For almost two decades, Proyecto Vision has brought medical professionals from Spain to combat trachoma, a disease that causes up to half all blindness in Ethiopia.
They come from Catalonia, Spain, to serve in the St. Louise eye clinic in Mekelle and built a 5-million birr hospital in Quiha, 10 kilometers north east of Mekelle.
But after 18 years, fund-raising has become a problem, one of the volunteers told VOA.
"The main obstacle is money," said Dr. Alexandra Arango. "If we don't have donations, it is hard for us to keep on the work that we are doing here. We need money to pay for the transportation of patients and other clinic expenses," she added.
The doctors work for free.