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Celine Barthelemy
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Raised: $5 | Target: $500 | Left: $495

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Celine with Belaynesh + Daughter in Chiri, Ethiopia. 2014
Belaynesh was an incredible staff member at the clinic I volunteered at in Ethiopia before I moved to Seattle. It was because of women like her that my passion for global maternal health was cemented - and this led me to One By One in 2015!
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
             Immaculate became pregnant at the age of 15 and successfully delivered a son after a difficult labor at home that lasted three days, leaving her with a fistula. After five years of loneliness and ridicule for her condition, Immaculate left home with her son to live with a childhood friend. At the age of 21 she was referred for fistula treatment to One By One's Uganda partner -- TERREWODE. Following a successful repair, she completed advanced tailoring training through the TERREWODE Women's Economic Empowerment and Self-Reliance Reintegration Centre. Now 22 years old, Immaculate proudly calls herself a fashion designer.
 
“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.
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by Anonymous donated $5 on 10/16/2017
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