Recent Successes on 4 Continents
Our CharityVision team has been busy traveling to many places to be a part of some very important projects. From Pakistan to the Philippines, Peru to Provo, and from Haiti to Tanzania, we have been busy fighting blindness in a variety of ways. The following accounts are from our CharityVision team and their first-hand experiences of the life-changing work that is happening around the world.
In November, we added another successful CharityVision expedition to the books. The proceeds of the Cusco expedition went to the optometry school that we partner with, IESTPOO. We were able to buy them equipment so that they can practice what they are learning, by doing hands-on work on outreaches in towns nearby. We were able to help them with 2 outreaches while we were in Cusco. In the first outreach we were able to screen more than 250 children. In the 2nd community outreach, we were able to see over 160 adults. Many of the children and adults that we screened are in need of either glasses, treatment, or surgery.
We had lots of fun and made great relationships while in Cusco. We were with the Roney Family, the Goodman family, and Charlotte Larcabal–daughter of John Larcabal (a long-term optometrist and partner). We also found a partnering ophthalmologist and an ophthalmology clinic in Cusco who will support us in social surgeries.
– Megan Manning, Clinics Coordinator
Clinics in Tanzania & Pakistan
CharityVision’s goal is to have an eye surgery clinic in both Tanzania and Pakistan by 2018. So in September, I traveled to both countries to see what progress was being made and to help coordinate CharityVision’s efforts with our local employees and partners.
First, I flew to Dodoma, Tanzania, to meet with our East Africa Director and other ophthalmologists that will work in the Tanzania clinic. We discussed a variety of things concerning the management of the clinic and what still needs to be done to get it established. We also walked through our rental property where our clinic will be and made plans for renovations. The rest of my time in Tanzania was spent meeting and coordinating with our partners in the Dar es Salaam and the Dodoma area.
From Tanzania I flew to Islamabad, Pakistan and met up with our founder, Dr Jackson and his wife Ellen Jackson. Soon Malik Salahuddin, our Pakistan country director, and Junaid Swati, and our main partner in Pakistan joined us and we traveled together to Baffa, about 3 hours from Islamabad, to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for our eye surgery clinic. The clinic is on the famous Silk Road and will help make eye care more accessible for millions of people in the surrounding area. The clinic looked great inside and out, and Malik, and especially Junaid, deserve all the thanks they can get for what they have been able to do. During the rest of my time in Pakistan I continued to meet with Junaid and Malik about how we would manage the clinic and about how we might increase our charity efforts in Pakistan.
– Josh Jackson, Clinics Director
SightBuddies- Provo, UT:
During SightBuddies, we were able to see 250 children who were referred from the Alpine and Provo City School Districts for glasses. Utah Valley Eye Center closed its doors for an entire day and volunteered all of their staff as we bused these children in from the surrounding districts to be seen by an optometrist. All 250 got the glasses they need, most of them right on the spot. A special thanks to Utah Valley Eye Center for providing their staff and facilities to make this program a huge success. SightBuddies is a great example of the wonderful things that can happen when we work together with public and private organizations.
– Haleigh, Programs Director
CharityVision was recently in Haiti looking over the opening of yet ANOTHER clinic! This country needs our help, and we have some wonderful and willing doctors. While there, we participated in two screenings- one of which was at an all-boys orphanage with kids ages 5 to 18. We saw 320 of them. These boys were all taken off the streets and put into a safe environment where they are provided at least one meal a day and some schooling. Many were struggling with their vision, and a few couldn’t read the chalkboard at all. We were able to provide glasses and give them hope for a better future.
– Doug, CEO