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Tuesday September 21st 2021

Meeting Catherine Hamlin: Nancy’s Story

Nancy Feldman has long followed Dr. Catherine Hamlin’s work and is organizing a spring gala to benefit Hamlin Fistula USA. Photo | TsehaiNY

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

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4 Responses to “Meeting Catherine Hamlin: Nancy’s Story”

  1. Tezeta Girma says:


    An Evening of Ethiopian Food,
    Music and Culture…

    $100 pp
    Monday, April 4, 2011
    7 pm – 10 pm
    Mesob Restaurant
    515 Bloomfield Ave.
    Montclair, New Jersey

  2. Carolyn Ruderman says:

    Thank you for bringing this cause and this incredibly gifted and dedicated physician to light. There truly are angels on Earth. I look forward to supporting this work for years to come. It would be wonderful to request to add this article to the West Orange District website to share the true meaning of compassion and dedication to humanity. Also, to share the caring, compassion, and committment of Nancy Feldman, the best kept secret in West Orange.

  3. The Fistula Fundraiser that is scheduled for Monday April 7, 2011 at Messob restaurant in Montclair, NJ should be supported and attended by all of us. this is an event that should have been organized and schuduled by Ethiopians. However, Nancy Feldman a school Nurse at West Orange High School is doing it. The least we can do is show our support and apreciation.

  4. Nancy Feldman, RN says:

    The Spring Gala Event to help Ethiopian women suffering from obstetric fistulas is on April 4, 2011. Please come to support this worthy cause – the women we are helping have NO VOICE!!!! NO HEALTH INSURANCE!!!!! WE ARE THEIR VOICE…… WE ARE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE!!! help us help them….. just $450.00 provides pre and post surgery, mothering and literacy training, a new dress and a bus ticket back home- to their family with dignity!!!! please support this event! $100.00 per person at Mesob Restaurant, Montclair, NJ 07042. contact me at:

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