Highly transparent with excellent communication to donors. The foundation makes you feel connected to the people you're trying to help, sharing their stories in an accessible and affecting way that arouses empathy and makes you feel that your support is contributing to something worthwhile. They keep you informed about their activities and about developments in the fistula realm, without barraging you with too much marketing material or pleas for additional support.
I was moved to donate after a PBS documentary about obstetric fistula. I can't imagine have a fistula but not being able to have it treated. I'm proud to support the Fistula Foundation monthly.
Transparent and effective. I feel very confident that my money is doing good when I donate to the Fistula Foundation.
Great mission. Great organization. Global impact.
The Fistula Foundation performs the sort of niche medical assistance that affects many beyond the patients they heal. To treat a woman with a fistula is not only to return her to her family and her society: it is to make her an ambassador to her world, demonstrating in herself the value of resisting fatalism by taking action to alleviate suffering, the value of modern medicine in changing the course of a life, and the value of women to the prosperity, health and well-being of any society or nation. The Foundation does so much and it should be helped to do more.
The Fistula Foundation specifically addresses a tragic health crisis for women, which makes its work unique among non-profits in the field. It deals with both the dearth of obstetric services in developing nations as well as civil violence in the form of rape, directed not only adult women but also female children. It is judicious and efficient in its use of resources, and directly effective in its results. What more can one say for any such foundation?
I have been supporting this wonderful, important organization since the early 2000s when I heard Dr. Hamlin on the Oprah show. Because I rarely watched Oprah's show, I have always felt it was a divine appointment. I was so moved by Dr. Hamlin's story and the commitment she and her husband had to these women. It has been exciting and a real privilege
to support this organization and watch it grow these past 20 yrs. I have told so many of my friends about the Fistula Foundation over they years and they have started supporting the mission, as well. It is a well-run, transparent, multi-level organization. I love the way they communicate both facts and personal stories in their newsletters. It is a deep desire of mine to some day be able to visit one of the hospitals.
As a member of the Fistula Foundation board of directors, I visited hospitals and health centers in Kenya recently along with my wife and other members of the board. I was hugely impressed with the dedication and skill demonstrated by the surgeons and other health professionals supported by the foundation -- and deeply moved by the stories of the women we met both before and after surgery to repair their wounds. The foundation's work in Kenya is part of an ambitious but feasible effort to eradicate obstetric fistula in one country. And a second countrywide program is already underway in Zambia. There will be more. I have worked with hundreds of charities in my 40 years of professional involvement in the nonprofit sector. But I have never seen a more effective organization.
I've been involved with the Fistula Foundation for nearly a decade, including service on the board for the past two years, but I've never been prouder than I am now. This past week, our Executive Director, Kate Grant, had a phone meeting with the Islamic Development Bank. As Kate just reported to our board, the bank has "a new president and are planning a significant program to combat fistula in five countries (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Gambia and Sierra Leone), three of which we work in. They have followed our work and are very interested in our Kenya and Zambia country-wide models. We will likely work closely with them to provide ‘open source’ access to our plan, lessons learned and results, to help enable them to succeed where they are working, and to dovetail their work with ours in countries where we have partners." The Fistula Foundation will receive no funding from the bank. Our collaboration with them is strictly in support of our mission to eradicate obstetric fistula. Anyone who closely follows the nonprofit sector will be aware how rare it is for one organization simply to help another working in the same field.
Thanks for allowing such a great opportunity to really help reduce suffering of women with this terrible condition.
I have been supporting the Fistula Foundation since I first became aware of them through a guest appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show. My continued support is the result of the excellent work that they do, the way they use funding for maximum benefit, and the way they communicate results to donors like me. Thank you to Fistula Foundation for the work you do and giving me a chance to be a part of your mission.
The Fistula Foundation makes a lasting difference in the lives of the women it helps. Few organizations can rival the beneficial impact they make on the lives they touch. I am honored to support their life changing work.
The Fistula Foundation restores dignity and health to women injured by difficult deliveries in places where medical care is minimal. I appreciate the opportunity to support them in their mission.
I love supporting the Fistula Foundation because they are able to transform lives of women and their families in a very effective way. The surgical repair of obstetric fistula gives each woman the ability to be part of her community and to help others.
I’ve been contributing to the Fistula Foundation for several years. They deal with a widespread problem on a human, person-to-person scale. They work to heal women and help them reclaim & restore their dignity. When they said that a donation of $586 could pay for a surgery and hospital stay, a new dress and a bus ticket home for one woman, I couldn’t resist. It’s a clear, direct and effective way to make a meaningful contribution - sister-to-sister.
