Acupuncture Denver is proud to support many worthy charitable organizations and devotes a significant portion of its profits to philanthropy every year. Part of our philosophy of practicing gratitude includes sharing our abundance with others, especially women and children in need. Read more below to learn where the money goes. We are very excited to partner with and donate to some amazing organizations that do great work worldwide!
In 2012, Acupuncture Denver partnered with Boston based WEEMA International to bring vital maternal healthcare services to women in rural Ethiopia. By committing to sponsoring a student's 4-year program at the Hamlin Midwife College, located outside of Addis Ababa, Acupuncture Denver will be helping to place well-trained midwives in the Tembaro region of southern Ethiopia, an area that currently lacks any kind of maternal healthcare services.
WEEMA International's goal is to break the cycle of poverty by empowering women through the development of clean water schemes in areas of extreme need. When the burden of water collection and water borne illness is lifted, girls can remain in school and women can invest more time on family life, agriculture and owning small businesses. WEEMA International has also committed to providing scholarships to four women from the Mudula/Tembaro area to attend the Hamlin Midwife College, with the future goal of returning to practice in their home region. Acupuncture Denver has committed to sponsoring one of the students for her entire four-year education. The four-year program provides top-notch training with over 50% of a student's time devoted to direct clinical experience. The result is well-trained and skilled midwife professionals. Jane traveled to Ethiopia in November 2012 to meet the midwifery students, tour WEEMA International projects, and deliver medical supplies to some new clinics in the Tembaro region.
Hamlin Fistula Hospital provides care for women with childbirth injuries and has done so since 1974. Located in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, it is the only hospital of its kind in the world dedicated exclusively to women with obstetric fistula – a condition common in the developing world where the maternal health provisions are poor. It has treated over 30,000 women, completely free of charge, with a success/cure rate of over 90%. In 2007, the hospital opened the Hamlin College of Midwives and began training students who are committed to returning to their rural communities to provide services to women. Acupuncture Denver is thrilled to be able to provide a four-year scholarship to a woman from the Mudula/Tembaro region of Ethiopia. Acupuncture Denver sponsored Selam, who finished her degree at the Hamlin College of Midwives in Ethiopia in 2016 and now serves her community.