Helena Ptochia Foundation

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The Foundation

The Helena Ptochia Foundation is a non-profit, 501c3 organization dedicated to providing a means for Fistula sufferers to heal and re-enter their communities.  The first goal of the Foundation is to build a hospital in Ghana, where women who are suffering with fistula can be cured, rehabilitated, and given back their lives.  

To date, the Helena Ptochia Foundation has raised and sent just under $68,000 to the fistula hospital in Mankessim, Ghana, founded by Sister Elizabeth M. Burns, RSM.  The fistula hospital will become operational in phases, as funds become available, so time is of the essence!

You might think this is an expensive solution, but it's not! In US dollars, a single fistula repair, including the necessary 10-14 day post-operative care period is $350-$400.

Imagine being able to radically alter a life, restoring hope and dignity for such a small amount of money. 

100% of the funds raised through the Foundation are directed to the effort to build and operate the fistula hospital in Ghana. A contribution to the Helena Ptochia Foundation is 100% tax-deductible.

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History of the Helena Ptochia Foundation.

As a result of an article in the New York Times entitled, Alone and Ashamed, Chandler M. Ralph, a healthcare executive in New York State, was so moved by the story of these young women with fistulas, that she and her stepdaughter, Kristin Meadows created the Helena Ptochia Foundation, to raise funds to build a hospital in Ghana to ease the burden of women with fistula.
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The Helena Ptochia Foundation is a 501c3 Organization. For more about our charitable status contact NYS Attorney General.