You Are Not Alone
Tiny Seeds Foundation is a non-profit organization driven by its mandate to support women and couples who are experiencing the anguish of infertility. Our local research has found that one in every four couples in developing countries had been found to be affected by infertility according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In Canada, it is estimated that1 in 6 Canadians have difficulty conceiving.
It can be very challenging when a woman or a couple struggles with infertility and even so depressing when their financial situation inhibits them from experiencing the joy of parenthood. Additionally, in many countries especially in developing countries, infertility is stigmatized and seen as a source of shame. In some societies, infertility is believed to be associated with witchcraft and a promiscuous lifestyle. Such stigmas have only worsen the already difficult psychology life of those struggling with infertility.
The challenges mentioned above can be emotionally, financially and physically draining which can lead to complex feelings of anxiety, failure, depression, blame and isolation.
We at TSF have a strong message to pass on, the world needs to come to that realization that childless women are not outcast, they are our sisters, our neighbors, our cousins, our aunties, our daughters and our friends, so they need our love and support each step of the way. TSF is out to break the stigma associated with infertility. In line with that, we focus on providing support emotionally, financially and spiritually to individuals dealing with Infertility particularly married couples.
This is the reason TSF was born, to assist couples who are not financially viable by providing them with a grant that would help to fund fertility treatment and medication. To walk with each couple or woman all the way through their fertility journey, to let them know they are not alone and to help themcope with the stress and depression that often accompany the journey through infertility.
- To provide a support system or platform for those couples who are fertility challenged to interact and share their problems. In this guise, it provides emotional, spiritual and financial support.
- To helping individuals manage the effects of mental illness through support, education, guidance, and advocacy.
- To provide counselling for couples who are fertility challenged and to let couples affected know that they're not alone.
- To provide information and education by raising awareness on the reasons why some couples/women struggle to conceive naturally.
- To encourage these women or couples to come to that place where they can confidently live their lives by maximizing their potential and thereby bloom in the midst of their fertility challenges.
To instigatea society free of stigma against women with fertility issuesandequally one that supportsthese women and couples in the best possible way.
"... along the way, I lost myself and I stumbled to pick up the pieces. It’s been a long road with many hard lessons along the way"
... Endale Edith
The founder of Tiny Seeds Foundation, Endale Edith is a purpose driven woman devoted to make a difference and impact the lives of those who struggle with infertility. She experienced untold fertility challenges which left her devastated, heart broken and isolated. In addition to these feelings, she had to deal with the trauma of not being able to have a baby the “conventional” way and its emotional and financial effects that left her completely drained.
After laying her hands on numerous fertility treatments, the last resort was IVF, an idea every being of hers greatly rejected in the past. With courage and high hopes she decided to go for an IVF. She was completely broken when she learned that her first IVF cycle was unsuccessful upon all the expenses.And on top of the disappointment and emotional upheaval, she was under financial pressure to pay back the loan she got for the treatment. The whole experience was an emotional rollercoaster which took a toll on her emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally.
It was a difficult thing for her to talk about her journey especially with friends, relatives, and even with in-laws. If felt like no one understood what she was going through; and, was rather treated with scorn, judgment and ridicule. She believes that many women and couples are on this boat and infertility has become something that many do not talk about publicly as a result of the stigma attached to it. Many couples end up feeling alone and embarrassed to discuss the challenges they are facing.
Determined to reach out to help these women and couples who, just like she did, are trekking the infertility desert, TSF was born. She is of the opinion that every woman struggling with infertility needs support to keep hope alive. Endale has embarked on this course with a strong motivation to see TSF committed to achieving that goal, which is giving them the assurance that they are not alone and all hope is not lost.
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