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Getting Home

In Documentary work, Ethiopia, Giving Back on November 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm


Today is Thanksgiving; in the last 2 days I have seen a lifetime’s worth of suffering and physical tragedy at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
A fistula is an avoidable but terrible injury that happens when a baby becomes stuck in the birth canal during a long labor, a tear forms between the birth canal and the bladder and/or the rectum as fragile cells are destroyed by the pressure from the still-born baby’s body.   As a result, a hole is formed causing incontinence for the woman.

I met, interviewed and photographed two very young women who arrived at the hospital over a month ago from a village more then 3 days drive away.  Even though they did not know each prior, their shared experience has brought them very close as has their successful recovery from surgery. Both lost their babies after multiple days in obstructed labor that resulted in obstetric fistula injuries.  The missionaries that delivered them to the hospital have not been able to raise enough money to take them home so they have been stuck…. waiting.

This is where my real purpose became clear today.  I am taking them home.  But the expense of a private car to travel to their village is an extreme expense for any Ethiopian and for me as well.  I need your help to get them home.

I am going to make sure they get back to their village safe and sound. They need my help and I need yours.

If you would like to donate to this cause please click on this paypal link

Or you can go to our SocialWish page and donate that way.

Any extra funds raised will go to the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa.

-David

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Here in Addis

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 7:26 am

Sorry for the delay in getting some photos up from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. it’s been a whirl wind few days as we all get sorted out and find our feet. The Hamlin hospital is quite a place helping woman to fix their fistulas from child birth. It is really so sad all the young woman walking around. They are all so tiny from malnutrition it’s hard to believe they could even get pregnant never mind give birth. The truth is these girls lost their babies from prolonged labor and an inability to get to proper obstetric health care. JUST HAD A BLACKOUT!! I wonder how long that will last for?. Anyway here are some photos of the hotel I’m staying at and another building next door. Guess the one I’m in.