Make a tax deductible donation in the USA to help eradicate fistula. Forever.

U.S. based supporters can make tax deductible contributions to Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation through its Friends Fund at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS). Because KBFUS is a public charity, within the meaning of Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the IRC, donors may claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by U.S. tax law for their contributions. If you wish to support us, here is how to proceed:

Gifts by check: Address your check to KBFUS, write Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation Friends Fund in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS at 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020

Gifts by credit card, click here.

– Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Contact KBFUS via email at [email protected] or phone (212) 713-7660.

$7 from 7

This year, to commemorate International Day to End Obstetric Fistula on May 23rd, will you help us fund 70 life-changing fistula surgeries? You will be joining a caring community of people working together to achieve Dr Catherine Hamlin’s vision of eradicating obstetric fistula by 2030.

By donating $7 and asking 7 friends and family to donate $7 too, you’ll be part of a network of supporters joining together to spare 70 women a life of shame and isolation.


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Two pioneering surgeons

Founded over 60 years ago by pioneering surgeons, Drs Catherine and Reg Hamlin, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia has treated more than 60,000 women to repair their fistula injury.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is working towards the eradication of obstetric fistula from Ethiopia by 2030. Our supporters in the USA have already helped restore the lives and dignity of hundreds of Ethiopian women over the years.

Oprah interviews Catherine

In January 2004, at the age of 80, Dr Catherine Hamlin appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s television show (video below) to talk about women and girls with obstetric fistula in Ethiopia and her work to repair their injuries and restore their dignity.

Catherine, in her characteristic self-effacing manner, said of her fundraising efforts, “We are professional beggars.” Americans responded with funds and warm support. The episode was included in Oprah’s 20-year anthology collection and she subsequently travelled to Dr Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital to film another episode for her show, broadcast in December 2005.

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Friends Fund USA

Nick Kristof – friend and advocate in the fight to eradicate fistula

New York Times columnist, respected humanitarian and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Nick Kristof is another advocate in the fight to end fistula. Nick’s articles about Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia over the years have helped to raise awareness about obstetric fistula and the work of Dr Catherine Hamlin and the Hamlin clinical team. Click here to read more.

Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia today – there is still more work to be done

Today, Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia is a healthcare network of over 550 Ethiopian staff servicing six hospitals, Desta Mender rehabilitation centre, the Hamlin College of Midwives and 80 Hamlin supported Midwifery Clinics. Hamlin is the reference organisation and leader in the fight to eradicate obstetric fistula around the world, blazing a trail for holistic treatment and care that empowers women to reassert their humanity, secure their health and well-being, and regain their roles in their families and communities.

Donors from around the world have made this progress possible. Dr Catherine Hamlin’s dream was to eradicate fistula in Ethiopia by 2030. Together, we can achieve her vision. Help finish what Catherine started by donating today. 


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