Traditionally, Ethiopian girls get married and start bearing children very early, before their bodies have developed enough to sustain the burden of a baby. This makes the risk of stillbirth and birth-related injuries skyrocket. The condition, Obstetric Fistula, is the direct result of a prolonged, obstructed labor where, in most cases, the child’s life is ultimately lost and the mother sustains significant internal damage.
Through the work of our partnering staff in Ethiopia, women suffering from birth-related injuries are identified, given access to reconstructive surgery, empowered to provide for themselves through vocational training . . . and most importantly, taught the love of Jesus Christ.