Rahel and Kennedy's Circle of Friends Fundraising Page


Rahel and Kennedy's Circle of Friends Fundraising Page

Rahel and Kennedy's Circle of Friends Fundraising Page

Thank you for visiting  our Circle of Friends  fundraising page!

Rahel and Kennedy's Circle of Friends
are currently working to raise awareness and funding for the  Fistula Foundation which funds the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. This hospital provides fistula repair, prevention and educational programs throughout Ethiopia


An obstetric fistula is a hole between a woman's birth passage and one or more of her internal organs as a result of obstructed labor during childbirth. When obstructed labor is unrelieved a woman is left with a hole between her bladder  and vagina and sometimes between her vagina and rectum. This hole results in permanent incontinence of urine and /or feces. Most women who develop these fistula's are abandoned by their families and ostracized by their communities because of their foul smell and inability to have children.

There are high rates of Fistula in Africa and other remote areas of the world mainly because of  the lack of available healthcare.  Experts at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital estimate there are over 8,000 new cases of fistula every year in Ethiopia in addition to the 100,000 currently suffering from untreated fistula. The root causes of fistula are grinding poverty and the low status of women and girls. In Ethiopia, the poverty and malnutrition in children contributes to the condition of stunting, where the girl's skeleton, and therefore pelvis as well, do not fully mature. This stunted condition can contribute to obstructed labor which can cause fistula. Fistula's can be prevented by better maternal nutrition, healthcare and  cesarean section when needed and can be repaired by obstetric surgery. However hundreds of thousands of women don't have access to even minimal health care

At the Hamlin Fistula Hospitals $450 will provide one woman with fistula repair surgery, postoperative care, a new dress and bus fare back home.

Please visit the
Fistula Foundation Web site for detailed information and personal stories about the devastating affects of Obstetric Fistulas and help our circle of friends help women in need .

Please click here to view  a trailer from the award winning PBS Film  "A Walk to Beautiful,"    which chronicles the personal lives of several women with obstetric fistula who were treated at  the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.

All donations are tax deductible. Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support  our  fundraising efforts.

By donating to the Fistula Foundation you have given one of our sisters in Ethiopia hope and a chance for a better life.

Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

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