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The Fistula Foundation
March 28, 2011

Three years ago while reading Dr. Catherine Hamlin’s book, The Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope, I was moved by the terrible circumstances women with a fistula have to face. When my friend introduced me to the work of the Fistula Foundation in 2010, I was thrilled to learn they support Dr. Hamlin’s work along with many other hospitals worldwide that offer the life changing fistula repair. Soon I became a donor and joined the Circle of Friends program as a volunteer. All my interactions with the staff at the Fistula Foundation have been incredibly rewarding. Although small, it’s clear the staff is hardworking, helpful, prompt, pleasant and creative. Their four star rating from Charity Navigator (five years in a row!) clearly demonstrates they are accountable and go the extra mile for those suffering with a fistula. I find the website very user friendly and I especially like the One Woman’s Story feature, highlighting stories of women who have had fistula surgery and received a chance to regain their health along with new life and new hope. It’s very powerful. As a mother of a child adopted from Ethiopia, I feel this is a great organization to team up with to help women in my child’s country of origin as well as other women around the world who suffer from this terrible condition.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

…my volunteer work for the Fistula Foundation’s Circle of Friends Program. My friend created the Circle of Hope which I joined soon after. One of our goals is to create awareness of the fistula issue. The Fistula Foundation has been incredibly helpful to us by efficiently supplying all of the materials and support we need. Educating others about fistulas has been a great deal easier with the support of the Fistula Foundation.

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

I can't think of any changes needed - just more of the same!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am a donor and volunteer for the Fistula Foundation's Circle of Hope program. My friend and I are raising funds and awareness in hopes of making fistulas history.