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Barefoot up Mt Grey

Hamlin Barefoot Challenge 2022

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.

Donations $1,525
Goal $5,000

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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.