By, Tiberah Tsehai: “I was in awe of her. I was so honored to be in her presence,” said Nancy Feldman after meeting Dr. Catherine Hamlin.
Nancy is a school nurse from the town of West Orange, New Jersey, with a big mission: raise enough funds for 25 women in Ethiopia who suffer from obstetric fistula receive surgery and make their lives whole again.
Nancy has long followed the work of Drs. Reginald and Catherine Hamlin so when TsehaiNY invited her to meet Catherine Hamlin there was no hesitation.
“It was a dream come true. You can see the passion and compassion she has for these women that are completely voiceless. They have no presence in any one’s life except as a hindrance and she’s changing that.”
After seeing ‘A Walk to Beautiful’ last spring, Nancy was brought to tears and then moved to action.
“The movie haunted me. I could not believe that something like this could be going on and be so prevalent in the other side of the world.”
After shock, an immediate sense of having to do something soon followed.
Nancy formed a committee and is currently planning a spring gala to benefit Hamlin Fistula USA. The goal is to raise enough funds for 25 women to receive surgery.
It costs the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital $450 for each woman they treat.
While Nancy learned of obstetric fistula as a nurse, one of her biggest challenge is that people in the United States don’t know what an obstetric fistula is.
One by one she is impacting the lives of others in the same way her life was impacted, by showing ‘A Walk to Beautiful’ during workshops.
“I couldn’t just sit back and not be proactive in somehow affecting a woman’s life and make it better.”
For more information about the spring gala or to learn more, contact Nancy Feldman at firstname.lastname@example.org.