When Dining for Women (DFW) learned of the work of the Fistula Foundation a few years ago, its members were excited to see that the Foundation’s aims resonate so deeply with DFW’s own mission. Dining for Women is a national non-profit organization based in Greenville, South Carolina. It empowers women globally who live in extreme poverty by funding programs fostering good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency and cultivates educational dinner circles inspiring individuals to make a difference through the power of collective giving. Each month, DFW chapters all over the country meet and learn about a featured monthly program, have a potluck dinner or lunch, and donate the money that they would have spent eating out to the featured program. DFW pools the money and donates the lump sum to a carefully selected recipient organization. DFW envisions small groups of women forming dinner chapters throughout the world, combining their energies to improve the quality of life for women and children living in the developing world.
Fistula Foundation’s aid of women in developing countries with fistula aligned with DFW’s aim to support health programs for low-income women in developing countries. Members have been deeply touched to learn of the agony of fistula sufferers, the isolation and embarrassment that they endure, and thrilled to learn that the Fistula Foundation works hard to cure this terrible condition, to offer them a second chance in life through the expertise and generosity of doctors at hospitals supported by the Foundation. DFW was proud to feature the Fistula Foundation as a sponsored program twice in the early years of the organization and again in 2008, having raised $345 in 2004, $565 in 2005, and $14,732 in 2008 for the Foundation.
Many thanks to Devon Anker of Dining for Women for providing us with this article about their work.
This story originally appeared in Fistula Foundation’s Summer 2009 newsletter. Click here to view a PDF of the entire newsletter.