The Fistula Foundation

Rating: 4.95 stars   288 reviews

Issues: Health, International

Location: 1900 The Alameda Suite 500 San Jose CA 95126 USA

Mission: Fistula Foundation works to heal women suffering from obstetric fistula by funding treatment, surgeon training, and medical equipment. To date, we have funded fistula treatment in 28 countries.
Results: Fistula Foundation is the largest private charitable foundation not accepting government funding supporting fistula treatment globally. Wherever possible, we work to empower dedicated local doctors in developing countries. We fund fistula surgery, surgeon training, the building of hospitals and operating rooms that are dedicated to fistula surgery, as well as “mobile” care clinics in rural regions of the world where no hospitals exist. Would you like to know more? The real heroes are the partner organizations, the surgeons and the patients. All around the world, miracles are happening for young women living places like Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. We invite you to take a moment now to visit our website and to learn how our donors' dollars are being put to work. Learn about the challenges of healing women in war zones and meet dedicated local surgeons who work every day to treat women who are suffering. Why wait? Take the journey with us right now. Let it inform you, and perhaps deepen your own life and perspective.
Target demographics: the one million women worldwide who currently suffer from the childbirth injury obstetric fistula, which renders a woman incontinent until she can receive a reparative surgery, like those our donors help us fund.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,321 women receive free, safe fistula repair surgeries. We also helped our partners at 38 sites in 19 countries by funding medical equipment and supplies, by funding surgeon training to expand the pool of surgeons who are able to perform more complex repairs, and by working with our partners to increase patient access to care.
Geographic areas served: countries throughout Africa and Asia
Programs: obstetric fistula repair surgeries, patient identification, education and transportation, the training of obstetric fistula surgeons, and providing supplies and equipment to partners when needed to ensure that surgeries are conducted in as safe an environment as possible.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Giving a fellow human being back their dignity and life! What better use is there for one's resources?
Please give what you can afford. Such critically important work.

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We are focused on understanding and helping in some way to improve the tragic lives women in developing countries face day to day. The Fistula Foundation is our favorite non-profit within this venue as they not only help support other non-profits doing similar work, but keep their overhead, as a percentage of total contributions, amazingly small.

We truly feel that this is one organization that can take a dollar and use it to it's fullest potential. We highly recommend that anyone with a desire to help other people consider donating to this group.

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I decided to use running a half marathon as a means of raising money for the Foundation after I heard about the dire situations women can find themselves in - due to something that can so easily be fixed. I was really pleased at the response I got from friends and colleagues. It made it all the more rewarding for me, as it meant we were able to help a few more women, spread the word a bit further about the issue and what the Foundation is doing to help. Ann

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I first learned about The Fistula Foundation when I read Half the Sky several years ago. I was reminded of it again in a column by Nicholas Kristof early this year and for Mother's Day I made a donation in honour of several special mothers in my life.

Recently I added a benefit concert in Geneva and heard Dr. Hamlin speak. It was a very special evening.

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I was a delivery room nurse for many years and was blessed to see miracle of many healthy, happy births. I am also blessed to be a mother to 3 healthy now adult children. After watching the Oprah show many years ago that featured the amazing Dr. Hamlin, I became aware of the the Fistula Foundation. After watching the show and then reading Dr Hamlin's book The Hospital by the River. I knew I wanted to help these women who suffer the tragedy of their lost babies and then are devastated by fistulas. Since I could not physically help, I knew somehow I needed to do something , so monthly donations to the Fistula Foundation have become part of my life. I love what the foundation does for Women!! Restoring and Prevention!! Giving women their DIGNITY back!
I love the fact that through my monthly donations I can help a woman get her life and dignity back!!!

Thank you to the Doctors, Nurses and the rest of the very skilled teams that help restore these women. Thank you to the wonderful people that coordinate the foundation, Kate and the rest of her staff. You are the best!!!! Thank you to Dr. Hamlin and her late husband who had a vision. I am proud to have a tiny part in this great organization. The FISTULA FOUNDATION!!

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I was touched by reading an editorial by Nicholas Kristoff in the New York Times many years ago and told many women in my office about the great work of Dr. Hamlin. I have donated to the Fistula Foundation many times since that date and continue to tout the work of her great organization as an example of helping women regain their dignity and contribute to society.

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I watched the documentary A Walk to Beautiful quite a while ago. I felt that it does not help just to sit infront of the screen and cry for these women. So I I logged on to the website to donate.
These women and often still girls!! need our help and this organization is excellent! They save so many lives and most important they give the women back a meaning with there lives.
I am thankful to all the people working for and with The Fistula Foundation.

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I appreciate the wonderful work of the Fistula Foundation. I have been a donor since seeing Dr. Catherine Hamlin on Oprah years ago. The Foundation keeps donors up to date through their newsletter and by email. I was touched to receive a phone call from the Foundation checking to make sure that the information on a memorial gift that I made was correct.

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I have a great passion for the work of the Fistula Foundation. They not only do incredible work but also keep donors regularly informed of the impact of their dollars. I am so impressed by their very tiny team and only wish I could give more.

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In 2004, while watching the Oprah Winfrey show, I saw Dr. Hamlin describe fistulas and the free reconstructive surgery that her hospital provided in Ethiopia. I felt overwhelming sadness for the young girls who suffered from this condition. I then felt compelled to make a money donation to The Fistula Foundation and have continued to be a long time donor. I know the donation is put to excellent use in restoring the health, dignity, and self worth of these young girls.

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