The Bonnie & Charles Evans Hawassa Center

Opened in August 2015.

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Hawassa Center

Hawassa, SNNPR

In September 2015, Healing Hands of Joy opened its 3rd Safe Motherhood Ambassadors Rehabilitation and Reintegration center in Hawssa, capital of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). According to a 2015 report by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, SNNPR is the 2nd highest populated with high suspected cases of fistula as compared to other regions in Ethiopia. HHOJ Hawassa center works in strong collaboration with key stakeholders such as the Bureau of Finance and Economic Development; Bureau of Women, Youth and Children’s Affairs; Regional Health Bureau and Hamlin Fistula Hospital Yirgalem center.

To date, HHOJ’s Hawassa center has:

  • Trained 480 Safe Motherhood Ambassadors.
  • 444 Male partners and family Members Fistula awareness workshops
  • Held 28 Stakeholder Workshops
  • Provided Micro loans to 125 SMAs to Economically empower them
  • Held 64 Community Engagement Campaigns
  • 116 new cases of obstetric fistula identified by our Safe Motherhood Ambassadors
  • 155 SMAs have been supported through Reintegration follow-up visits

One Woman's Story

“God is good, my life is improving, and I have a goal to contribute my part in the effort to eliminate fistula by educating pregnant mothers and community every day.” Safe Motherhood Ambassador Lomite

  • Lomite developed fistula during labor with her fourth child, which resulted in a stillbirth. Her husband divorced her and remarried, leaving Lomite and her three children in deep poverty.

  • After living 5 years with urine incontinence, suffering isolation and attempting suicide, she learned about fistula and its treatment from SMA Ayelech. After she was cured, Lomite joined HHOJ’s Hawassa center.

  • She has educated 50 pregnant women about safe birth practices, and she continues to speak at church and marketplace gatherings to help eradicate OF in her community.





Raised for this phase of work in Hawassa Center