HAMLIN FISTULA ETHIOPIA (AUSTRALIA) LIMITED

Knit or crochet to support our work

On arrival, patients receive a hand knitted shawl together with their hospital gown and shoes if they arrive barefoot. These shawls are treasured by the women who keep them for decades. British and New Zealand supporters knit most of these shawls.

The idea began in the early 1990s when Dr Hamlin asked one of her loyal supporters in the UK, Jean Hadley, if she knew any knitters who could make something warm for the patients to wear on their shoulders. Jean knitted a 40 x 50 inch shawl and sent it to Catherine and the shawl project began!

Knitted shawl

PLEASE NOTE CHANGES TO THE NEEDS OF THE HOSPITAL REGARDING HANDMADE SHAWLS AS OF SEPTEMBER 2013.

Our recent mid-year intake saw more than 1000 handmade shawls make their way to Sydney HQ for shipment to Ethiopia. Thank you for all the time and talent that went into making those shawls – we could feel the love in every stitch! Many came with the funds to cover shipping and we really appreciate your generosity. Some came with the most beautiful notes, telling us the background to the shawl. There were mother-daughter teams, Girl Guide troops, many ladies in their 90s and even a couple of blokes. THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!

Together with the 700 shawls shipped from Sydney in March, the hospital now has a significant oversupply of shawls. Hamlin Fistula UK sends about 3000 shawls per year and New Zealand also makes a significant contribution. However, we have approximately 2500 patients per year across our six hospitals in Ethiopia.

Please don’t let that slow your knitting and crocheting down! While we have an oversupply of shawls, we have an undersupply of funding. We would love your support knitting and crocheting items for sale in our Sydney shop and online store to raise much-needed funds for the hospital and midwifery school.

We are working on a list of patterns for cushion covers, throws, tea cosies and hats for those who prefer to work to a pattern and we will publish general size guidelines for our more experienced crafters. We have been thrilled with how popular knitted and crocheted items have been in our shop. Refer to the the list below to see the amount that certain retail items will raise for the patients in Ethiopia.

If you or the groups you coordinate would rather continue with shawls and blankets, we recommend you donate your handmade creations to other organisations for the time being. We suggest your local nursing home, dementia ward or homeless shelter as the most appreciative and needy organisations who would just love to receive your handmade blankets. We also recommend Wrap with Love, an Australian organisation, which distributes knitted blankets to various charities, though they have not contributed to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia for a number of years.

We will accept shawls again in July at Sydney HQ but will only send a limited number to Ethiopia while the hospital continues to have an oversupply of patient shawls. Thank you for your support.

On behalf of the brave, beautiful patients and hardworking midwifery students of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, thank you for your continued generous support.

 

KNITTED AND CROCHETED ITEMS FOR HAMLIN FISTULA ETHIOPIA (AUST)

 

CUSHION COVERS
Finished size 41cm – no filler required

Knitted Cushion Cover- CLICK HERE

Crochet Cushion Cover- Zig Zag- CLICK HERE

Crochet Cushion Cover- Striped- CLICK HERE

Sale price $60
In Ethiopia, $60 pays for a hospital grade blanket

 

TEA COSIES
To fit a standard 2 cup pot
Any fibre you like to work with and can afford eg wool, cotton, acrylic
Colours: brighter the better
Sale price $25
Two of these tea cosies ($50) will pay for long-term physiotherapy for one patient

 

THROWS
Finished size approx. 40 x 50 inches or as large as 1 x 2 metres
Any fibre you like to work with and can afford eg wool, cotton, acrylic
Colours you think people will like in their homes: neutrals, brights
The classic granny square throw with black or white borders has been very popular
Crochet is very popular for throws and will look great if coordinated with a cushion cover.
Throws made of wool sell for up to $300. Two of these will fund a standard obstetric fistula operation at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

We are also keen to sell well-made knitted or crocheted hats for adults and children.

CLICK HERE for the ripple blanket pattern.

 

FOLLOW OUR PINTEREST BOARD ESPECIALLY FOR KNITTERS AND CROCHETERS
Click here to visit our Crochet and knitting inspiration Pinterest board

LIKE OUR FACE BOOK PAGE ESPECIALLY FOR KNITTERS AND CROCHETERS To Addis with Love is a place to share the love for those who crochet and knit for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia!

A NOTE ON WRAP WITH LOVE

Supporters please note that the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital has received very few blankets from the Australian organisation Wrap with Love (WWL) for a number of years. We will always be grateful for the Wrap with Love team for co-ordinating Australian knitters to make blankets for the less fortunate all over the world. WWL has provided 300,000+ blankets to the needy in numerous countries since 1992.

However, these days Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s size requirements are smaller than Wrap with Love’s to better suit our patients. We require a shawl while WWL prefer a single bed size. When our patients go home, they do not have the luxury of a single bed. A shawl is much more useful to them.

Donate to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia

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With your help we can treat Ethiopian obstetric fistula sufferers and train local midwives to prevent this terrible injury.

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