Dina - life returns at 30

16 Feb, 2017 | Bangladesh
OM International
Learning a valuable skills such as sewing brings hope of a better life, dignity and honour to women and entire families in Bangladesh. OM trains 240 women annually in four-month tailoring courses.
Photo by Justin Lovett
Dina's life was restored through the dignity and new perspective she gained at OM's tailoring skills training. Learning a valuable skill such as sewing allows Dina to help her family financially as well, which brings her honour. OM aims to train 240 women annually in four-month tailoring courses. Dina tells her story here:

Sitting here at my sewing machine, pumping the pedals and trying to sew a straight line, I often laugh to myself not just at my skewed stitching but at how much my life has turned around.

When I was ten, my family had to marry me off. I’m not angry with my parents for they could not afford to feed their four children. At the age of 14 I was pregnant, but there were complications at the delivery. Due to lack of proper medical care, I lost my child and became a fistula patient.

From that time on I was very ill and could not control my bowel movements. It was very shameful for me, and my husband and in-laws did little to help. After a year my husband divorced me and I returned home.

For 16 years I was in a helpless situation, not able to work and a burden to everyone. My parents could not afford medical help. However, we heard about a Christian hospital that treats fistula patients free of cost. After two operations, I started to feel much better and my strength returned. However, I was still a financial burden on my family.

I was delighted to join OM Bangladesh’s tailoring programme especially designed for fistula patients. Now I dream of setting up my sewing machine in my parents’ home where I can stitch clothes for those in the area. Life has returned in a way that I never thought possible. Now I have dignity and a new sense of worth. Thank you, OM, for giving me the skills to be able to start earning an income.

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