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20 years of Desta Mender

This year marks 20 years since Catherine established Desta Mender, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s Rehabilitation and Reintegration Centre, where thousands of survivors of obstetric fistula have received free physiotherapy, counselling, long-term medical care and vocational training.


These 20 years of compassionate care were only made possible by funding from generous donors and supporters like you. As we look to the next 20 years, we are proud to know more women will be empowered to live with choice and autonomy, through exciting projects such as Hamlin’s Women’s Empowerment Program.


Here, women who would otherwise struggle to make an income will receive three months of training in leadership and small-business.


“I stayed with fistula for ten years.”- Mulu Girma, Hamlin Women’s Empowerment Program Trainee.


“When we were invited for this training, I am so happy. I want to open a small inn in my village and sell food,” says Mulu.

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