I just returned from 2 weeks volunteering with my company charity OneSight in Ghana. In 11 days we were able to give the gift of sight with free simple eye care to just over 9000 people. The experience; utterly mind blowing and life changing.
You see it on t.v, you read about it in papers about 3rd world societies but nothing compares to seeing it first hand. It is a shame indeed, but through positive and proactive actions - we, the lucky ones who are fortunate to live where we live - to have access to health care, clean water, clean streets, health awareness - are the ones who make the difference in a persons life.
Majority of patients I saw cannot afford or get to eye care. When asking patients what they liked to do, a lot of them said they liked to read but their lack of vision up close meant they couldn’t. I don’t follow a religion myself but majority of Ghanians are very dedicated muslims or catholics. When you ask what do they like to read; they say Koran or Bible and it breaks your heart - something so valuable, so important - they can’t do. We are all equal. Vision is not a luxury - it is a human right!
It is an amazing thing to see what possibilities lie within a group of people to help change a life for the better.
We are still collecting donations for this clinic. You can donate directly to OneSight via my very own DonorDrive page. Simply click here
"Be the change you wish you see in the world" - Ghandi