Grantees: Dr. Michelle Yates and Dr. Kavi Simpson

Grant Amount: $30,000

Purpose of Grant: Provide Living Expenses for long term volunteer work in Soddo, Ethiopia

Brief Description: Drs. Yate and Simpson, both 2011 graduates of the Ventura Family Medicine Residency,  have been accepted as volunteer doctors at Soddo Christian Hospital in Soddo, Ethiopia, where they have committed to a minimum of 3 years service. They intend to build a Family Practice Residency at the hospital, training local doctors. Doctors Yates and Simpson will move to Ethiopia along with their spouses and children. VGHP is the first substantial donor of living expenses, and will provide anchor of funding from which to launch other fundraising efforts.