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Badgers' Ammerman makes trip of a lifetime

Published On: Jul 23 2013 05:40:37 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 23 2013 07:04:10 PM CDT

MADISON -

Badger women's hockey player Brittany Ammerman has made plenty of road trips for her sport, but the one she made last May, she says, changed her life.

Ammerman joined 12 other UW students on a trip to Kenya as part of a group called "Health By Motorbike."

Their mission is to educate Kenyans on women's health.

The program was created by professor Araceli Alonso, a registered nurse and professor of women's studies at the University of Wisconsin. Araceli visited Kenya a few years ago and many women there expressed their interest and need to learn more about maternal health, childbirth and women's health in general.

Ammerman was in Kenya for a month working on the education process.

"We saw 13-year olds that were pregnant. We saw 47-year olds that were pregnant with their ninth child," said Ammerman. "It's very hard to describe what we saw in the slums, but it was almost traumatizing and life changing."

Ammerman touched the lives of many Kenyans, young and old. "You're interacting with these kids and they're having a blast when there's feces on their feet and they don't have a place to sleep. Playing soccer with a kid for ten minutes was the best ten minutes of their day - and you've changed their lives and they can remember that and find joy in that."

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