One by One, the organization which raises money to treat obstetric fistula in developing countries, and which initially began as a project created by Heidi Breeze-Harris when she took part in Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program , is honoring its sixth anniversary with a dinner taking place on March 24th at SoDo Park in Seattle.
Obstetric fistula is a severe childbearing injury caused by unrelieved obstructed labor – in 90% of cases, the child dies and the woman is left permanently incontinent and possibly disabled from the damage done to her. Repair surgery costs only a few hundred dollars, yet many women in the developing world cannot afford it. One by One mobilizes resources for life-changing treatment as well as prevention work, supporting outreach to rural women, strengthening clinics that perform free repair surgeries, and enabling rehabilitation and support services. Thousands of women have had their lives altered out of the work done by One by One.
Founded by Harris and Katya Matanovic, One by One’s sixth anniversary dinner will feature a special guest speaker: Fistula survivor turned activist and One By One partner, Sarah Omega Kidangasi of Kenya.
For more information and to get involved, visit One by One’s website, its blog, which tells about women making a practical difference in the fight against fistula in developing countries, and Landmark Education News’ initial story about One by One.