December 11, 2017
Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) trading as Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation
We have updated our name:
In January 2018, in honour of Dr Catherine Hamlin’s ongoing, inspirational work, we updated our name from Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) to the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation.
Dr Catherine Hamlin has had an extraordinary year. She was named NSW Senior Australian of the Year for 2018. She now progresses to the National Australia Day awards, announced on 25 January (the day after her 94th birthday). Earlier in 2017, a Sydney Harbour Ferry was named in her honour. She continues to receive accolades such as these in her usual humble, gentle way.
The update to our name honours Catherine, helps ensure that her name is associated with her important, life-restoring work and better reflects our role here in Australia to support her work. You can read more about Catherine’s life’s work here.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation?
The 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 2018 are:
- Ethiopia: Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s six hospitals, the Hamlin College of Midwives, forty midwifery clinics, and the Rehabilitation and Reintegration program at Desta Mender.
- Uganda: Terrewode Women’s Community Hospital – replicating the Hamlin Model of Care.
Why has the name been updated from Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) to the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation
The name has been updated for three reasons:
- to honour Dr Catherine Hamlin and ensure her legacy is protected and known into the future.
- so, our supporters can be assured that they are supporting the work founded by Dr Catherine Hamlin and continue the eradication of obstetric fistula.
- to better reflect our role here in Australia to support Dr Hamlin’s work.
- to more effectively describe the fundraising purpose of this organisation with the addition of projects outside Ethiopia.
Will support provided for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia remain the same?
Yes. We are firmly committed to Ethiopia and will continue supporting Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s prevention, treatment and rehabilitation work in the same way we’ve always done.
Why is The Foundation supporting a program outside of Ethiopia?
Dr Catherine Hamlin’s success in Ethiopia has encouraged the Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia clinical team and its partners to help women in other parts of Africa who have not had access to the Hamlin Model of Care to patients suffering an obstetric fistula. We are committed to realising Catherine’s dream to Eradicate Fistula. Forever.
Is Dr Catherine Hamlin part of the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation?
Yes. This is just an update of name. The organisation remains the same. 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 on the grounds of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital. She will celebrate her 94th birthday in January 2018. She does not participate in the daily running of the hospital but remains very much part of the Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia family and is referred to locally as Emaye (Amharic for “Mother”).
Are donations to the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation tax-deductible?
Yes. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.
Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes. For a single donation, 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.
Are the bank details for donations to the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation the same as for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia)?
Yes. Our Bank Account remains unchanged and donations can be deposited directly as always.
Where will my donation be used?
You can select Ethiopia, Uganda or ‘wherever the need is greatest’. If you choose Ethiopia, your donation will fund Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia’s program in Ethiopia. If you choose Uganda, your donation will fund the 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.
How can I be sure my privacy is protected?
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?
I have already 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) will continue to be remitted to Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.
Should I notify you if I have named the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation or Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) as a beneficiary in my will?
If you decide to make a bequest to the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation or Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia), 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 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:
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 support listed on our website here.
Where does the 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 from individual donors, foundations, businesses, community organisations and schools throughout Australia.
How are funds raised and how are they used?
In 2017 for every dollar donated in Australia:
Is the 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 is Dr Catherine Hamlin
You can read more about Catherine’s life’s work to eradicate obstetric fistula here.
Or the book The Hospital By The River, a candid account of Dr Hamlin’s decades of service to women in Ethiopia suffering from obstetric fistula.