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Wrap a woman in love and care. Give a Comfort Package today.

Join the global generosity movement this GivingTuesday and start the healing journey of a woman like Meseret (above) who is suffering with the trauma of a horrific childbirth injury.

Like so many women in Ethiopia, Meseret endured an agonizing, obstructed labor at home, before her baby was stillborn. She was left incontinent, with a with a devastating obstetric fistula injury.

The pain, shame and loneliness devastated her life for 28 years.

With your help, we’re determined to finish Dr Catherine Hamlin’s work and finally eradicate this debilitating, humiliating, yet treatable condition in Ethiopia. 

When Meseret finally arrived at Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital for treatment, she was given a beautiful Comfort Package, funded by our generous supporters. This marked the start of her journey back to health, dignity and the life she deserves.

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From just $40, your gift of a Comfort Package today will make another woman feel seen and loved before her life-changing surgery.

  • $40 will begin a woman's healing journey with a beautiful Comfort Package, restoring her health and dignity
  • $250  will wrap six women in the love and care they’ve been shut out from for so long.
  • $900 covers the cost of surgery for a woman with simple obstetric fistula
  • $2,500 covers the cost of surgery for a woman with complex obstetric fistula

On GivingTuesday, please give generously. Together, we will achieve Catherine’s vision of a future free from obstetric fistula in Ethiopia. 

Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation and Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia are fiscally sponsored in the US and Canada to ensure tax deductibility of your full charitable contribution.

Donor Advised Funds

You can designate Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation as a beneficiary for your donor-advised fund (DAF). A DAF allows you to give cash, stock, and other assets and you will receive a tax deduction when the charitable contribution is made. 

How it works:

  1. Request a grant distribution through your DAF sponsor.
  2. Share that the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is a Friends Fund held by the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS; EIN 58-2277856).
  3. As a fiscally-sponsored Friends Fund, the grant will be made to KBFUS with a designation allocating it to the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation Fund. 
  4. You will receive a receipt from KBFUS and a letter of thanks from Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation.

Monthly Donations

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. Through monthly charitable giving, your support will 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. 

A Gift in your Will

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. A planned gift is 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.


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Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation is fiscally sponsored by KBFUS (EIN582277856) and KBF Canada (RCO769784893RR0001)

Photography credits to Cameron Bloom, Nigel Brennan, Mary F. Calvert, Kate Geraghty, Amber Hooper, Joni Kabana, Johannes Remling and Martha Tadesse.

Patient names have been changed to protect the identities of those we help.