The Fistula Foundation

Rating: 4.95 stars   288 reviews

Issues: Health, International

Location: 1922 The Alameda Suite 302 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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Rating: 5 stars  

Hello, I am proud to have been the FIRST person to join the "Love-a-Sister" campaign many years ago: (https://www.fistulafoundation.org/pdf/newsletters/Winter_2005.pdf, page 5). I donate each month to The Fistula Foundation and am thrilled that so many people have found their way to this wonderful organization. We who can, need to support the health and well-being of mothers and children the world around. Thank you Fistula Foundation for this opportunity to do so.

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I became aware of the Fistula foundation in 2007 after watching lovely Dr. Catherine Hamlin making a plea on Oprah for support of this foundation she started with her husband many years before ...at that time the organization was in dire need of financial support ...my heart went out to all those women who thru no fault of their own were robbed of their dignity way too early in life and forced to live as outcasts for the most --- and I was very impressed by Dr.Hamlin's courage to do something about it!
So... I became a supporter then,and still am one on a regular basis throughout each year - and even though I have other charities I like to support the Fistula foundation always had and always will have a special place in my heart! It's been a true gift to watch over the years how fruitful all efforts have been,and the restoration of dignity being brought to so many women thru a relatively simple medical procedure - thank all of you who keep this work going so very much!!!

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As Louis C.K. put it, the folks who do this important work are a "good and blameless bunch". I'm so grateful to everyone at the Fistula Foundation for doing what they do to change women's lives. These women have been through such horrific experiences, and then are left to face a life of being shunned and shamed for something they had no control over. It is heartbreaking to say the least. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone at the Fistula Foundation.

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I was first made aware of The Fistula Foundation and the problems these beautiful women were having from the Oprah Show. It touched my heart and I have been making donations to this fantastic organization every since. What a privilege it is to have a small part in changing someone's life! This organization is amazing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first became aware of this problem after seeing a television current affairs story on Dr Catherine Hamlin (a great Australian!).

Women and girls in developing countries are disadvantaged enough without being shunned and ostracised by their communities for a condition that is rare to non-existent in developed countries.

I will continue to support this great cause and spread the word about it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became a direct withdrawal monthly donor some years ago. I supported the care for one woman each year making me a "sister." I am so proud of that. Two years ago I increased my donation to help two women per year. A new dress and a new life. I so wholeheartedly support this organization that it is hard to express. All you have to do is imagine that you are one of these women. This organization is a life changer. Praise and thanks for your remarkable work.

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I learnt about the problem of fistulas and the devastating effects it has , by reading "The Hospital by the River" by Dr catherine Hamlin.
The stories of these poor women really affected me , and I looked for ways to help.
The Fistula Foundation helps women in measurable , dramatic ways.
They give the women and girls their lives back. Truly from despair to dignity!
Unlike some problems, e.g. poverty, I believe that supporting this charity will help individual women and I am happy to help as much as I can.
Plus I just love that the majority of the money goes to help , is not used up in administrative costs and that it is a highly respected charity that gets the work done.

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

nothing I know of, wish more people would support them though

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In the relatively short time that The Fistula Foundation has existed, this group of dedicated humanitarians has already efficiently used the funds they raise to cure women around the world of fistula and enable the affected families to become cohesive units. Educating others who are not aware of how damaging fistula is to the life of a woman and her family has been another service of this organization. Using items crafted by local artists is an interesting promotion used in their donation process. All donations are individually acknowledged and the Foundation faithfully keeps donors updated on how the money is used and appreciated by those who receive it. Please give what you can to make a family strong again.

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The Fistula Foundation is a dynamic organization with a small staff that does an amazing job educating the world about the health needs of women impacted by complications of childbirth or lack of prenatal care. The effect of the money they raise helps women overcome challenges from childbirth and resume normal, productive lives. Reaching out to so many different areas of the world, the Fistula Foundation is to be commended for their dedication to providing care to countless women who have been forgotten and neglected by their own communities.

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I do not have any changes to suggest. The organization is well run and effective.

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Fistula Foundation is one of those rare organizations that puts the bulk of the money to actual use. They help so many women suffering from such an unpleasant and downlooked-upon condition, that the society they live in actually cause! They not only help women who already have the condition, but they also educate villages in how they can prevent this! I love Fistula Foundation.

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I watched the documentary A Walk to Beautiful, and instantly I logged on to the website to donate. These women need our help and this organization is excellent! So many lives saved, truly thankful for The Fistula Foundation.

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