Rahmete labored for three agonizing days at home before being taken to the nearest medical clinic for treatment. She was heartbroken to discover that her baby had died and that she had suffered an obstetric fistula injury that left her leaking urine.
She lived hidden with a fistula for five years, not knowing help was available. Until she heard about Hamlin’s Metu Fistula Hospital on the radio.
Once there, Rahmete received a single life-changing surgery and compassionate, holistic care that not only restored her physical injury, but also helped heal her emotional scars.
“I now lead a happy life, free from suffering. I started living like a woman again,” says Rahmete.
Every woman deserves kindness, compassion and quality care. YOUR donation today will ensure that Hamlin regional fistula hospitals like Metu can continue to transform women’s lives.
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.