Dear HOPE Supporters,
HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh is excited to announce that we are the recipients of two new grants dedicated to our Obstetric Fistula Program! A grant from Dining for Women affords us to create a specialized Obstetric Fistula team to support the work of our Fistula surgeon Dr. Nrinmoy Biswas. This team includes a physician, two nurses and an outreach coordinator. This team will allow us to conduct more surgeries, provide advanced care and reach out to hundreds of more women suffering from this debilitating condition. We could not be more excited to see the increased level of patient care and the immense awareness raising and outreach that will take place with this fantastic new grant.
The second grant has been awarded to us by the Henry E. Niles Foundation. This grant will fund a project called “From Sufferer to Survivor”. We will recruit fistula patients to be trained as seamstresses and be employed in our workshop amongst other fistula patients so that they may produce their own products and start their own independent businesses. For years these women have been unable to work and relied on the financial support of family members. We want to encourage them, re-build their confidence and assist them in becoming independent again. In choosing only fistula patients we are building a community in which they can support each other, making it easier for them to reintegrate into society upon working on their social skills. Don’t forget, these women were hidden away in the homes for years prior to their surgeries and need some time to assimilate once more.
HOPE Foundation will be able to conduct so many more surgeries and reach so many more women in need. We could not be happier and we thank Dining for Women, the Henry E. Niles Foundation and supporters like YOU who have gone above and beyond to help fistula victims in need. Our most sincerest thanks for all of your support.
Please stay tuned to see all of the new faces of women who will be served by this critical program.
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