Dear friends, 


We've had a lot of great achievements in 2014, but as it draws to a close we wanted to focus on our work empowering young women to become midwives. Prevention is crucial to eradicating fistula in Ethiopia.  


Meet Birke, one of our promising students at the Hamlin College for Midwives.

Midwifery student  

I'm a girl from the countryside. It was hard to be successful in school and get an education...I'm an only child so I had a lot of responsibilities for housework and it was hard to do both the housework and the studying. My family is not literate. But I wanted to study and become a specialist in one area, so I tried and studied very hard while also doing the housework...


In my country, there are a lot of problems with women giving birth, and with maternal health and mortality.  Eighty-five percent of the people live in the country and don't usually go to the hospital to give birth. Hamlin is supporting the government's efforts to reduce the problem by training midwives and expanding health centers...


I want to save the lives of local mothers, to help with medical problems. Later, I want to specialize and become a gynecologist.


One hundred percent of your donation helps young women, like Birke, who are studying to be midwives, as well as the thousands of fistula patients treated and cared for each year at the network of Hamlin hospitals. 


This is your last chance to give in 2014. You have until midnight on December 31 to make a donation that you can deduct for this year. Please help us restore dignity and nurture change for Ethiopia's mothers.


Donate now and check out our corporate match tool to see if your employer will match your gift!


Wishing you all the best in 2015,


Hamlin Fistula USA

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