Want to join me in making a difference? I'm raising money to benefit Haven Vesicovaginal Fistula Foundation (Hvvff), and any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.

Here is a documentary based on a real life's story

link to the film on amazon prime https://watch.amazon.com/watch?asin=B07Z45YGBS

For more info about VVF and HVVF, please read on...

About VVF 

“Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) is still a major cause for concern in many developing countries. It represents significant morbidity in female urology. Continual wetness, odor, and discomfort cause serious social problems. The diagnosis of the condition has traditionally been based on clinical methods and dye testing. A successful repair of such fistulas requires an accurate diagnostic evaluation and timely repair using procedures that exploit basic surgical principles and the application of interposition flaps. The method of closure depends on the surgeon’s training and experience. The main complication of VVF surgery is recurrent fistula formation.”

According to NIH, estimates suggest that at least three million women in poor countries have unrepaired VVFs, and that >>>>30,000–130,000<<<< new cases develop each year in Africa alone..

Find out more details about VVFs and Current Situations at



Haven VVF Foundation was created to help women suffering from VVF in Africa. Haven VVF Foundation will provide assistance to all types of women suffering from VVF—old and young, educated and uneducated, and every other woman in between. Haven VVF Foundation will prevent cases of VVF from increasing in Africa by bringing awareness to the condition

to find out more about HVVFF, visit


here are how your donations can help.

•    One correction surgery procedure cost: $300

•    Counseling therapy cost: $100

•    Training programs cost: $60

•    One fine amount of your choice

•    Monthly supports

About this Campaign

    About two months ago, my mom mentioned a project that her coworker was working on and she asked me if I am interested in being a part of it. I said, “maybe, let me check it out.”  

    So I was introduced to Ms. Fatima Abukabar, the president of Haven Vesicovaginal Fistula Foundation, a non-profit organization created to help women suffering from Vesicovaginal Fistula in Africa. As you surely know, VVF is a detrimental, yet unheard of condition where there is an abnormal opening between the bladder and the vagina which results in continuous and unremitting urinary incontinence. The most devastating part is that eighty percent of the cases of this condition is caused by early marriage and obstructed labor in young girls especially from Nigeria, Chad, Central Africa and other countries in Africa.        

    When I first heard about this condition, I was beyond shock that girls around my age had to worry about such "womanly" things like early marriage and child labor, and bladder problems. (only old people have those problems, right?).    

      It was then that Ms. Fatima recommended me to watch a movie based on a true-life story and a true life event about a mother and her daughter who both had VVF.

       I still cannot imagine how I was sitting on my living room couch, watching in horror of what was playing on the screen. The main character, thirteen-year-old Halima, was constantly raped by her new husband, whom she was married off to. I watched, in horror, as she suffered from unspeakable pain because of her pregnancy, yet was still not sent to her village hospital because she was expected to give birth at home to adhere to the cultural traditions. After an unsuccessful pregnancy, Halima developed VVF and in a time when she needed to care the most, she is thrown out of her husband's home where his many wives harass Halima because of her condition. Halima, only thirteen, is left outside in a shack with no walls, out in the cold, sick, and with no one to take care of her.  I sat, in terror, as the people in the village threw stones and pebbles at Halima's face, leaving streaks of blood on a girl whose heart was already bleeding inside.     

      The movie made me ask myself some very important questions. Why are women and young girls with VVF treated so badly? Why are there so many cases of VVF around the world, and how can people like me try to reduce the number of cases of VVF around the world? 

    But most importantly, why, do these young women experience such horrible things, and yet the rest of the world, breathing in the same air and living under the same sky, has no idea that such a condition exists? 

          This is when I decided that I wanted to do something for VVF- whether that be fundraising money for these young women's surgeries and postsurgical treatment, raising awareness for this condition, or doing something for the organization, which is working towards the goal of restoring the virtue of  VVF women.

      With your kind-hearted support, HVVFF can do more in providing VVF victims with:

 Access to corrective surgery, thus improving their physical and psychological health, which in turn enables them to reintegrate into society. 

Post-surgical treatments, and psychological counseling, and the therapy.

Program-skilled training and educations to help them gain more control of life to become more independent and get a fresh start. 

 What makes HVVFF different from other organizations like Samatra from other non-profits is that we take an extra step- not only raising awareness and fundraising for surgeries for these young women but also staying and helping them figure out how to spend the rest of their life dry. 

  My mentor- Ms. Fatima- is planning to visit Africa this upcoming February to visit the Gambo Sawaba General Hospital in Zaria, Nigeria. The purpose of her visit is to plan a project with the hospital to sponsor 2 or 3 girls. A project includes corrective surgery, physical and psychological therapy, and Program-skilled training which will all be documented in the form of a documentary.

I also decided to donate the "big" money I earned first in my life, a $600 dollar scholarship I earned from the MYSO orchestra to this campaign. Since it has to be used for academic purposes required by the scholarship, I asked my mom and dad if they are willing to match it for my scholarship for the donation and they are happily accepting the suggestion.

Thank you again for your time to read this long message and please spread the words to help.

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  • Jason Yin 
    • $20 
    • 2 d
  • Jenna Le 
    • $60 
    • 3 d
  • Timothy Nichols 
    • $20 
    • 3 d
  • Lauren Mayer 
    • $10 
    • 4 d
  • William Summerhill 
    • $10 
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Jean Yu 
Norcross, GA
Haven Vesicovaginal Fistula Foundation (Hvvff) 
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