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Frequently Asked Questions

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is a healthcare network of over 550 Ethiopian staff servicing six hospitals, Desta Mender rehabilitation centre, the Hamlin College of Midwives and 80 Hamlin supported Midwifery Clinics. Hamlin is the reference organisation and leader in the fight to eradicate obstetric fistula around the world, blazing a trail for holistic treatment and care that empowers women to reassert their humanity, secure their health and well-being, and regain their roles in their families and communities. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation?

The Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is an independent charity established to raise funds for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, to eradicate obstetric fistula using the Hamlin Model of Care.

Was Dr Catherine Hamlin part of Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation?

Yes. Dr Catherine Hamlin was our Founder and Patron. Catherine passed away in March 2020 at age 96. We exist to fulfil her vision to eradicate fistula. Forever.

Who was Dr Catherine Hamlin?

You can read more about Catherine’s life’s work to eradicate obstetric fistula here.  

Or the books The Hospital By The River and Catherine's Gift - a candid account of Dr Hamlin’s decades of service to women in Ethiopia suffering from obstetric fistula. 


Are donations to Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation tax-deductible?

Gifts made in the USA through our Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation Friends Fund are 100% tax deductible. You will receive a tax receipt from KBF USA.

Gifts made in Canada are tax deductible. You will receive a tax receipt from our partners, KBF Canada.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

Donors in the USA will receive their tax receipt from KBF USA at the time of their donation.

Donors in Canada will receive their tax receipt from KBF Canada at the time of their donation.

Where will my donation be used?

Donations received from supporters in the USA and Canada will support Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s programs in Ethiopia.

How can I be sure my privacy is protected?

Protecting the privacy of our donors is extremely important to us.

Our Privacy Policy is available here.

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Regular monthly donations

In USA you can sign up via our KBF monthly donation form.

In Canada you sign up via our KBF monthly donation form.


Should I notify you if I have named Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation as a beneficiary in my Will?

If you decide to make a bequest, please let us know so we can thank you, record your planned gift and ensure you receive regular updates about the programs your gift will support.


I would like to raise funds to support women with obstetric fistula.

We would love your support and have a range of ways you can get Hands On for Hamlin to raise funds for our programs listed on our website here.


Where does Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation get its money from?

Our funding for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia comes from voluntary contributions made by individual donors, foundations, businesses, community organisations and schools throughout Australia, USA and Canada.

How are funds raised and how are they used?

In FY2019 for every dollar donated: 

Is Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation audited?

Yes, the financial accounts are independently audited annually. Our Audited Annual Financial Statements are available on our website here.


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