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Charity Concert in Support of Fistula Foundation

On May 2, 2015, a group of middle and high school students from Palo Alto, California organized and hosted a piano concert at their church in support of local charities, and we were honored to be one of their chosen benefactors! These young musicians performed a variety of pieces on the piano, flute and saxophone,…

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Inspired by Mom

In the spring of 2013, filmmaker Elisa Gambino and her husband, Neal Broffman, visited Gondar University Hospital in Ethiopia with partners Fistula Foundation and Johnson & Johnson. Elisa and Neal were there to interview and film the fistula treatment work we both supported at this facility. It was the first time she had met with obstetric fistula patients…

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Andy Dutcher

In 2003, Andy Dutcher read a column by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times about a woman who had been raped, lost the baby, developed fistula and was subsequently abandoned and left to fight her way toward eventual treatment. He couldn’t stop thinking about her story. He took the article to his church giving…

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Lauren Jelks

Lauren first learned about obstetric fistula from her older brother. “I realized that this is a really important issue that people aren’t really aware of. And not only are they not aware of it, but it’s so easy to fix.” A senior at Castro Valley High School, Lauren had founded the 50/50 club, which met…

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Mary Ann McCammon

Mary Ann has always been interested in improving the lives of disadvantaged women. When she learned about obstetric fistula more than a decade ago, she was determined to find a way to help. She realized her talent for quilting might be a clever way to help educate others about this heartbreaking condition. Her first quilt…

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Raising Awareness Through Quilting

Mary Ann McCammon Yamhill, OR Mary Ann has always been interested in improving the lives of disadvantaged women. When she learned about obstetric fistula more than a decade ago, she was determined to find a way to help. She realized her talent for quilting might be a clever way to help educate others about this…

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Madeline Sheron

Madeline Sheron first learned about fistula after reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women and Girls Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn. She was so inspired that she wanted to do something to help – she brought Half the Sky to her book club and then decided to put on an…

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Denise Alden & Bombshell

Supporter Spotlight: Denise Alden & Bombshell Fashionista Denise Alden is the owner of Bombshell, a boutique in Minneapolis, Minnesota that caters to women of style and substance who wear sizes 14 to 24. For the past several years, Denise has organized a campaign around Mother’s Day to educate customers about obstetric fistula and encourage shoppers…

Silky Kisses

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Supporter Spotlight: Silky Kisses

We all sleep. Why not sleep on a deliciously luxurious silk pillowcase, better yet one whose proceeds support women suffering from fistula? Silky Kisses is a non-profit organization in Australia that “focuses on positive giving through shopping” – 100% of net profits from the sale of their pillowcases are donated to Fistula Foundation. Since 2013,…

Supporter Spotlight - IBC

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Maryland/DC: Informed Birth Choices

  Informed Birth Choices (IBC) is an organization in the Maryland/DC area that offers childbirth classes and doula services to the community. In May, they held a car seat safety event and fundraiser for Fistula Foundation that raised $250! The following is part of a blog post about the event, reprinted from their website, www.informedbirthchoices.org….

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Palo Alto, CA: Students Put On Benefit Piano Concert

On May 31, 2014, students Timothy Yang, Mason Lau, Ray William and Rose William of Palo Alto, California hosted a piano concert at their local Unitarian Universalist Church. They generously donated all proceeds to charity, and we were honored to be one of their chosen benefactors! These talented young musicians practiced for months to perform…

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Supporter Spotlight: Carolyn Cooper

Several years ago, Carolyn Cooper was introduced to Fistula Foundation’s work through a video. She found herself drawn to the cause on an emotional level. “The bond you have with other women through childbirth is very powerful,” she shared. Having also read Nicholas Kristof’s columns in the New York Times featuring women struggling to overcome the stigma of obstetric fistula, she was moved…

Lincoln School in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica: 8th Graders Commit to Treating Fistula

Over the last two years, students in the 8th grade class at Lincoln School in Costa Rica have raised nearly $10,000 toward Fistula Foundation’s efforts to treat women who are suffering from obstetric fistula. Inspired by a teacher who has a passion for current affairs, the students have been committed to helping heal women with…

Izzy Howerton

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St. Louis, MO: Running for a Reason

Izzy Howerton is a runner who loves to go the distance. Earlier this year, she put her hobby to use by hitting the pavement for women with obstetric fistula. Inspired by a Global Action Project class, in which she learned about global issues and how to solve them, Izzy decided to take on the issue…

Natalie P.

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Hoboken, NJ: Student works to “Improve a Life”

This summer, we received a letter and generous contribution from Natalie P., at the time an 8th grader at Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, NJ. She had selected Fistula Foundation as the focus of her “Improve a Life” project for her Humanities class, a project through which students raise funds and awareness for a cause…

Members of Starfish Club at Brookline High

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Brookline, MA: The Starfish Club

In 2010, a then 12-year-old grade school student in Brookline, MA named Sarah Gladstone was inspired when she read the book Half the Sky: Turning Opppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. She decided to act in support of women and girls suffering from the childbirth injury of obstetric fistula by creating The Starfish Project, through…