I received information about the Fistula Foundation through the mail.
I was so touched by the accounts of the girls and women who were being helped by these wonderful doctors and workers. The girls who are forced to marry young and do not receive the needed obstetric care. Their babies are trapped in the birth canal and many of the babies die. The girls are torn inside and leak urine or feces through the vagina.
Then they are forced to leave the home because of the drainage and smell. These girls and women are ostracized when they need love and care. I only give to a special few charities and I am honored to be able to give to the Fistula Foundation.
The Fistula Foundation is an excellent charity that helps women and girls who have suffered a type of childbirth injury that can be physically and socially devastating. The Foundation does work that helps out residents of developing countries and allows them to thrive. They are definitely worth your donation.
I first learned about the Fistula Foundation about 7 years ago. I was so impressed with their story that I immediately found out how I could help. I donate to this excellent charity every year. Their work is extremely important, and significantly improves the quality of life for these unfortunate women.
Thank You Fistula foundation and all you that work with them for the service you provide.
Fistula Foundation is doing important work to help improve the quality of women's lives. Donations go farther to make a difference, with a larger portion going to program costs and less towards administration. Supporting this organization is helping them do life changing work.
The Fistula Foundation is doing wonderful work to improve women's lives. They have transparent accounting to show very lean operations. This allows a really high percentage of donations to go directly towards programs that make a difference. The work they do is so important and life changing for the women they can help. Everyone can change a life, and donating to The Fistula Foundation is a great place to start!
It is obviously far beyond a man's ability of realization of the suffering of a women for childbearing complications and toll on health. As I came to US from a third world's conservative country I know, how many women and girl has to dedicate their whole life to bear children after children, and men who are the decision maker of the family and that man dominated society just use women's body as a child bearing machine. If any women is not good for this job then she has no value on that society. Moreover, no one realize even without child bearing, due birth defect, accident, sexual violence, early marriage... for many reason so many women suffer many kinds gynecological problem silently, that no one even mentioned. People of USA, even women could not able to imagine how, in backward society full of religiously obstructed protocol just put a tons of shame on those women and through them to an impossible struggle alone.
Why we let them to live a life like that? We should bring every record of their silent pain to account and help to raise awareness and funds for their treatments. As I donor, I sincerely appreciate the Great job that Fistula Foundation is doing to break that silence. We should be committed to help on their efforts. Thanks.
We lived in Addis Ababa in the 1970's when my husband was assigned to the Naval Research Unit there....NAMRU2...he was a medical entomologist and he worked on insect borne diseases such as Malaria and Relapsing Fever. Our American Wives Club worked on a project with the Hamlins at the Fistula Clinic they started. Our job was to make skirts and blouses for the girls after they completed their surgery and were ready to return home. We also provided the money to pay for thieir bus trip home.
We made the skirts and blouses out of border print sheets that we ordered from the states with our military privileges. We made them so "one size -fits all." They were quite colorful and we heard the girls were happy with them . I always remember seeing the girls waiting out- side of the clinic for "their turn" to go in. They would walk miles to get there for this opportunity. It truly was an amazing experience for us to be really involved in that way to help the women. It was an honor for us to be involved with the Hamlins....we met them once or twice. Our two children and my husband will never forget or stop being thankful for that experience we had in Ethiopia
Once I learned of this organization through the New York Times, I have supported it. They are friendly and highly organized. They are quite transparent about their finances and where the money goes--a number of poor or under-serviced countries. They make an effort to keep their supporters up to date. Periodically, they relay first-person accounts from women who have benefited--i.e. ,had the operation at one of their clinics.
All the evidence I've seen, and my experience with them indicate that this is an excellent humanitarian project with real, tangible benefits to harmed and shamed women in a number of poor countries.
This charity is doing excellent work treating a problem that most people never hear about but which can be devastating to people who don’t have access to the necessary surgery.
I first heard of Fistula Foundation at a Christian women's retreat many years ago. A percentage of our retreat fee was given to Fistula Foundation and there was a segment of the program featuring the work of this amazing nonprofit. I cannot imagine the suffering, shame, and shunning women with fistula face. The condition reminds me of the biblical woman who was subject to a bleeding disorder for 12 years before Jesus healed her. Everyone connected with Fistula Foundation is like a little Jesus, bringing compassion, hope, and a cure. I have been donating to Fistula Foundation ever since that retreat! Cindy W
The Fistula Foundation supports a critical gap in maternal child health--making lasting change for women and families affected by fistula, training front line practitioners, and advocating on this terribly important issue. I am a sustaining supporter for many years. As a professional working in humanitarian aid, I can attest that there are few organizations that focus on the topics that the Fistula Foundation does--that is what keeps me supporting them.
