December 14, 2011
I first discovered obstetric fistula and the Fistula Foundation in a 2003 editorial in the New York Times by Nick Kristoff, and then in early 2004, I saw an Oprah feature on Dr. Catherine Hamlin. Both left tears rolling down my face. I was so horrifed by obstetric fistula and so touched by the work to rebuild these women's lives that I swore that as soon as I paid off my credit cards, I would start making a regular monthly contribution, which I began in 2005. So I have been donating for 6 years now and I just recently increased my donation by $10 a month. The Fistula Foundation is my top charitable commitment. I believe very much in the important work it does to rebuild women's lives after devastating injury, and I also feel very good about the four-star rating of the Fistula Foundation (and the lack of mail I receive in contrast to other charities -- just a few newsletters a year and a Christmas card) because I know my money is really and truly going to help women who so desperately need it. Since I gave birth myself in 2009, I have felt even more committed to the Fistula Foundation and more compassionate towards the women affected by obstetric fistula. I look at my joyful experience, and then I think of young women who labor for a week, lose their beloved children, and then suffer a devastating injury that leaves them social outcasts, and I feel it is my responsibility to help them. I am grateful that the Fistula Foundation makes it possible for me to do so.
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