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Larry W

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Review for The Fistula Foundation, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As a Board Member of the Fistula Foundation, I have personally visited many of the hospitals this organization funds to be able to assure donors that their money is actually being spent appropriately. My most recent visit was to Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. There I saw first-hand the heartbreak of fistula. I also witnessed the truly heroic work which is made possible by grants from the Fistula Foundation, in one of the worst neighborhoods on earth, to restore these women to life. The organization continues to grow in geographic reach while holding down its administrative costs and increasing services to more unfortunate women.

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Role:  Board Member

Review for The Fistula Foundation, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

A friend invited me to join him in trying to help relieve the misery of women with obstetric fistula about 10 years ago. This was how I first became involved with the Fistula Foundation—first as a donor and later as a member of the Board of Directors. Since then I have travelled to Africa many times and have seen first-hand how the Fistula Foundation’s efforts can restore a woman from a dreadful existence as a wretched social outcast to a new life as a productive person. What has impressed me most about this particular charity is how relatively small sums, from an American’s financial perspective, are able to help so many women with an otherwise intractable medical problem. This organization is small but its use of local, regional, and even international partners enables it to have a major effect on this otherwise hidden problem of some of this world’s most helpless women. The Fistula Foundation has been able to hold down its administrative costs to maximize spending on programs that provide direct care to woman and thus achieve consistent highest Better Business Bureau and Charity Navigator ratings. This is why I will continue to support this organization and why I hope that you might also contribute whatever you can to aid the Fistula Foundations effort on behalf of these women.

Role:  Board Member & I have visited hospitals supported by this organization and have photographed women helped by their programs.