As a gay man i can understand the frustration and sometimes being ostracized for something that you can't do anything about. The Fistula Foundation is the saviour of many woman's life and their families too, it's been my fifth year donating and I intend to keep doing it for years to come.
Long-time donor Sheila
We can all agree that no woman should ever have to go through the trauma of fistula. Those of us who have experienced difficult childbirths as adults have a narrow window of insight into the enormity of little girls, girls barely into their teens, and young women in difficult physiological and economic circumstances giving birth, and then suffering the complications of fistula and its attendant social and familial indignities and rejection. The Fistula Foundation has undertaken one of the most significant challenges facing females throughout the world. The entire staff and network of providers carry out their mission with singular dedication, determination, resourcefulness, professionalism, grace, love, and a fierce loyalty to their patients and those engaged in treating and serving those patients. I stand in awe of all they do!
This is a wonderful charity! I feel great knowing that I paid for a woman's medical procedure to rid her of the effects of a fistula. These procedures really change a woman's life. It allows her to reconnect politically, socially, economically, and spiritually to her community. A large percentage of your donation goes to the program. It's highly effective. I highly recommend it.
I am fortunate to have been brought up in a country where this life-saving treatment is the norm, where childbirth complications are automatically addressed and women need not suffer shame, rejection, and abandonment as a result of not having adequate medical aid after giving birth. I have been donating to four charities for a while now, but am now faced with my own financial problems and will have to stop my donations. However, I will continue to donate monthly to the Fistula Foundation because of the wonderful work they do to relieve the suffering of these women and because of the dedication of the doctors and nurses that work with them.
Once, decades ago, I was driving my car and listening to an article on NPR. It told of many women who were unfortunate enough to find themselves in these difficult circumstances. They suffered severely and emotionally from being so dehumanized. It was the first time I became conscious of this wholly avoidable pain endured by our sisters. I literally had to pull off the road and stop the car because I found myself so moved that I was crying uncontrollably. Over the years, I have wholeheartedly supported the mission of this and other wonderful organizations. I am very happy to know that the situation is much, much improved today. This is due largely to the services provided by the compassionate work of The Fistula Foundation and its dedicated staff. Thank you for making the world a better place for women.
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.
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.
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.