- Bonnie Ruder
Fresh footage of your impact in Uganda
Two beautiful short films about the transformative impact your support is having on women and girls in Uganda will be premiering at our 2nd annual Evening for Healing and Hope.
We were incredibly lucky to work with award-winning photographer and videographer Kibuuka Mukisa and his Ugandan film crew—Emmanuel Gashumba and Jeff Ssemagenda—who shot both films this summer.
One film will take us inside Terrewode Women's Community Hospital and show the comprehensive care women and girls receive there.
The other documents the story of Grace Akiteng, who suffered with an obstetric fistula for 12 years before receiving treatment at Terrewode Women's Community Hospital early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
After Grace fully healed from surgery, she participated in Terrewode’s Reintegration Program, where she received individual and family counseling, and training in microfinance, trading, and market skills. She has since started a successful market business, selling silver fish and vegetables.
Grace’s story highlights the critical importance of Terrewode’s Reintegration Program. The Terrewode team developed this program after years of helping women with fistula access treatment, when it had become clear that to truly restore a woman’s health and wellbeing, a holistic approach that extends beyond surgery to include social and psychological well-being and successful reintegration is necessary.
Lynne Dobson, a humanitarian photographer and Terrewode Women’s Fund board director, traveled to Uganda with me to work on the films with Kubuuka Mukisa and his film crew. We are so grateful to Grace and her family for opening their home to us, and to Grace for sharing her full story—both the heartbreak and the joy.
We would be honored for you to join us virtually for the premier of these two films at our 2nd Annual Evening for Healing and Hope.
November 16, 2022
6:30 p.m. Pacific Time