Glenorie home restaurant supports Ethiopian fistula program

Dishing up food for thought: Rosie's Restaurant founder Rosemary Langley is a long-time supporter of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, and has always wanted to travel to Ethiopia. Picture: Natalie Roberts

Dishing up food for thought: Rosie's Restaurant founder Rosemary Langley is a long-time supporter of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, and has always wanted to travel to Ethiopia. Picture: Natalie Roberts

A new home restaurant concept in Glenorie is proving how much can be achieved when people break bread together.

Rosie's Restaurant has raised more than $11,000 since April for Australian non-profit group Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, which raises money to support the work of Australian obstetrician Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team in Ethiopia to cure, treat and prevent obstetric fistula or childbirth injuries among Ethiopian women.

"People have really embraced the concept of Rosie's Restaurant and coming to dinner at my place," said Rosemary Langley, who will join 20 supporters of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia on a two-week visit to Ethiopia in November.

At her dinners, guests are treated to a meal, watch the trailer to documentary A Walk to Beautiful about women who suffer from childbirth injuries and then discuss the work of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

Ms Langley said she was motivated to open Rosie's Restaurant after reading Dr Hamlin's book The Hospital by the River about her team of fistula surgeons and Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital which she and her husband Reg opened in 1974.

"No matter where they live, five per cent of all women will experience some kind of problem, such as obstructed labour during childbirth," Ms Langley said.

She said in the West women simply go to hospital and have a caesarean section but a peasant girl in a remote Ethiopian village will squat in her tukul, sometimes for days, trying to force the baby out.

"After a couple of days the baby inevitably dies and the mother is left with horrific internal injuries causing incontinence," she said.

In Ethiopia, Ms Langley will compete in the 10km Great Ethiopian Run, visit ancient Ethiopian tribes, Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, and a coffee plantation.

The hard truth

■ About 300,000 women die every year from pregnancy and childbirth related complications.

■ 9000 women die in obstructed labour each year in Ethiopia. Another 9000 survive but their babies usually don’t, and they are left with massive internal injuries.

■ $11,385 has been raised by Rosie’s Restaurant for Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

Donate to Rosie's Restaurant

Donations can be made at: http://www.hamlinfistulafundraising.com/RosieLangley

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