Fistula Foundation does work that is literally life-changing, allowing women to reclaim their lives after years of ostracism and shame. I'm honored to support this fine organization.
First heard of this organization 10 years ago and it has grown and prospered over that time. Very efficient administratively, excellent communications with donors, outcomes-driven, and doing incredibly important and life-saving healthcare work under some of the most difficult conditions in the world. A+++!
I admire and support this organization and its medical professionals and other volunteers who dedicate themselves to helping our sisters across the globe struggling with debilitating obstetric fistula. God bless them and their efforts!
The Fistula Foundation is dedicated to providing essential medical care to women who would not receive it otherwise. It started with the very generous efforts of two amazing doctors, and now it has spread its services to women in 28 countries.
I do not donate to many charitable organizations, but I plan to continue financially supporting the Fistula Foundation as long as I possibly can. Bless each and every volunteer and donor!
I can't think of a better dollar spent than those spent helping women and girl pariahs to change their status. It's possible that being rejected by society is a worse penalty than the obvious physical problems.
Furthermore, the Fistula Foundation has a great record being financially responsible with their donations.
I read some chilling stories about third world women crippled by childbirth and it seemed to be something I could help with so I signed up for monthly donations to Fistula Foundation. Also, I had recently been diagnosed with endometrial cancer, so it seemed appropriate to help other women, and I hoped it would bring me luck.
The work that this organization does is truly amazing and life-changing for the women it helps. I am proud to be a donor after hearing about this cause from a friend who is a fellow supporter.
This Fistula Foundation is my ideal of a well run, effective, inspiring charity. It doesn't bombard me with requests or gimmicks, but it does send out interesting updates on the critical work they do for some of the most vulnerable women in the world. A wonderful organization.
I have been a wound, ostomy, continence nurse for 30 years and have worked with many patients with abdominal fistulas. The patients I work with are fortunate enough to have the means to pay for their surgeries and have accessibility. I support the Fistula foundation to help others in more disadvantaged situations. Thank you for all you do!
Last year as I was doing my field work I got a mother who had been discriminated by the husband due to leakage of urine this touched me as health worker I deed psychology counseling, and with the help of pastor I managed to take the mother to Bomu hospital for repair, since then I have been getting some mother and mothers who come for assistant of the same problem.
Challenges that I come a cross is there some men who have some how the same problem and to my effort I have been referring them to health facilities.
My plan is to hold a meeting doing psycho education (sensitization) to the community.
As I have watched the US government diminish and withdraw support from causes that help poor women and children overseas, I have realized how essential it is to have organizations like the Fistula Foundation. What they do is life-saving for women and their families - in many cases appropriate intervention to prevent fistula or simple surgery to repair it can make a tremendous difference. Their tireless work and excellent public interface are examples for all non-profits to emulate! I will be pleased to continue my financial support of this organization, and I urge others to consider similar support.
Diane Mitchell, Hemet, CA
I have been a yearly donor to the Fistula Foundation for more than 1the years. I donate each year to pay for a fistula surgery for sister in need. This is an organization that uses most all their donations to creating hospitals and training surgeons to do this delicate and necessary surgery. I will continue to save a sister each year.
I have supported the Fistula Foundation for years for the vital work they do in numerous countries. They give women a new life with the treatment and support they provide. I’m proud the be associated with this organization and I plan to continue indefinitely!
Fistula Foundation is doing really great work!
Is there any possiblity of making donations tax deductible in Germany and maybe other european Countries? Might motivate more donors.
After reading "Half the Sky" and watching the video "A Walk to Beautiful" I was inspired to learn more about the Fistula Foundation. This organization restores life to so many women who have had to endure horrible physical conditions as a result of childbirth trauma. I feel blessed that I have been able to support the Fistula Foundation for over five years now , and I encourage everyone to join this humanitarian effort.
My confidence in the Fistula Foundation could not be higher. I am always sure that the donations I send will be used in the most efficient way to help the victims of this terrible condition.
The Fistula Foundation does so much to improve women's lives for so little money. Obstetric fistula is maybe not an easy sell as a cause--but it is a common and devastating condition. The stories of the women involved and the heroic people who work to make their lives better never fail to move me.
