Millions are suffering in the midst of war, famine, poverty, and neglect.  World Vision is dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.  EDC 2013 is partnering with World Vision to raise money for the Hamlin Fistula Hospital and World Vision’s Clean Water Program. 
The Hamlin Fistula Hospital provides care for women with childbirth injuries.  Located in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, it is the only hospital of its kind in the world dedicated exclusively to women with obstetric fistula – a condition common in the developing world where the maternal health provisions are poor.  It treats all patients completely free of any charge.  Funds raised will help support their mission and provide the hospital with critical need supplies (stoma bags, ultrasound gel).   
GE Gives matching funds will support World Vision's Clean Water Program.  Water is one of the most powerful ways to improve health, hygiene, and well being of children.   More than 6,000 children under age 5 die each day from diseases spread by unsafe water or lack of basic sanitation and hygiene. That’s why we help provide access to clean water, basic sanitation facilities, and hygiene education — because these are some of the most effective ways to prevent child disease and death.

What is Fistula?


The most devastating of all childbirth injuries

An obstetric fistula develops when the blood supply to the tissues of the vagina and bladder (and/or rectum) is cut off during prolonged, obstructed labour. The tissues die and a hole forms through which urine and/or faeces pass uncontrollably. Women who develop fistulae are often abandoned by their husbands, rejected by their communities and forced to live an isolated existence.


More than two million women live with fistula

Eradicated in the “developed” world at the end of the 19th century when caesarean section became widely available, obstetric fistula continues to plague women throughout the developing world. It is estimated that there are 100,000 new fistula cases each year, but the capacity to treat fistula is only around 6,500 per year. The United Nations Population fund (UNFPA) estimates the world’s population of fistula sufferers at more than two million.


Nerve damage and psychological trauma

The WHO has called fistula “the single most dramatic aftermath of neglected childbirth”. In addition to incontinence, a fistula victim may also have nerve damage affecting their ankles and feet. If a woman lies on her mat for a prolonged period of time, waiting for the urine to dry, she may also develop contractions of the joints of her legs, as her muscles and tendons shorten from lack of use, and be unable to walk. Fistula victims also suffer profound psychological trauma resulting from their utter loss of status and dignity.

Learn more about World Vision's mission:

  • Food Aid: World Vision is the largest distributor of food aid for the World Food Program.

  • Clean Water: Water is one of the most powerful ways to improve the health, hygiene, and well-being of children.

  • HIV and AIDS: World Vision’s HIV and AIDS care and prevention work helps families and orphans in more than 60 countries.

  • Emergency Relief: World Vision responds to humanitarian emergencies by providing food aid, shelter, and essential supplies. Rapid response teams often reach disaster sites within 48 hours of cyclones, floods, and earthquakes.

  • Medicines and Clothing: Your gift enables World Vision to ship and distribute millions of dollars worth of donated medicines and clothing to suffering children.

  • Microenterprise Development: More than half a million impoverished men and women are building their own businesses with small loans received from World Vision’s small business programs.

  • Poverty in the United States: World Vision connects and assists local leaders, churches, and organizations to help families break the cycle of poverty in impoverished communities.

Donation Levels/Impact for World Vision:

  • $25 - Promise Pack.   In parts of the world, AIDS and extreme poverty has left countless children alone without hope. You can lift up a suffering child to realize their promise in life with a Promise Pack - a special backpack full of basic school supplies, hygiene items, and a warm blanket.

  • $50 - $250 Worth Food and Aid for Africa. Every 15 seconds a child dies from a hunger related cause.   Your gift saves lives.

  • $100 - $1000 Worth of Clothing. Thanks to generous donations from our partnering corporations, your gift will multiply 10 times in impact to ship and distribute brand-new jackets, shoes, shirts, dresses, pants, and much more, to children and families all year round.

  • $200 - $2000 Worth of School Supplies.  Give kids books and tools to learn.

  • $320 - Education for Ten Children.  Your gift can help pay school fees or provide essentials like school uniforms, textbooks, backpacks, and school supplies — helping ensure that ten children in poverty can receive what he or she needs to get an education.

  • $500 - Clean Water Fund.  Every day more than 4,000 children die of water-and sanitation-related diseases. Giving to the Clean Water Fund will help bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to communities — helping cut child deaths by more than half!