Abebech’s painful, obstructed labor went on for five days before she finally gave birth to a stillborn baby and was left with a devastating obstetric fistula, leaking urine.
She stayed home rather than risk public humiliation. She felt unclean, unwanted and unloved and spent the next 27 years living in shame.
The Comfort Package Abebech received when she finally arrived at Hamlin’s Yirgalem fistula hospital was the start of her healing journey with us.
Each Comfort Package includes a Hamlin blanket that has been lovingly made by a volunteer, hygiene items, a new nightgown and slippers and a homecoming dress.
When Abebech wrapped herself in her Hamlin blanket, she felt the warm embrace of people like you. “I used to be depressed but now I am so happy and free,” says Abebech.
Make a tax-deductible donation today.
We’re determined to finish Catherine’s work and finally eradicate this debilitating, humiliating, treatable condition. Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation and Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia are fiscally sponsored in the US and Canada to ensure tax deductibility of your full contribution. Your donation today will be a fitting tribute to her life of love and service. Thank you.
You can designate Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation as a beneficiary for your donor advised fund! DAFs allow you to give cash, stock and other assets and receive a tax deduction when the contribution is made.
How it works:
You can make regular monthly donations to Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation and help us find, heal and empower women every day. Joining our community of Hamlin monthly givers is one of the most impactful ways you can help women in Ethiopia. Your ongoing donations allow us to plan ahead and deliver the best care and support we can for women with fistula injuries.
The easiest way to sign up is via our online donation form. Simply confirm your location and click on the orange DONATE button, add the amount you would like to give each month on the top right-hand side of the page and select ‘monthly’ as the frequency.
By naming 'Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation Fund' in your Will, you’re making a significant contribution to the prevention and treatment of devastating childbirth injuries in Ethiopia. Bequests are an easy and thoughtful way to leave a lasting tribute to a wonderful cause.
You can bequeath a specific dollar amount, property to be sold, or a percentage of your residual estate. Your estate will receive an estate tax charitable deduction for the amount of the gift. KBFUS can provide you with sample language to include in your last will and testament to make a charitable bequest to your existing legacy fund, or to establish a new legacy fund at KBFUS.
If you are based in the US or Canada and are interested in leaving a bequest to Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation or would like more information, please email [email protected]. Please also email us If you have already named Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation Fund in your Will. By letting us know, we can thank you, record your planned gift and ensure you receive regular updates about the programs your gift will support.