This charity gives women their lives back. It is a joy to think that whatever donation I can give, contributes to this wonderful cause. Imagine, a life with no hope is changed to one of purpose. They do wonderful work.
I am a long time donor to this wonderful organization. They have literally given so many women a new life and helped restore their dignity and self worth. It gives me great joy to help, if only in a small way, in the success of their mission. Thank you, Fistula Foundation, for allowing me the opportunity to help return my many blessings from God.
Enough cannot be said about the DEDICATION and PROFESIONALISM this organization demonstrates ON BEHALF OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE. As a small donor, I am very proud each time I see the tremendous progress they accomplish each year! Please keep those donations going, WHATEVER you can contribute!
I have donated to Fistula Foundation for several years. As a professional woman, I make a comfortable living, but am not wealthy. I want to give money to organizations where my relatively modest donations can have an important impact. Fistula Foundation is such an organization. The surgeries that they pay for and train doctors to perform change women's lives for the better immediately. Imagine being a woman who is isolated and ostracized because you cannot afford an operation that costs just a few hundred dollars. Imagine that you are another woman who has the ability to fund one or more operations that will permit other women to rejoin society as happy, active members. How could you not donate to an organization like Fistula Foundation that has a proven record of helping women get needed fistula surgeries?
The Fistula Foundation has the best mission that I know of among American charities. It reaches out beyond our rich country to find and help entirely innocent people who are in the most desperate situation. The plight of a woman who is a victim of fistula can be resolved by an intervention that is relatively inexpensive and highly efficient, and it is ONLY by this medical intervention that a socially crippling and devastating outcome can be prevented. This is a high-leverage use of an American family's charity funds, so much better that smugly supporting other people who are much closer to us geographically and socially but whose needs are far less. The Fistula Foundation is much more far-sighted, and fills a great gap of imagination and knowledge in our home society by reaching out across oceans and worlds to cure women suffering from grievous accidents of childbirth.
This is an organization that really makes a difference in women's lives and in the world.
I'm proud to support Fistula Foundation!
I’ve supported the Fistula Foundation for a number of years. They do wonderful work restoring the lives and dignity of women.
I joined the Fistula Foundation after meeting Dr Hamelin on Oprah. I was impressed by she and her husband’ s devotion, so I started supporting their work. I love that a small contribution can change a woman’ s life. I like the personal way staff acknowledges contributions...makes you feel special. It has become my favourite charity ....one I will support wholeheartedly!
When I gave birth to my son it awakened the reality that many mothers around the world do not have access the the same medical care my son and I received. The Fistula Foundation provides life improving services to mothers around the world. By restoring their medical health, these women can give their best to their children, their community and to themselves. Instead of a Mother's Day gift I ask my family to make a donation to this top rated charity each year. No box of chocolates or flowers could ever replace the the work done by the Fistula Foundation Check them out on Charity Navigator and you'll see their impact on lives and stewardship with resources.
It's heartbreaking that women with obstetric fistulas have to live not only with physical discomfort but also with the social stigma. The Fistula Foundation reaches many of these women and helps them return to their lives. It is a gift beyond measure and I feel privileged to be a part of this life saving/affirming work. I am a legacy donor in the hope that the Foundation will continue to thrive so that more women affected by obstetric fistulas can thrive.
When I first learned about obstetric fistula in developing countries, I was appalled at how it affects lives there. Through no fault of their own, women (often very young and often, sadly, after losing their baby) suffer not only the misery of incontinence but also rejection by their community, their husbands, and even their own families. But how wonderful it was to learn about the Fistula Foundation's caring mission to make everything right again for them! In fact, often better than right, because many learn a new skill while recovering from their surgery and go home with a new way to provide for themselves and their children. I'm delighted to support this organization with a monthly donation and with more in my will.
I have been a donor to Fistula Foundation for several years. I applaud their life changing work to end obstetric fistula and to stay true to their core mission.
When I learned about fistulas and the devastating effects they can have on a woman's life, I was moved to do something about it. I donate whenever I can and I know the money is being used to help heal and empower women who need it most. The Fistula Foundation sends regular updates and newsletters, so I know what progress is being made and I can feel a personal connection with those receiving treatments for fistulas. Keep up the good work!
So much is going wrong in the world, it helps me to be able to do something small that makes a difference for one woman, her family, her community. I know a dollar given to Fistula Foundation is well-used, given to service and not high salaries. I thank them for their dedication and tireless work.
