June 6, 2012
I started volunteering for the Fistula Foundation in December 2011 because I wanted to do something positive over my holiday break. I chose the Fistula Foundation because they were close to my home, and because I was familiar with fistulas after seeing the movie A Walk To Beautiful. I later became part-time staff to be able to continue my work with them on a regular basis. I feel that a fistula is such a debilitating yet treatable/preventable injury for so many women worldwide that I want to do whatever I can to reduce the number of women who live with this condition every day. The Fistula Foundation is making it possible for me to make a difference to women around the world, and to help women regain their dignity. The Foundation is run by a small staff who work hard on a lean budget, so that most of the money goes to fistula repair. The work I do in the office is not always glamorous, but I know every time I am there that I have made a difference in the lives of many women. Everyone has been friendly and kind whenever I am there, and I look forward to the days I go in. They make sure everyone feels welcome, and that everyone has a way to volunteer and make a difference. I would certainly recommend volunteering at the Fistula Foundation to anyone.
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