Comfort Pack Appeal

Will you make a woman feel clean, welcomed and loved?

A smiling patient with a blanket from a Comfort pack

For a woman arriving at a Hamlin Fistula Hospital who has been suffering alone with devastating childbirth injuries, often for years, a Comfort Pack is the start of her journey to return to health, to connection and community, and to the life she deserves.

Will you donate a comfort pack to wrap a woman in comfort and healing?

Every woman arriving at our hospitals receives a comfort pack, which contains utter luxuries for the many women who arrive without shoes, wearing the only stained clothes they own.

A comfort pack is a vital start of a woman’s journey to healing, that will continue with surgery to repair her physical injury and education to rebuild her shattered self-worth.

Lovingly made

Each Comfort Pack contains a Hamlin blanket that has been lovingly made by our amazing team of volunteer knitters based across the UK. When a woman like Bekelu, pictured above, throws the blanket over her shoulders, it symbolises the embrace of people who finally see her and care for her.

The pack also includes hygiene items, so a woman can keep herself clean, sometimes for the first time in weeks. Many women arriving at our hospitals live in areas where water is in such short supply they can’t wash often.

By funding a Comfort Pack, you’ll provide a woman with a clean new nightgown and slippers for her stay, and a lovely homecoming dress, so a woman can return to her community looking and feeling like the new person she’s become.

Thanks to people like you, women like Bekelu know how it feels to be wrapped in loving care. You help them heal and return home with confidence and pride.

Bekelu* was shunned for years…then someone like you wrapped her in care with this blanket.

“I faced this devastating problem [fistula] and started living with stress and poverty. I never knew there was a cure.”

Bekelu

Bekelu’s painful, obstructed labour went on for two days. With no medical support available during her labour, she finally gave birth to a stillborn baby and was left with an obstetric fistula and leaking urine.

As if that weren’t enough, a few years after her injury, a conflict broke out around Bekelu’s village and she was displaced from her home. Like most women in her village, Bekelu had never seen a doctor. She thought her injury and incontinence must be punishment for wrongdoing.

After six years of suffering, Bekelu had given up all hope of a better life. 

Finally, one of her friends at the church compound told Bekelu about Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital.

When women like Bekelu step into one of the six Hamlin fistula hospitals across the country, you can be there to help them heal.

You’ll wrap them up in the love they have been shut out from

When Bekelu arrived, she was welcomed with love and care. Here, people did not turn away or look at her with distaste. They spoke with her, touched her gently, and gave her a comfort pack with a soft hand-made blanket that was hers to keep. It felt warm and comforting around her. There were other items too, things to help her stay clean.

It was in this community that Bekelu first began to heal.

Bekelu smiling

“The moment I arrived I felt a big relief of my pain. The beautiful compound, the motherly welcome and everything was so amazing. We took shower, provided with new pajamas, slippers and a Hamlin blanket which made us feel renewed.” 

Bekelu

You’ll support them through their life-changing surgery

An operation repaired her injury and while Bekelu recovered, she wore the clean night shirt that was in her welcome comfort pack. Bekelu learned about hygiene and how to care for herself. She learned how to write her name and use numbers.

As her self-worth grew, she started to plan for a new life.

You’ll help them return home with confidence and pride

When Bekelu left Hamlin’s Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, she wore her homecoming dress from the Comfort Pack. She felt healed, empowered and ready to rebuild her life.

Thanks to supporters like you, they know how it feels to be wrapped in loving care.

“After I came here I became hopeful. We miss nothing. Everything is full. We are receiving the utmost care. The doctors are committed for our cure. I plan to spread information about this hospital so more women like me would come for cure.”

Bekelu
A smiling patient with a blanket from a Comfort pack

The funds raised from our Comfort Pack appeal will be used to support our services to find, treat and care for women with childbirth injuries in Ethiopia.