Dr Raheal Gabrasadig, a Wonder advisor on women’s health, was one of our early supporters. We are sad to share that she passed away unexpectedly last week.
Despite her busy schedule, first as a trainee and later as a qualified paediatrician, Raheal always made time for volunteering. She touched many lives through her generosity and the time she gave to everyone whose path she crossed.
Raheal had a passionate interest in the empowerment of women and girls and was interested in and supported all of our work, including attending our fundraisers and inviting friends! She especially invested time in helping us to develop our projects around women’s health. She was an advisor on our female genital mutilation (FGM) in Westminster report and was awarded a Wonder research grant in 2015. She was currently acting as an advisor on our Awards for All funded FGM safeguarding project. She was committed to the pursuit of excellence and always looking for ways in which practices could be improved.
At the time of her death she was planning to visit Wonder’s projects in DR Congo and was especially interested in our work with ISSI, a nursing school training young women with few opportunities to become highly-skilled medics. This was something she saw as immensely important in a country with extremely poor health outcomes, especially for women and children.
Raheal also spent time as a committed mentor to schoolgirls at the Baytree Centre, our partner in Brixton.
At this time our thoughts and prayers are with her family, all of whom have also supported Wonder projects in different ways, and our staff and volunteers who mourn her loss and miss her infectious laugh.
Her family have asked for us to honour her memory by donating to a cause that was close to her heart, the training of nurses in DR Congo. You can support nursing students in her name here.