’t wait to return and have her surgery done! She is 60 years old and has had six children but only one has survived and she lives with that son.

Surgical Success Stories - Amarech & Atate (#247 & #248)

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Amarech is 50 years old. She’s widowed and has had prolapse for five years. She had three children and all of them are still alive. She lives with her youngest daughter and is so happy to be free of her prolapse!

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Atate, who states that she’s 60 years old, but the doctors think that she’s probably in her 70s. She needed some medical issues cleared up before her surgery but after those were addressed the team at Soddo Christian Hospital addressed all of her needs. She is widowed and had five children, four of whom are still alive, and she has several grandchildren.

Surgical Success Stories - Shimale & Wayze (#245 & #246)

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Shimale has unbelievably suffered from prolapse for 20 years - yes, 20 YEARS! - ever since the birth of her last child. She’s a 55-year-old widow and has given birth to nine children but only one has survived. She lives with that daughter. When her surgery was finished the smile on her face filled the room and she would not let go of my Dr. Nat'e’s hand.  She was SO thankful to you for her care and for the way that her life was changed! Isn’t her smile amazing!? According to Dr. Nate, it was even bigger in the operating room!

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Wayze thinks that she’s around fifty years old but she’s not sure. She is widowed and has had six children, three of whom are still alive. She’s had prolapse for three years and her surgery went extremely well. Thank you to our donors!

Surgical Success Stories - Abebech & Balote (#243 & #244)

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Abebech is a 50-year-old widow who has three surviving children to help take care of her. She’s had prolapse for four years and her surgery went extremely well. Thank you!

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Balote is also 50-years-old and widowed. She has had four children but only one has survived. She lives with her son and his family. She had severe prolapse for two years and the doctors were able to perform a definitive surgery for her. She was so pleased and excited to have her surgery. As she prayed before her surgery she thanked the Lord for all of you.