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Clinic at a Time Inc., is a not-for-profit, charitable, 501(c)(3) organization, founded in March 2007 in Madison, Wisconsin by Mulusew Yayehyirad, executive director, with her husband and co-founder, Muluken Tilahun.


The goal of the organization is to improve the quality of health care for the poor and the underprivileged communities in the Province of Gojjam, located in northwestern Ethiopia. We plan to do this by collecting and providing medical supplies; helping to improve existing public health care facilities; helping to build new facilities; and providing health care-related information and education to health care workers and the community.


A variety of other organizations have similar missions. What is unique about CAAT?


Our founder Mulusew (“Mulu”), an intensive care Nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, grew up in the town of Bichena, Gojjam and still has many family members and friends there.


Working from her home – with no paid staff and virtually no “overhead” costs – Mulu is able to commit 100 percent of the donations collected for CAAT toward improving health conditions in Gojjam. Everyone working with CAAT is doing so on a volunteer basis. And because of her lifelong ties to the community, Mulu can work directly with regional government authorities, civic organizations and community volunteers there.


A committee of trusted and well-respected elders and experienced professionals in the area has been organized in Bichena to oversee the project’s execution closely. Projects for funding will be selected based on cost, level of impact to the area’s residents as related to CAAT’s mission, and time needed to complete the project.


Moreover, Mulu will make periodic visits to the area to personally oversee the progress being made. Updates on construction and other improvements will be posted on this website, and at the completion of each project, its impact on the actual users of the services will be measured and documented.


CAAT is truly a unique organization. Because of Mulu’s personal connections to people in the region – and because of CAAT’s lack of “bureaucratic red tape” and expenses for office space and employees that that larger organizations must cover – donations to CAAT will have an immediate and direct impact on the health care needs of the region. 





Read about the current conditions in the area, and CAAT’s mission to help


Learn about the village of Bichena, the Province of Gojjam, and the country of Ethiopia


Find out about CAAT founder and executive director, Mulusew Yayehyirad


Get to know our board of directors


See CAAT’s progress through project updates


View our photo gallery


Read about CAAT in the news


Contact us


Download a PDF of the CAAT brochure