By: Habiba Cooper Diallo
The planning started in February while I was on a study abroad program in France. My mother and sister, Afua and Lami, along with a close friend, Juanita, worked tirelessly to organize my fundraiser while I was away.
The morning of my party, I was invited onto the African Woman & Family show on CIUT radio to give an interview about starting WHOI and my recent trip to Ethiopia. I really enjoyed the interview as I was able explain the tragedy of the affliction and discuss the ways in which WHOI intends to do to support fistula.
I quickly left the studio and made my way to the party venue, a lively restaurant in down town Toronto called the Harlem. Upon arrival, my mother, sister, and some friends were setting-up. Ron Fanfair from the Share newspaper was also present to do a brief interview with me about the fundraiser. We went into one of the back rooms where he could get a good audio recording.
Habiba Cooper Diallo
I am a Canadian fistula advocate and blogger, and the founder of the Women’s Health Organization International, WHOI. I have been doing fistula awareness-building in Canada for the past 9 years. My work on fistula has led me to Guinea, Ethiopia, and Sierra Leone. I have been featured in Forbes, the HuffPost, and UNFPA