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Review for The Fistula Foundation, San Jose, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I saw a documentary on UK TV many years ago and was left with the memory of one woman who had spent something like a year begging at the roadside to get enough money (about a £1) to get to the fistula clinic where the problem that had ruined her life could be fixed in a short, simple operation. I had never heard of the condition and was horrified at the many complications it caused. Some years later, in 2006, I was looking for a new charity to support, remembered the programme and the name of the condition and found the Fistula Foundation online. I liked its approach of using volunteers, including doctors giving up their holiday time to go out to Africa and help, so that the all/most of the donated money could be used to help women rather than pay fat salaries and chuggers. I particularly liked their approach of helping the women to get back to a life, not just fixing the physical problem. Since starting to donate the FF has kept me updated from time to time (but not too often!) and I have enjoyed hearing about their success. The FF is a very dedicated group of people that have made a difference in a field that is not as 'glamorous' as the better publicised charities. I am pleased I can at least offer my financial support to people who identified this problem and chose to forego a comfortable lifestyle to stay and help.

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I am glad to say that I have never needed the help of this organisation!

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

I would not make any changes. The charity seems to be running very efficiently.

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

TV programme

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Guilt at seeing what a difference could be made with the money I would spend on lunch.

What would you tell others about this organization?

That is concentrates on helping the people it is supposed to be helping rather than creating a huge charity with layers of administrative management.

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Role:  Donor & Committed to give a regular monthly contribution.