"I chose to volunteer in Gondar after my IDF service because Ethiopia has strongly influenced Israeli culture. Having trained and volunteered with Magen David Adom (MDA) in high school, I chose to work in the Mother Theresa Clinic.
The clinic provides health care for people who have no money at all. The poorest of the poor. It is filled with the saddest stories you can think of.
The work was very demanding. I still recall how difficult it was for me the first time I saw a patient in the final stages of TB, the first time I saw children with disabling injuries who were abandoned there by poverty stricken parents who could not care for them.
Our volunteers cared. We built areas in the clinic for the children to play soccer and basketball. With physiotherapy exercises, I helped straighten the curved spines of TB patients and watched them walk again.
I am so glad had the opportunity to have volunteered with such talented people from Israel and Jewish communities around the world."
Shai Mark from Haifa, Israel / Project TEN - Gondar, Ethiopia