Dignity for African Mothers

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There is an African proverb that says, "Do not let the sun set twice on an laboring woman."

As you are reading this, many African women are going through difficult, extremely painful labour without access to proper medical care. Every day, more than 800 women die from labor complications, and those who survive are often left with a debilitating childbirth injury, called obstetric fistula.

Obstetric fistula? You have maybe never heard about it, because it does not exist in countries where women have access to quality obstetric care. Sadly, this is not the case for too many African mothers.

During prolonged labor that can last days, the head of the baby pressing against the sacrum and the pubic bone causes tears in the tissues between the vagina and the bladder or the rectum. The baby dies, and the mother is left with urinary or fecal incontinence that is devastating for her physical and mental health. Without access to sanitary products, she is always wet and feeling ashamed. Because of persistent bad odor, she is often excluded from the community, she cannot work or go to school. 

Every year, fistula affects more than 50,000 women in Africa. Surgical treatment is possible, but local health centres often lack resources and training to perform these complex operations. 

We are the Healthy Mothers of the World Foundation, a Canadian non-profit that has offered, since 2010, free fistula repair surgeries to more than 100 women in Burkina Faso and Rwanda. Our team of volunteer doctors and nurses is returning to Rwanda in November. A dozen of women are already waiting for their surgery and hoping to return to normal life. 

We need 35,000$ to make our next surgical mission possible. This amount will cover:
- Hospital stay fees and food for our patients.
- The medical material and the medications required for surgery and post-surgical follow-up.
- Plane tickets and accommodation for our volunteer surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologist and field mission coordinator.

Donate any amount or choose from the list below. Campaign perks will be delivered at the end of the campaign - we will send you a message via this platform to find the best way to deliver your gift.

With $20 we are able to provide transportation for a woman from her village to the hospital.
With $50 we can feed a patient for a week.
With only $15 we give her the essential goods for her stay.

PLEASE DONATE AND SHARE WIDELY! Sharing on social media does make a huge difference, and every donation helps our medical team provide life-changing surgeries. 

Thank you so much for your support,

MMS Team

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Thanks to your generous donations we've raised a total amount of 20 764$, WOW!

On behalf of all Rwandan mothers who receive MMS life-transforming surgeries,


MMS Team
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*Message en français ci-dessous*

THANK YOU! We have raised more than $19700 to help moms in Rwanda!

Thanks to your contributions, our volunteer doctors and nurses offered free fistula repair surgery to 9 women at the Ruhengeri Hospital in November. This mission was particularly difficult for our surgical team who had to deal with very complex cases. Hopefully, our patients will recover promptly and get back to a normal life soon!

Please note that we do not have access to your personal information and your email address through GoFundMe. If you want to receive your tax receipt and your gift, it is important to send an email to melissa.lubin@fondationmms.org.

Once again, thank you so much for your donation! Happy holidays!

Jacques, Andrea, Mélissa, Stéphanie, Valérie, Ginette, Anne, Alfred, Erica, Dominique, Ikram, Claudette, Elkis, Renée, Thomas, and Maria.


MERCI! Nous avons récolté plus de 19700$ pour aider les mamans en Afrique!

Grace à vos contributions, nos médecins et infirmiers bénévoles ont soigné 9 femmes à l’hôpital de Ruhengeri en novembre. Cette mission fut particulièrement difficile pour notre équipe chirurgicale, qui a dû trouver les moyens de gérer des cas extrêmement complexes. Nous espérons le prompt rétablissement de nos patientes pour qu’elles puissent retourner à une vie normale très bientôt!

Notez que nous n’avons pas accès à vos informations personnelles et votre adresse courriel avec la plateforme GoFundMe. Si vous voulez recevoir votre reçu d’impôt et votre cadeau, c’est important d’envoyer un email à melissa.lubin@fondationmms.org.

Encore une fois, merci de tout cœur pour votre don! Joyeuses fêtes!

Jacques, Andrea, Mélissa, Stéphanie, Valérie, Ginette, Anne, Alfred, Erica, Dominique, Ikram, Claudette, Elkis, Renée, Thomas et Maria.
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Less than a month before our team leaves for Rwanda! And more than 16000$ raised! Thank you so much for your support, and let's keep sharing and spreading the word!
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More than $1000 raised for our next mission in Rwanda - thanks so much everyone for your support! Please keep sharing to help us reach our goal of $35000!
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