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 portrayed the back of women’s heads with text above that read “Waiting,” to show they were waiting for surgical repair. When that quilt was sold, she sent the funds as her first donation to Fistula Foundation.
When she met Sherri Culver, another quilter who was also interested in raising awareness about fistula, she knew a partnership had been made. Together, they designed a series of quilts that told the story of how women develop obstetric fistula and how their lives are changed by this condition. Their quilts now hang on the walls of Fistula Foundation for all to see.