Mother and Baby outside Mabinti Centre


Nicole Lawder MLA, Member for Brindabella, ACT Legislative Assembly

Scot MacDonald MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast, Parliament of NSW

Chris Picton MP, Member for Kaurna, Parliament of SA


 Invite you to

Enjoy breakfast and help raise awareness & funds for Obstetric Fistula

Mabinti Centre, Tanzania

In May 2014, Nicole, Scot and Chris visited the Mabinti Centre in Tanzania, whilst on a Commonwealth Parliamentary Association delegation, to see firsthand the extraordinary project at the CCBRT Hospital, Dar es Salaam. 

Young women who were once outcasts in their own communities throughout Tanzania, are recovering from fistula surgery and alongside their rehabilitation program, are being trained in screenprinting, sewing, beading and crochet.

Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by prolonged labour without prompt medical intervention. The woman is left with chronic incontinence and in most cases a stillborn baby. 

These young women are transformed into healthy, happy. thriving and confident members of their communities through this sustainable endeavour.

The course runs for a year, and trainees develop the knowledge and skills needed to establish an income and become financially independent. At the end of their course each graduate is supplied with a starter kit containing a sewing machine, scissors, a supply of fabric and a calculator. Graduating, the Mabinti women are ready and equipped to start their own business.

Nicole, Scot and Chris together would like to raise awareness of this issue in a bi-partisan event and to assist CCBRT with this very important life-changing project for women in need worldwide.

All proceeds go to the Mabinti Centre in Tanzania. To attend please go to 

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