The Fistula Foundation

Rating: 4.95 stars   288 reviews

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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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Much gratitude for the amazing work you do on behalf of women who suffer physically and psychologically in ways most of us can't even begin to imagine. Your work is vital, your organization totally professional and accountable, and receipts always prompt and courteous. Nobel prize-worthy, for sure.

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What Fistula Foundation is doing is very Biblical. Just like Christ gives hope to the hopeless and gives them a reason to smile again. Please let us join in donating to this noble cause. I suggest that more awareness towards this foundation is characterized by perhaps having a Fistula week in various Institutions like Universities in turns, in Kenya. I have discovered that many people do not know that such a movement exists. We have HIV AIDS week and Cancer screening every year when people also donate blood. Whey not have Fistula Week as well?

I got to know about this foundation sometimes in 2009 until last week when I needed to refer a patient and wondered if the foundation still exists, and the nearest hospital she could visit.

Let create more awareness please ......

Start with Nakuru - Kenya.
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Fistula Foundation literally gives women back their lives and dignity. Their staff are the equivalent of miracle workers. I learned about this foundation from an article in The Nation magazine in which certain charities were recommended. As I read more on their website I was moved and felt so much gratitude for their mission and staff. I am honored to donate on a yearly basis.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I saw a documentary about the women who were served through the foundation, and felt a desire to learn more about the work being done. Their service to the women goes above and beyond the medical treatment provided, as a true example of every person deserving dignity.

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The Fistula Foundation helps women with obstetric fistula overcome their condition. Fistula causes women to be shunned from their community and this organization gives them their lives back. You can sign up to get emails from the foundation that tell you stories about women with the condition, ways you can help, and many other things.If you have the opportunity to help The Fistula Foundation, take it.

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Life-changing

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2014

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I remember when I learned about Obstetric Fistula and what it can do to women. After hearing the horrible facts, I realized that I had to do something to help these women suffering. I had seen a film about this condition, called, A Walk To Beautiful. I decided to look up who had made this film to find out who I could help. Now, I am connected with The Fistula Foundation and hope to raise more money soon. The experience I have had with this group is wonderful. They have answered all of my questions, and given me numerous ideas to support the affected women. I can not imagine a better way to help a cause.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Fistula Foundation serves a community of women who would otherwise remain forgotten, neglected and suffering. I heard about this foundation through "Half the Sky" and was amazed (and saddened) that I had never before heard of such severe conditions surrounding the lives, community and health of these precious and deserving females. May the Fistula Foundation grow in support and effecacy so that the number of women enduring such experiences diminishes to non-existance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase awareness by means that do not reduce the services already provided. Ask gynecological physicians to display posters and/or informative materials in their offices as a means of getting the word out there. Provide more non-professional volunteer opportunities to assist in these efforts.

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I would like to review the Dignity Bracelet I received from your gift catalogue - it is a beautiful item and far exceeds my expectations - a wonderful Christmas gift for my daughter which I know will be highly appreciated. Very tempted to get one for myself now!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Let more people know about it! Have 'A Walk to Beautiful' available to buy on the gift catalogue page (European Version please) and also greater number of gifts to choose from.

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Life-changing

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2013

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What the Fistula Foundation does is so important. When a woman with fistula is cured, she can do so many more things - focus on her family, her education, supporting herself financially. This nonprofit funds such wonderful work, and I am so impressed at their financial transparency. I really appreciate knowing where my donations are going. Five stars is not enough to give them!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I've donated to this organization and believe they're working for a great cause. Each case of obstetric fistula that is prevented could potentially save two lives (mother and child). The website has a mountain of great information about the problem that the foundation is addressing and I'm glad that I found them.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came in contact with the Fistula Foundation when I called in the office to ask if the organization could come and give a presentation to a room full of JSAers (Junior Statesmen of America). My experience with the Fistula Foundation was a very good one. They were extremely nice and good people, and they ran an incredible organization. After our meeting at the Fair they kept in contact and are today a great friend of mine.

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