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Causes: Health, International, International Development, Specifically Named Diseases

Mission: Fistula Foundation works to heal women suffering from obstetric fistula by funding treatment, surgeon training, and medical equipment. To date, we have funded fistula treatment in 31 countries.

Results: Fistula Foundation is the largest private charitable foundation not accepting government funding supporting fistula treatment globally. Wherever possible, we work to empower dedicated local doctors in developing countries. We fund fistula surgery, surgeon training, the building of hospitals and operating rooms that are dedicated to fistula surgery, as well as “mobile” care clinics in rural regions of the world where no hospitals exist. Would you like to know more? The real heroes are the partner organizations, the surgeons and the patients. All around the world, miracles are happening for young women living places like Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. We invite you to take a moment now to visit our website and to learn how our donors' dollars are being put to work. Learn about the challenges of healing women in war zones and meet dedicated local surgeons who work every day to treat women who are suffering. Why wait? Take the journey with us right now. Let it inform you, and perhaps deepen your own life and perspective.

Target demographics: the one million women worldwide who currently suffer from the childbirth injury obstetric fistula, which renders a woman incontinent until she can receive a reparative surgery, like those our donors help us fund.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5,680 women received free, safe fistula repair surgeries. We also helped our partners throughout Africa and Asia by funding medical equipment and supplies, by funding surgeon training to expand the pool of surgeons who are able to perform more complex repairs, and by working with our partners to increase patient access to care.

Geographic areas served: countries throughout Africa and Asia, having funded fistula treatment in 31 countries since adopting a global mission in 2009.

Programs: obstetric fistula repair surgeries, patient identification, education and transportation, the training of obstetric fistula surgeons, and providing supplies and equipment to partners when needed to ensure that surgeries are conducted in as safe an environment as possible.

Community Stories

494 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

For more years than I can remember - ever since I first learned of the mission of the Fistula Foundation - I have sent a monthly donation so that I am able to support one surgery each year. There is so much need in the world and so many deserving organizations, but this one is at the top of my list as each surgery literally saves the life of a woman who would otherwise live in misery with no family or community support in her hours/days/years of need and suffering. What a blessing to all those women who have been and will be served by this amazing foundation.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a long-time supporter, financially and in my recommendations to others. For such a modest cost, the Fistula Foundation changes an outcast woman's life forever. So many young, under-nourished girls around the world are sold to older men by their starving families, then are raped by those men despite promises they would wait until the girls are grown. These girls, who are far too small and young to be bearing children, often end up with fistulas and then are discarded by their "husbands," who are nothing less than slave owners. I urge anyone reading this to financially support this foundation. Their work is nothing short of miraculous.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization repairs incontinence caused by prolonged and obstructed labor thereby restoring a woman's dignity and facilitating her return to a normal family life.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that helps women restore their lives. I learned about this medical condition in a NYT article that mentioned the Fistula Foundation, and I found my way to their website. I knew immediately that I wanted to help. I love the updates they send about how our contributions are making a difference. I will continue to donate to this great foundation!

1 HopeforFistulas

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a Fistula survivor and am working on self-growth after suffering in silence for 5 years. The Fistula Foundation is an amazing Nonprofit and I hope to empower women one day and be able to donate more and get the courage to own my journey. This is a mentally debilitating problem for women and I thank the organization for spreading the word and bringing awareness to Fistulas.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating for years. I really love their mission, and believe they make a difference in the lives of women world wide.

Donor

Rating: 5

I strongly recommend this organisation which is doing invaluable and transformative work helping women who have endured the physical and psychological agony of an obstetrical fistula. There is transparency of administration and funds are used responsibly. They keep me updated by email on monthly developments and share individual stories that put faces to those suffering from this condition. I am pleased to support this charity with a monthly donation and encourage others to do so. Every dollar has a very direct impact on a woman's life in multiple ways.

Donor

Rating: 5

Touched by a story in NY Times some years ago about the fantastic work this organization does for women in dire need.Have contributed regular small donations to help the cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have so much respect for Fistula Foundation and the life changing work they do. As a long time donor and supporter I am 100% confident that my donations are actually making an impact and being used appropriately and effectively.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a superb agency dealing with such a serious and under-recognized problem. Worthy of support!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the Fistila Foundation for nearly 10 years. Their cause is worthy, their impact is verifiable and they keep overhead and fundraising expenses to a minimum so money can be dedicated to helping women prevent and treat this imminently treatable malady.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been giving enough money for one surgery every year in honor of my mother on Mother's Day ever since Nicholas Kristof first suggested the idea in the NewYork Times. I have followed the organization's work closely and am always impressed. Each of these surgeries gives a woman back her dignity and her life. It is hard to imagine a better way to spend your money!!!!!!! Once you know about the Fistula Foundation's work, it is hard to turn away from the opportunity to help.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am happy that there are people out there like Fistula Foundation looking to help women in need. I can't imagine being cast out of my community for a medical issue (fistula) that can be fixed through surgery.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the most support-worthy service organizations I know. about What price can one put on restoring the health and dignity of these mothers.? This is my top charity every year, and I spread the word with abandon to garner more support. I am gifting today in honor of my mother, Katherine Russell Barnes who was an OB/GYN nurse, and passed away June 2, 2017.
May the blessings of my mother's care for birthing women continue and may the supreme jewel of compassion arise, once arisen not diminish but increase more and more. -
Rebecca B. Tighe

Donor

Rating: 5

As a researcher working in the field of reproductive health within low-income-countries I became aware of this horrific condition some years ago. I have had experience of supervising on small scale research studies - reading transcripts from interviews of women who have experienced this condition is heartbreaking. Most women who suffer have had to try and come to terms with the stillbirth of their child, to then be abandoned by their husbands and close family, as well as stigmatised by their local community is unimaginable.
I am 100% confident that donations sent to the Fistula Foundation are used appropriately, and reach those women most in need. Each donation is received with a personal thank you, which is a lovely touch and makes you feel connected...and somehow that you are helping your sisters, even in just a little way.

Donor

Rating: 5

We donate a fistula surgery every year. We feel like we are giving a young woman a new chance at dignity and life!

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is truly amazing, and I am happy to be a monthly donor. I know where the money is going, and they keep us updated all of the time on all of the good works.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating to the Fistula Foundation for many years. It is amazing to know that merely by giving money so many lives can be rescued. I'm very grateful to have the chance to help.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of this charity some time ago now and was deeply moved by not only the plight of these poor women who for want of a basic operation would otherwise be reduced to a life of misery cast out by their family and friends and through no fault of their own. I was also deeply touched by the work of those dedicated surgeons who have made it their mission to save these women from such a miserable and lonely existence.
I am in straitened circumstances myself, otherwise, I would gladly donate more. I just hope what little I am able to donate makes a difference to all those involved in this worthy charity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting this charity for several years and am continually impressed with how they are using their resources to extend the amazing care they provide to more and more women.