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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.

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494 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Donating to The Fistula Foundation makes me feel good - -and is one of the ways I celebrate Mother's Day

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor since I saw WALK TO BEAUTIFUL on PBS years ago. I have watched this organization grow over the years, increasing its assistance to women in many more places , with training of local doctors and nurses, education and clinics. Watching Fistula Foundation develop its ability to heal more women every time I receive the newsletter is astounding. The love and care is evident, while much needed medical procedures are offered to women suffering both physical and emotional distress. The fistula surgery saves lives, in that it restores women to be part of their community again. Women should never have to experience the shame and abandonment created by fistula. I know that donations are used wisely as the increase of outreach has been obvious. I am proud to say I am involved in helping women this way.

Donor

Rating: 5

I came to the Fistula Foundation after reading Sara Pascoe's excellent book Animal. This was an issue about which I was only dimly aware and when I learned that thousands of women are still suffering from this horrific and humiliating complaint, and reading some of the stories on the Fistula Foundation website I was immediately moved to donate. I think they do a fantastic job!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation helps extend my hand to help women in life challenging need. Thank you.

Donor

Rating: 5

With such a modest input The Fistula Foundation has such a huge impact on women's lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

I heard about Fistula Fund from two sources I respect most in the world of philanthropy: Peter Singer's The Life You Can Save Foundation and Nick Kristof. Both pay close attention to the efficiency of the organization. Specifically, how much good do they do with the funds they receive. I have been amazed by Fistula Fund's work and their ability to change the life not only of one woman but their family as well. I am so excited to keep supporting them in their great work.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first heard of this organisation around 19 years ago, soon after having my own daughter following a 46 hour labour and an emergency caesarean section - I will be forever grateful that I live in a country where I had access to medical intervention.
I can, therefore, completely empathise with these women, who do not have the same options. To lose a child in labour must be horrific and to be left with a debilitating condition which sees you incontinent and ostracised as a result adds to the awfulness of the situation. I am glad that I have been able, through donations, to help other women have fistualas repaired and have their dignity restored. I would also recommend the gifts that heal, I purchased two fistula bracelets, for my daughter and I, which have dignity written on one side in English and on the other side in Ethiopian, which are amongst our prize possessions.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found the Fistula Foundation after reading two books simultaneously that were connected through the issue, of which I have previously been unaware: Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth and Cutting for Stone. I was saddened to read about the treatment of women who suffer from fistula, and wanted to help. I have donated and purchased products from their store, and always felt that what I was able to contribute was helping.

Donor

Rating: 5

I became aware of The Fistula Foundation years ago while watching an episode of Oprah Winfrey's show. I was immediately impressed by the work and healing this organization shares with the world. I am blessed to live in a country where this injury is almost unheard of.....I joyfully donate every month to aid in the recovery of my sisters, whom geography has placed in less favorable conditions. I know that almost every penny I donate will go to the stated purpose of aid, surgery, training, hospital creation and ongoing care. This is my go to charity!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization changes the lives of so many people, it's an honor being a small part of it.

Donor

Rating: 5

I like knowing that my contributions truly make a difference. After experiencing 2 safe pregnancies (and deliveries), I can't imagine that some of these women (many just girls in fact) have lived with fistula for so long. Please continue this very important work!

Donor

Rating: 5

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?

Donor

Rating: 5

This is my one and only favorite charity. There can be no more deserving women for a fixable problem. I love that a life can be changed so fully by a simple medical procedure. My heart goes out to these innocent girls and women who did nothing wrong and had their lives destroyed. Love love love knowing my contributions help

Donor

Rating: 5

After visiting a fistula hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I was struck by the wonderful care and compassion provided to the women. Donating to the Fistula Foundation is a simple way to help women heal and restore their dignity.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've donated for a few years now and am glad to see how well funds are used. I make sure I share the work the Fistula Foundation is doing with friends and family; when they want to add their support to women around the world, they look here first! No one should endure the hardships faced by women who deal with fistulas. The medical teams make a tangible difference for these women AND their families, and I can be a small part of that with my support.

Donor

Rating: 5

Every mother who has ever been lucky enough to have prenatal care and help with delivery should send money to this organization.

You can change another, less fortunate mother's life for so little money.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation is an amazingly focused non-profit that succeeds in their mission through clearly defined objectives. We first read about Fistula Foundation in a Nicholas Kristoff op-ed years ago and have been donors ever since. CEO Kate Grant spoke at our local venue a few years ago and couldn't have more compellingly reinforced our trust in this organization.

janyc237

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter for many years. They literally transform lives.
I am proud to support them!

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Donor

Rating: 4

They do great work to help women around the world!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Fistula Foundation is the real deal! Started by two physicians who traveled from Australia to Africa, they began to serve young woman (11 years and older) who were forced into relationships and became pregnant. The birthing process was so long, because they were young and unready to give birth, causing fistulas. After birth, urine and feces drain from the open fisures, isolating the young women and casting them out on their own. The Fistual Foundation surgically repairs the fistulas, gives the women a clean place to heal, physically and emotionally, and sends them home with a new outfit and sense of self. What an incredible service. I've been a donor for over ten years because I believe in their work, integrity, and goodwill.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about this problem after reading the novel "Cutting for Stone". When I found out that the Fistula foundation worked to solve the problem I was happy to lend my support. They do wonderful work. For so little money for each procedure they can truly make a huge difference in each women's life.