Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation

2019 marks the 60th Anniversary of Drs Catherine and Reg Hamlin’s arrival in Ethiopia. Over the past 60 years, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has grown to six hospitals across Ethiopia and the team at Hamlin have treated 60,000 women to repair their fistula injuries. The Hamlin College of Midwives has graduated 170 highly skilled midwives who work in 66 Hamlin supported midwifery clinics across the breadth of Ethiopia, helping women wherever they live.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation?   

Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation, formerly Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) is an independent charity established in Australia to raise funds for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and other partners using the Hamlin Model of Care to eradicate obstetric fistula.

Programs supported in 2019 are:

  • Ethiopia: Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s six hospitals, the Hamlin College of Midwives, 66 Hamlin supported midwifery clinics, and the Rehabilitation and Reintegration program at Desta Mender. Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation provides more than 40% of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s annual operating budget.
  • Uganda: Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital – replicating the Hamlin Model of Care.

Is Dr Catherine Hamlin part of Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation?

Yes. Dr Hamlin is our Patron and the Founding member. She remains grateful for the support of Australian donors through us.

Is Dr Catherine Hamlin still working in Ethiopia?

Dr Hamlin still lives in Ethiopia. She celebrated her 95th birthday in January 2019 and 2019 marks the 60th Anniversary of Catherine and Reg Hamlin’s arrival in Ethiopia. Catherine does not participate in the daily running of the hospital but remains a much loved member of the Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia family and is referred to locally as Emaye (Amharic for “Mother”).

 

Donations

Are donations to Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation tax-deductible?

Yes. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible in Australia.

Gifts made in the USA are 100% tax deductible. You will receive a tax receipt from CAF America.

Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?

Yes. For a single donation made in Australia, your tax receipt should arrive within 14 days by mail or email. For regular monthly gifts, tax receipts are sent annually at the end of July.

Donors in the USA will receive their tax receipt from CAF America at the time of their donation.

Are the bank details for donations to Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation the same as for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia)?

Yes. To donate via direct deposit please contact us at [email protected] or call 02 9440 7001.

Where will my donation be used?

In Australia, you can select Ethiopia, Uganda or ‘wherever the need is greatest’. If you choose Ethiopia, your donation will fund Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s programs in Ethiopia. If you choose Uganda, your donation will fund Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital – replicating the Hamlin Model of Care. If you choose ‘wherever the need is greatest’, your donation will be directed to whichever of these two programs is most in need in that year.

Donations received from supporters in the USA will support Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s programs in Ethiopia.

Can I donate via text message (SMS) to Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation?

Yes, if your mobile is with Telstra or Vodafone, you can! Text HAMLIN to 199 88 256. A $5 donation to Hamlin will be included in your next mobile bill – no fees and 100% comes to CHFF. Click here to for full text-giving FAQs and T&Cs.

How can I be sure my privacy is protected?

Protecting the privacy of our donors is extremely important to us.
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Regular monthly donations:

How can I update or make changes to my monthly donation?

Please phone us on 02 9440 7001 or email your request to [email protected]

Where can I find more information about becoming a monthly donor?

You can find the information you need here and sign up via our monthly donation form. Or you can call us on 02 9440 7001 or email your request to [email protected]

 

Bequests:

I previously nominated Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) as a beneficiary in my Will. Do I need to take any action to change this in my Will?

No. There is no need to update your Will. Bequests made to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) are received by Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation and remitted to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

Should I notify you if I have named Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia or Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) as a beneficiary in my Will?

If you decide to make a bequest, please let us know so we can thank you, record your planned gift and ensure you receive regular updates about the programs your gift will support.

Can I choose to direct my bequest only to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia?

Yes. You can leave this instruction in your Will and we will ensure your wishes are followed. All bequests made or notified prior to 31 December 2017 are automatically restricted for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

Where can I find more information about leaving a bequest in my Will:

You can find the information on our website here or you can call us on 02 9440 7001 or email your request to [email protected]

 

Fundraising:

I would like to raise funds to support women with obstetric fistula.

We would love your support and have a range of ways you can get Hands On for Hamlin to raise funds for our programs listed on our website here.

 

Governance

Where does Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation get its money from?

Our funding for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and the Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital in Uganda comes from voluntary contributions made by individual donors, foundations, businesses, community organisations and schools throughout Australia.

How are funds raised and how are they used?

In FY2019 for every dollar donated in Australia:

Is Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation audited?

Yes, the financial accounts are independently audited annually. Our Audited Annual Financial Statements are available on our website here.

Who are the Directors of the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation?

Our Board of Directors is listed on our website here.

Who manages Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia?

The Hospital’s Board of Directors and management team is listed on our website here.

 

Who is Dr Catherine Hamlin

You can read more about Catherine’s life’s work to eradicate obstetric fistula here. 

Or the books The Hospital By The River and Catherine’s Gift – a candid account of Dr Hamlin’s decades of service to women in Ethiopia suffering from obstetric fistula.