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After passing through Dubai, we landed safely in Addis Ababa. We met up with Tim Strong, our Man in Addis, and Deme Tekle-Wold from Project Mercy. In the capital, we met -and in some cases got re-acquainted with- our nurse translators at a Christian boadgin house. Monday morning, we hopped on a bus for the three-hour bumpy bus ride south to Yetebon, and on to Project Mercy--our headquarters for the next eight days.

At Project Mercy, we were greeted again by Deme and his wife Marta. They were ready for us with a fantastic hot meal and two huge UNICEF tents where we were able to set up shop. We put together three examination rooms for the docs, as well as a full triage station, pharmacy, and makeshift lab for testing HIV, hemoglobin, and others.

We put them to full use for the first time today, with seventy-four of the orphan “house kids” seeing doctors one-on-one. In addition, we sent two surgeons to the PM hospital: what may be Ethiopia's only ENT and an OB/GYN, effectively raising the number of those in Ethiopia by a full percentage point.

PictureWe have plans to streamline and improve our process, and hope to start seeing upwards of 150 kids per day. There is a lofty goal of seeing all of PM's 1500 students in the next week.