Exclusively supporting the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
and the Hamlin College of Midwives
Wholehearted commitment to women with childbirth injuries, with God's love and compassion
Desta Mender (Joy Village in Amharic) was built on land donated by the Ethiopian Government about 10 kilometres from the hospital. The village's 10 houses have 70 women with chronic long-term injuries which prevent them from returning home.
The emphasis is now on rehabilitation, enabling the women to develop skills useful in the community so that they can leave Desta Mender and find permanent work. There is a large market garden where vegetables are grown. These supply the whole of Desta Mender and the surplus is used in the main Fistula hospital in Addis Ababa.
The literacy class is working to teach the women basic skills such as business and mathematics, as well as hygiene and personal health management. They are taught skills useful in the community such as sewing and associated handicrafts. The new programme will support and provide a better chance for them in their progress to sustainable and independent living.
The Juniper Cafe by the lake opened in time for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2009. The women have learned the art of making pastry, pies, cakes and soups, as well as other meals. They worked hard over the two days of the Jubilee to provide hot and cold drinks and wonderful Australian pies for the guests. They are now running the cafeteria by themselves. Some have been able to leave Desta Mender and set up their own cafe not far away.