Here's the first 2014 Giraffe Hero for you - this time a nonagenarian Australian working in Ethiopia. There aren't a lot of those. I'm betting you'll like what she's doing. I'm also betting you'll like Giraffe Heroes Facebook. There's a lot of action there, so do join in, and Share the posts with friends and family because...

As long as there are Giraffes, there's hope.

~Ann Medlock, Founder~Giraffe Heroes Project
A new Giraffe Hero 
This is Catherine Hamlin MD, who left her home in Australia in 1959 to provide gynecological care to poor women in Ethiopia. At 90, she's still doing that, focusing on one of the most distressing medical/social issues imaginable: obstetric fistulas.

This is an injury that women can suffer if they have no medical assistance at a difficult childbirth. If you don't know about it, that's because it probably doesn't happen where you live. But it happens a lot in Ethiopia, leaving women incontinent and leading to their ostracism from their families and villages.

Hamlin runs the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, where surgeons repair the injuries, midwives are trained in preventing them, and patients are given job training.

Addis Ababa is a place where there's been considerable violence in the half century Hamlin's been working there. Through every incident, she's been at the hospital, staying with her patients and their caregivers, despite the dangers.

Thanks to Catherine Hamlin's dedication, over 35,000 women have gotten their lives back. So far.

Read her full story  in our free online database of real heroes.
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Watch this talk that recently went online, about six other inspiring Giraffe Heroes.

Here's to a life lived with meaning-
your life.

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