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Hamlin Barefoot Challenge 2022

We are taking on a barefoot walking challenge to raise money for Hamlin Fistula New Zealand, a Kiwi charity committed to fistula-free and safe childbirth for every woman.

We will hike up Mt Grey barefoot on June 18 (with some optional ice challenges)!

Our goal is to raise $1250. We would love your help!

When a young woman suffering with a fistula hears about the work of Hamlin Fistula, they are usually located in some of the most remote parts of Ethiopia and have to endure a laborious trek to get to the nearest hospital. For most, this will mean many kilometres of walking, usually barefoot.

Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury affecting many thousands of women each year. An obstetric fistula is a hole between the birth canal and the bladder and/or rectum that leaves survivors with debilitating and socially stigmatising injuries. Women and girls with fistulas become incontinent and subsequently experience the worst forms of disadvantage and discrimination. Many are young when their horror stories begin, and they are rejected by their husbands, families and communities. But there is hope!

Hamlin Fistula is a world leader in the treatment of childbirth injuries, changing the lives of tens of thousands of women and their families.

Every $30 can help prevent fistula through providing pregnancy and birth care for one mother and baby.

Every $815 can restore dignity with one standard fistula surgery at a regional Hamlin hospital.

Thanks for your support!

Hamlin Fistula isn’t just an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. They tirelessly work to prevent fistula through training and deploying midwives to regions that lack maternity care.

With your help, Hamlin Fistula can restore women's dignity through surgery and can train highly specialised midwives who will be leaders in the work to prevent childbirth injuries and fistula.

Donations $461
Goal $1,250

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Hamlin Fistula NZ is committed to providing ongoing support for fistula surgery and for the preventive work of the midwives. The hospital in Addis Ababa has become a centre of excellence to which doctors from other countries come to learn and master the specialist skills of fistula surgery.

Photography credits to Mary F. Calvert, Kate Geraghty, Amber Hooper, Joni Kabana, Joli Wescombe, Natasha Meyer and Martha Tadesse.