Several years ago, a friend encouraged Adele Ohs to watch a documentary film about obstetric fistula. She was profoundly moved by the film and immediately found Fistula Foundation online and made a small contribution. That same year, Adele’s husband had the opportunity to visit the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital during a trip to Ethiopia, and he came back with a heightened desire to do something to help. Together, the Ohs hosted several teas at their home in order to raise awareness about fistula and the work of Fistula Foundation among their friends and family.
Thanks to the Ohs, at the end of 2014 their local church chose Fistula Foundation as the recipient of “Gifts of Hope,” an annual event to raise awareness and funds for a specific cause. Adele set up a booth at her church’s “Alternative Christmas Market” and invited visitors to make a contribution to the Foundation in lieu of buying a gift for someone on their holiday list. The results were impressive – Adele’s booth ended up raising over $1,000 in donations, and made hundreds of people aware of the issue of obstetric fistula.
This article was originally featured in our Fall 2015 newsletter. Click here to read the entire newsletter.