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About Healing Hands of Joy

The Problem

Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury caused by prolonged and obstructed labor. Obstetric fistula often results in a stillbirth, chronic incontinence, spousal abandonment, social stigma, and personal shame. Women living with fistula are often considered “cursed” by their communities because of the lack of education about fistula and how it is caused. In Ethiopia, an estimated 37,500 cases of fistula remain untreated, with 3,500 new cases occurring every year.

Our vision is to see a fistula-free Ethiopia.

Our Solution

Healing Hands of Joy’s mission is Prevention, Identification, and Reintegration.

Our Safe Motherhood Ambassador Model to support, equip and deploy women recovering from the devastating impacts of obstetric fistula. This involves restoring their joy, self-esteem, confidence & psychosocial capacity to engage fully and meaningfully as community members. We improve maternal healthcare by training women treated for the condition to become Safe Motherhood Ambassadors within their communities. Our ultimate goal is to improve maternal health service utilization and to eradicate fistula from the hardest-to-reach regions in Ethiopia.

Our inspiration comes from the unconditional love of God and His call to bring healing and joy to those who suffer as exemplified by Jesus Christ. We are committed to working with partners and individuals of all faiths and beliefs.

Join the Healing Circle

The Healing Circle is a special opportunity to provide healing for survivors of obstetric fistula in a very real and tangible way. Recurring monthly gifts support the provision of microloans for economic empowerment, continuing education support, essential communication tools, and, in the face of this pandemic, the provision of emergency food relief and sanitary supplies to our most vulnerable women in Ethiopia.

As a Healing Circle member, you will receive special quarterly updates, including the opportunity to hear directly from our CEO and staff on the ground in Ethiopia about the impact of your support.

$35 per month provides an Ambassador with a mobile phone to support their community education work, or supplies two uncured Ambassadors with essential sanitary support.

$55 per month provides 3 micro-loans per year for livestock purchases, sustaining an Ambassador’s life and family. It also covers the cost for one male family member to receive fistula prevention training.

$75 per month provides emergency food and sanitary support to an Ambassador suffering shortages due to COVID-19, or covers the cost for one Ambassador’s continued education training and tool kit.


Safe Motherhood Ambassador Maniholish suffered from Obstetric fistula for seventeen years, until an informational leaflet from a Healing Hands of Joy community outreach event helped rewrite her story.


Safe Motherhood Ambassador Densa is on a mission to educate her community about maternal health, to protect other women from the shame and loneliness caused by Obstetric Fistula. This is her story.


Safe Motherhood Ambassador Endayehu reclaimed her life after Obstetric Fistula, using the tools and support she received from Healing Hands of Joy to regain her confidence and hope. This is her story.