April 16, 2015

Dear Friends,

Happy Spring! It is such a nice change to see the flowers blooming here in New York! Mother's Day is right around the corner, and in celebration of mothers everywhere we will be donating 10% of all proceeds from now through May 10th to Hamlin Fistula USA.

Hamlin Fistula USA supports the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital and Hamlin College for Midwifery. Dr. Catherine Hamlin, who founded the hospital with her husband in 1974, has provided free surgeries for over 40,000 women and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Located in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, it is dedicated exclusively to women with obstetric fistula, and is funded entirely by donations. It is the only hospital of its kind in the world.

Largely eradicated in the "developed" world at the end of the 19th century when caesarean section became widely available, obstetric fistula continues to plague women throughout the developing world. It is estimated that there are 100,000 new fistula cases each year, but the capacity to treat fistula is only around 6,500 per year. The United Nations Population fund (UNFPA) estimates the world's population of fistula sufferers at more than two million.

There are two wonderful ways to help Hamlin Fistula directly. If you would like to make a financial donation please do so here before May 10th as an anonymous donor has made a pledge to match all gifts through Mother's Day!

The second great way you could help Hamlin by raising awareness. They are launching a social media campaign starting today using the hashtag #MyMomMatters.

To help support them just #follow these simple steps:

1) Print out the banner found here or create one that tells the world #MyMomMatters

2) Take a selfie or a picture of your Mom

3) Post the selfie on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or all three using the hashtag #MyMomMatters and tagging Hamlin Fistula USA on Facebook, @hamlinfistula on Twitter,@hamlinfistulausa on Instagram.

4) Encourage friends to do the same.

Happy Mother's Day to all!



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