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Hamlin Barefoot Challenge 2023 - Sophie Willis

I'm walking barefoot with my school friends for 3 hours

Obstetric fistula is a horrific childbirth injury causing incontinence, leaving young women as social outcasts. Many of these young women in Ethiopia are teenagers.

When a young teenage girl suffering with obstetric 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.

The Hamlin Barefoot Challenge is a great way to get a small sense of what women who have a fistula may experience when making the strenuous journey to a hospital.

Please help us prevent obstetric fistula and provide surgery for teenage girls with childbirth injuries.

  • Every $30 donation can help prevent fistula through providing pregnancy and birth care for one mother and baby
  • Every $140 donation can supply one month of life-saving essential drug supplies to a Hamlin Midwifery Centre 
  • Every $1300 donation can restore dignity with one standard fistula surgery at a regional Hamlin hospital

Donations $5
Goal $500

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Help us give hope to every woman.

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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.