I first met women suffering from fistula when I was working in Ethiopia in 2014. I was appalled when I found out htey couldn't use public transportation to get to the medical appointment in the city 13 hours away that my clinic hard arranged! During my time abroad, I had the opportunity to learn more about obstetric fistula - both in terms of the toll they take on a woman's life and the barriers to care. Now that I am back in the USA, I feel very luck to work for an organization that is doing so
“My family now respects me,” Immaculate says. Based on her tenacity and the garments she makes, her future in the industry is bright. When asked whether she wants to get married she says, “To talk of marriage, I don’t feel like getting married at this time. I would like first to achieve my goal, because without, I can’t make it.”
Between now and the end of the year, we plan to raise $150,000 to fund outreach, surgical treatment and residential reintegration for 235 women & girls living with obstetric fistula in rural areas of Uganda. With your help through this online campaign, we hope to raise the funds for at least 36 of these women by #GivingTuesday on November 28.