Everday, Ethiopian women are walking barefoot for hours/days to reach a midwife or treatment for fistula. $30 can provide safe pregnancy and birth care. $815 can give a woman life-changing surgery.
Obstetric fistula is a horrific childbirth injury causing urinary and faecal incontinence, leaving women as social outcasts. When a woman 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 Barefoot challenge is a fundraiser set up for participants in New Zealand to complete their own walk while raising funds for the women in Ethiopia. Our challenge is to hike 3 hours up Mt Grey -barefoot.
May 23 is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Last year we raised $4,209. This year we want to raise $5,000. Can you help us end fistula? Thank you!
Every woman deserves safe childbirth. Fistula is so easily preventable. We are walking the kms so they don’t have to.
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