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Who We Are

Extended hands foundation is a leading global not- for-profit foundation established to promote quality maternal health care, gender equality and policy development. The foundation supports systems and processes that enable women and girls in Africa to have improved quality of life through empowerment strategies, community engagements, impact based films and other programmes.

We are a registered not-for-profit foundation.


Stephanie Linus, an influential veteran actress birthed the idea of the foundation out of her deeply moved heart for indigent women and girls in Nigeria to have access to maternal health care through the provision of free obstetrics fistula treatment.

The misconceptions about obstetrics fistula further propelled the founder to create an impact-based, eye opening and award winning movie titled, “DRY”.

This movie highlights the sufferings women and girls with vesico-vaginal fistula deal with and displays the ways to end these sufferings by providing high quality repair surgery.

In 2021, the founder who doubles as UNFPAs regional ambassador for Central and West Africa commemorated international women’s day by commencing “Hey woman series”. This series addresses gender based violence and exposes the limiting effects of its impact to women.  

Our Mission

Extending hands foundation is committed to leading, mobilizing and championing causes that empowers women and girls for improved quality of life and social change.

Our Vision

To create a world where women and girls live in dignity, have access to quality health care and thrive in an environment that is safe and free from violence.

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