LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) News 19's Amy DuPont is going on assignment.
Friday morning, Amy, along with WXOW photographer Mark Bronson, are headed to Ethiopia with a team of Gundersen healthcare workers who are providing healthcare at a children's home. There are roughly 17-hundred children living at "Project Mercy". Most lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.
This is the first time a team from Gundersen has worked in Ethiopia. Project Mercy's founder, Marta Gabre Psadick, says this new partnership will have a powerful impact on the children she cares for. "We are very excited to know the la Crosse people. We trust they are going to strongly stand with us and with gundersen. Together we can do a great job."
Gundersen provides free health care here in the US and around the world.. Through it's Global Partner's program. Staff use their vacation time and pay their own way to be part of the program. The team headed to Ethiopia will be there almost 2-weeks. Two surgeons on this team will operate while at Project Mercy. The team will also do physicals, vision exams, and anything else needed.
Our special report "Project Mercy" will air May 3rd.