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Julie Lombardo
fundraising stats:
21%

Raised: $420 | Target: $2,000 | Left: $1,580

  • Contributions$420
  • Donors4
  • Comments1
I first learned about obstetric fistula from Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. I was both horrified by this condition – and how the women who endure it are treated – and inspired. When asked to serve on One By One’s board, I didn’t hesitate. I’m honored to be a part of an organization that can have such a profound impact not only for the survivor, but for her family and community as well. 
             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.
   Recent Activity
Marcie McHale donated $200 on 11/10/2017
Gunilla Luthra donated $100 on 11/8/2017
Happy to contribute to a great cause. Thanks for the work you put in here Julie!
WB donated $100 on 11/6/2017
Amy donated $20 on 11/5/2017