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In 2005, Liya and her husband visited the hospital. The experience was so moving, it sparked her to launch a crusade to help young women suffering from fistulas in her homeland.

"What's happening in the world is that half a million women during pregnancy and childbirth die every year," Liya says. "I'm getting a chance to give back to put this on the map."

Liya teamed up with three high-profile New York teenagers to host a fundraiser to earn money in support of the hospital. Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour helped coordinate fashions donated by Prada, Calvin Klein, Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang. The group raised $100,000.
FROM: Oprah Goes to Ethiopia
Published on December 01, 2005
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