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Monthly Archive for October, 2011

Ethiopia: Selflessness

Editors’ Note: Photographer, Joni Kabana, is reporting back to us from Ethiopia while documenting the work of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital. Addiss talks with each woman, giving swift advice and health care diagnosis as she recognizes issues. One by one, the women come in to the makeshift clinic, exposing their vulnerabilities and asking many questions. Every woman […]






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Editors’ Note: Photographer, Joni Kabana, is reporting back to us from Ethiopia while documenting the work of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital. Her name is Addiss and she is 21 years old. She lives in a small village, Wotetabay, just outside of BahirDar, Ethiopia and she has dedicated the next six years of her life to helping rural […]






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Editors’ Note: Photographer, Joni Kabana, is reporting back to us from Ethiopia while documenting the work of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital. Not all fistula patients are teenagers and women.  Some of them are children, such as Aynababa, age four.  Although child marriage is illegal in Ethiopia, many ancient cultural practices support this tradition, which is one situation […]






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Ethiopia: Brave Women

Editors’ Note: Photographer, Joni Kabana, is reporting back to us from Ethiopia while documenting the work of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital and the 2011 graduating class of the Hamlin College of Midwives. They have been called some of the bravest women in the world. When a woman suffers obstructed labor in rural Ethiopia, she often has no place to […]






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Editors’ Note: Photographer, Joni Kabana, is reporting back to us from Ethiopia while documenting the work of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital. Women in the rural countryside of Ethiopia are smart, resourceful and highly creative, yet they rarely get a chance to be educated. Their days are spent fetching water, gathering firewood and tending to the […]






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Editors’ Note: Photographer, Joni Kabana, is reporting back to us from Ethiopia while documenting the work of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital. When Asnaku arrived at the Hamlin Fistula Hospital, she was extremely weak. Women who suffer from fistula cease eating and drinking, so that their body does not produce waste, thus contaminating their villages. The […]






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More than Me  – Recreation Program Manager – Volunteer Are you a creative, out-of-the-box thinker? Do you have the drive and ambition to take a burgeoning program and push it forward? More Than Me is looking for an individual who is excited to make a difference in this world, who is internet savvy, and who […]






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Editors’ Note: Photographer, Joni Kabana, is reporting back to us from Ethiopia while documenting the work of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital. One vital function of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital is to provide a sense of community for the women who have suffered the socially ostracizing condition of fistula. In the home village, a woman with […]






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Editors’ Note: Photographer, Joni Kabana, is reporting back to us from Ethiopia while documenting the work of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital. It is an honor to introduce Asnaku, who comes from the Merabita kebele (village) in Ethiopia. Ask her how old she is, and she will say she does not know. I wish we all […]






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Editors’ Note: Photographer, Joni Kabana, is reporting back to us from Ethiopia while documenting the work of the Hamlin Fistula Hospital. We have all suffered to varying degrees. A lost relationship, death of a loved one, a missed chance. This summer has been especially difficult for several of my friends and also within our family […]






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