Join us on our upcoming Joy Trip, an adventure to enchanting Ethiopia,

March 15 - 25th, 2019

Healing Hands of Joy provided me an unparalleled opportunity to explore Ethiopia and experience, firsthand, the important work of this organization. I was honored to witness the many women who shared their stories of hardship and triumphs. The HHOJ visits to rehabilitation centers and rural villages gave me access to a deeper understanding of obstetric fistula and the rehabilitation and training of the Safe Motherhood Ambassadors who make it their mission to educate other women and end fistula in Ethiopia. Our many adventures exploring this beautiful place and experiencing the resilience and strength of the Ethiopian people made this an inspiring and unforgettable trip!” 2017 Joy Trip Participant Patricia Waldner

Join us for an adventure like no other here in northern Ethiopia! Our Joy Trips take you on a journey into the rural countryside of Ethiopia, and into the lives of women who have been afflicted by obstetric fistula but who have since emerged with hope and resilience. They are on the frontlines in the fight against fistula!

In 2015, the European Council on Tourism and Trade named Ethiopia as the world’s best destination for tourists to come and travel. From its outstanding natural beauty, dramatic landscapes and ancient historic sites, Ethiopia is considered as the cradle of modern human beings. Ethiopia is home to some of the ancient rock-hewn churches that date back to the 4th century AD. This adventure of a lifetime is paired beautifully with gaining a deeper understanding of what obstetric fistula is and why it is prevalent in Ethiopia.

With the good work of Healing Hands of Joy you will see how fistula survivors are being empowered to prevent fistula in their communities. We will spend quality time at the Healing Hands of Joy rehabilitation centers meeting fistula survivors who are in training to become Safe Motherhood Ambassadors. Then, you’ll have the chance to visit project areas ‘in the field,’ where our Safe Motherhood Ambassadors have been deployed. At our Community Engagement Campaigns, we gather entire rural villages together to screen the film “Fistula is Not a Curse” and hold a special candle ceremony where everyone commits to ending fistula in their homes and communities.

As a participant on this trip you will be receiving the most authentic and genuine experience of all that Healing Hands of Joy and Ethiopia has to offer. The itinerary allows for the adventure seeker and the philanthropist to experience both the beauty and real hardships of the areas we will visit. We hope you decide to join us and know that you must have healing to receive joy!

Last year's Joy Trip paticipants visited Addis Ababa Fistula hospital and spent days at HHOJ's Mekelle and Bahir Dar centers where they met our staff and SMAs in training. The participants shared reflection time as a "Circle of Love" with our SMAs where they intently listened to each woman. 

Joy Trip participants also had the opportunity to meet Safe Motherhood Ambassador, Berhan, as she went around her village house-to-house and taught pregnant woman about obstetric fistula and safe practices for having a healthy baby. They visited many women's homes and met healthy babies that Berhan had a hand in helping have a safe delivery. And they had walked 2 hours for community engagement meeting to help them experience the  commitment, strength and devotion of each one of our ambassadors. The participants also had a spa day with our SMAs, a day filled with fun filled manicures and pedicures, getting the SMAs ready for their graduation. 

*Please click on the attached document for detailed Itinerery.


Estimated Air Fair:1,500 (includes domestic flights ADD-MEKELLE-ADD-HAWASSA-ADD-LALIBELA-ADD, if you fly Ethiopian Airlines. This price is from Charlotte, NC to Addis Ababa. Price varies depending your departure City.)

Trip Cost:  $2,858

For more information contact Makda Teklemichael, Manager of Development, (