Posted by Francesca Rutherford on Sunday 26th November 2017
Happy #GivingTuesday! Why should you give to Ethiopiaid this year? Use your #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday savings to:
• Help 100,000 Ethiopian women live with the unbearable pain and indignity of untreated fistula after giving birth to a stillborn baby
• Help the 9,000 women that develop this debilitating condition every year
We also keep our costs to a minimum with just a small team and donated office space. We have worked in Ethiopia for 25 years creating lasting change, and hope you will support us in our work.
It takes just one hour to heal the broken, damaged body of a young mother of a still-born baby. This #GivingTuesday, please will you give £20 to help?
A one-hour operation and a homemade dress can heal a young woman who has a terrible condition called obstetric fistula. Fistula happens during childbirth, often in young women, many no more than girls, when their pelvis is too small for the baby. It can also happen when the baby is in the wrong position and cannot be delivered without medical help. But there are no doctors or midwives. During their obstructed labour, a hole can form in the bladder or the rectum or both. These poor women suffer prolonged and crippling pain, lasting days on end. Eventually the baby dies and is stillborn. A stillborn child. A devastated, damaged mother.
Take part in #GivingTuesday: £20 can give an operation and a simple dress to a, grieving young mother.
Dasach was just 18 years old when she arrived at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in agony, dressed in stinking, filthy rags. She was in constant pain, barely able to walk with urine trickling down her legs. Her labour had lasted for days and the baby had died. Her husband, family and friends had abandoned her. Before her operation, the surgeon sat by Dasach’s bed and held a dress against her frail body. She said, “We are going to give you a new body and a new dress. You will go back to your village feeling clean, cured and happy.” Dasach stayed at the hospital for three weeks. She made herself a simple dress from a pattern just like the one I’ve enclosed. On the day she went home, in her new dress, she smiled like sunshine and glowed with hope and health.
This #GivingTuesday, let the healing begin with your gift today. Dasach is just one of 2,500 women who surgeons at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital treat every year. The work we fund, and the healing it brings, happens only because people like you give money to Ethiopiaid. With a gift of just £20 today you give a grieving, damaged young mother her life back. No more fistula, no more embarrassment but a healed body, the hope of another child and a new dress to wear with pride. Please help.