For the past seven years, Healing Hands of Joy (HHOJ) has trained fistula survivors, women who have suffered with a fistula but have undergone surgical intervention, to become Safe Motherhood Ambassadors (SMAs). SMAs are community-based advocates who educate about safe delivery practices, promote antenatal care, and help to reduce the prevalence of fistula in their communities.
The top-line goal of HHOJ is to enable women treated for obstetric fistula to resume full and productive lives within their families/communities.
And it is working!
Thanks to the support from donors like you, Healing Hands of Joy has trained over 1,000Safe Motherhood Ambassadors throughout Ethiopia and those remarkable women have reached over 28,000 pregnant women with help and training about fistula and the benefits of safe delivery, resulting in 15,000 safe deliveries!
In addition, Healing Hands of Joy has provided 601 micro-loans to our Ambassadors to help them establish businesses of their own, discover new passions and provide for themselves and their families. We have also provided 452 family member trainings discussing fistula, debunking the myths that exist and empowering men to be better partners and fathers.
The goal of Healing Hands of Joy is to help eliminate obstetric fistula by 2020 and we are on track to do just that. As a leading partner on Ethiopia's Fistula Task Force we are identifying counties to be declared Fistula Free by 2020.
But we need your help!
We need to raise $150,000 in our year end Ambassadors of Joy campaign. Won't you help us meet and exceed our goal this year?!
It only costs $1,000 per woman,to provide Safe Motherhood Ambassador training, including her micro-loan and our goal for 2018 is to see an additional 360 survivors trained as SMAs.
Give today and become an "Ambassadors of Joy" as together, we bring joy, help and hope to women living with obstetric fistula in Ethiopia. Let's make motherhood safer for women and their babies!
Thanks for giving and for being an Ambassador of Joy!