Walk with Ethiopian Women
Every year thousands of women in Ethiopia walk or are carried vast distance to reach desperately needed healthcare facilities. Women like Semenesh, who endured an agonising three-day obstructed labour, tragically resulting in a stillborn baby.
If this trauma wasn't horrific enough, Semenesh suffered a terrible childbirth injury, known as an obstetric fistula. The fistula injury left her incontinent, unable to control her body waste.
Without knowing what her injury was, or who to turn to for help, Semenesh lived with pain and incontinence for over three long years. "One year after the injury, my husband left me. I was alone in my house with no one around to help me. There were times where I wished death over living in such agony, but I never gave up hope; I prayed day and night... One day I woke up and I started a desperate journey seeking help from someone, somewhere," remembers Semenesh.
Semenesh walked over 22 miles (35kms) across mountainous terrain to get to emergency obstetric care. She finally reached Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, where she underwent rehabilitation and received life-saving fistula-repair surgery, curing her of the injury which she had suffered with for so long.
By starting a fundraiser and walking 22 miles (35kms), you will stand in solidarity with women like Semenesh. Funds raised from your walk will directly support Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia and the treatment and prevention of obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.