This nonprofit is a true gem. They are fiscally responsible and focus on helping women who just want to be mothers and enjoy all that comes with it. Without access to good prenatal care, these women endure tortuous labor resulting in obstetric fistula which relegates them to isolation. All because they wanted children. With a simple fix provided and funded by this wonderful organization, these women get their lives back. What a wonderful thing they do!
Learned about this great organization through Oprah and I was horrified at what this condition does to a woman, ostracizing her from her community and forcing her to live alone for all her days. This organization LITERALLY gives women their lives back with a relatively simple inexpensive operation. In the developed world we can avoid obstetric fistula with a C-section. These women do not have such choices. Great organization doing a world of good.
What a wonderful organization that supports such a worthy cause, and that assists to alleviate such needless suffering of woman and families - thank you for all that you do ;-)
My husband and I have been associated with the Fistula Foundation and Kate Grant for the past eight years as both donors and recipients.
We have a small program in Masaka, Uganda at the Kitovu Hospital where we support Fistula surgeries. The Fistula Foundation has assisted us in creating an Ambassador program that sends repaired women to remote villages to encourage those who are in need of repair to go to the hospital in Masaka. Kate Grant and her staff are doing GREAT work.
I have been donating to FF for years. The work they do is inspiring.
I have been donating for years. I really love their mission, and believe they make a difference in the lives of women world wide.
I have been supporting this charity for years and I am always proud of the work they do. Their CEO is inspiring and defines leadership. I feel connected to this cause and the charity in a way I don't with other causes I support. A safe harbour for women in need - what else could you wish for as a donor? I will continue to support for years to come.
I was moved by the stories about plight of these women. I hope we can eradicate this disease from earth completely. I congratulate Fistula Foundation for the great work so far. Hope that they can extend their work to all corners of the earth.
The Samir-Samira Lakhani Foundation donated to the Fistula Foundation when it was starting a new branch in Nepal. Samir-Samira Lakhani Foundation was interested in making the lives of women in Nepal who suffered from fistula a little better. Having a fistula is a devastating condition not only medically, but socially as well.
Our Foundation wants to train surgeons and other support staff who can go to remote places and perform surgeries and take care of the women( and their families) who are affected by this condition.
Nepal's interior is not easily accessible and hence with the training of the support staff and Doctors, the women with this condition will be taken care of in the remote areas.
Fistula Foundation CAN do all this work and Samir- Samira Lakhani Foundation is very glad to support this wonderful nonprofit.
The Fistula Foundation is that rare charity that functions on a shoestring and does life saving work for those mothers who suffer this horrendous affliction while delivering their child. Not only do they suffer physically, but they are made to feel as an outcast and are subjected to every possible shunning measure that the social hierarchy can exact. How sad that this misunderstanding of a medical consequence leads a culture to cause further suffering when a $450 surgery can change that life! Fistula Foundation is a low profile, highly effective charity that works continuously for the good of women across the world. Your dollars go further to the good of others than in almost any other charity that I have found. We all want our gifts to charity to have maximum effect possible. Fistula Foundation is a 5-Star charity that has incredibly low administrative costs so that your dollars go directly to the needs of these distressed women. Please consider donating in any amount to The Fistula Foundation.
The Fistula Foundation is one of those rare charities that funnels virtually every penny donated toward the goal of the charity. Almost nothing goes toward the "administrative" expenses that can so often suck the efficiency of a charity. This little charity has managed to become a behemoth in its niche. They offer hope to the women of developing countries who suffer the stigma of obstetric fistula and are ostracized by their community to the point that they must live alone with their misery. A mere $450 can change the life of a woman who has been consigned to this life long sentence. The Fistula Foundation not only performs the surgeries but also teaches the area physicians the technique so that when they must leave they have left in place persons who can carry on the needed aid. When I donate money it gives me great satisfaction to know that it works so efficiently and that it gives a woman somewhere back her dignity. What greater gift can there be sister-to-sister?
Many years ago, Nicholas Kristof suggested in his NY Times column that instead of sending flowers to our mother for Mother's Day, we spend the same money to completely change the life of a mother who suffers from an obstetric fistula. It seemed like a great idea, and when I saw that the Fistula Foundation has Charity Navigator's highest ranking, I immediately sent a donation. Via annual updates and emailed stories of women who can now fully participate in their communities, I've seen the work done by this fabulous team, and I now sustain the Foundation with a monthly gift about the size of the cost of that Mother's Day bouquet. It is humbling to be able to support such an amazing organization.