A group of Kenyan women who have been unable to conceive have joined forces to raise money for fertility treatment
Esther Wanjiku, of Malaba village, formed the group in 2017 after trying for 19 years to conceive with her husband.
The 40-year-old told Kenya’s Standard newspaper: “The last 19 years have been the worst period in my entire life. At times I hate myself very much for not being able to bear a child.”
In those years she said she has experienced ridicule, abuse and rejections from former friends and family.
Due to the pain and heartache she has experienced she formed the support group to end what she calls the ‘pain and embarrassment’ of childless women.
The women in the group have said they currently have no funds for treatment, with an individual IVF cycle costing in the region of 500,000 Kenyan shillings – nearly £4,000.
The group was formed through the Erohim Women Group and for all 103 women they need to raise in the region of 50 million Kenyan shillings, which equates to about £385,000.
A fundraising walk held recently raised 55,000 Kenyan shillings, about £426, and they hope the upcoming fundraiser will add much more to that total.
Esther, who chairs the group, said: “We are sure that if we get monetary assistance it will be possible to one day hold our own babies in our hands.”
We will be speaking more with these wonderful women in the coming weeks and will be highlighting this and similar campaigns around the globe through World Fertility Day on 2 November 2018, an awareness day we have created to start a global fertility conversation.
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