Clinic Blog: 2012 Fishkill Clinic Blog
July 6, 2012
Fishkill Clinic Day 2
As we saw kids throughout the day the mission was all the same. Our goal, outside of vision care, was to simply make them smile, make them laugh, and have an enjoyable day. What I realized as people came together all day long, from all over the world, we all quickly became a team. It was so interesting to see the reaction of new people entering the circle as they asked us how did we know each other. Reality is we didn’t know each other at all. This was a living example of the reality and truth of life, no matter who you are, where you come from, and what you brought in your suit case, we are all more alike than we are different.
The children were all so full of life and completely engaged in the entire process. They did not hesitate to ask questions and fully understand what it was we were doing. Throughout the whole day we all rotated through different stations and got a look at the entire process of testing, screening, fitting, selecting glasses, and the creation of the actual glasses too.
Kids definitely have no concept of the use of a filter and would make us all laugh as they would say exactly what they were thinking at any given point. So much in-fact, that we decided to make a column of sorts to share our favorite outbursts of the day. Each pair of glasses given meant more than just a step towards our goal. Each pair of glasses symbolized progress, change, and a hope for a better future. We take so much for granted as adults in this world that we forget to realize just how amazing life actually is. If you have even worn a pair of corrective lenses you know just how important they are. I could not, for one, imagine not having my glasses for 5 minutes. Some of these kids said they broke their glasses 2 years prior to seeing us.
We did also want to take a moment to thank everyone at the camp for being so gracious and open to helping us all day long. Hidden Valley Camp was full of life and even took the time to create an experience that worked for all of us. They catered to the fact that some of the participants in our group are vegetarians and they made it smooth for every member of the team. A BIG THANKS to everyone involved.
On day 1 we saw 117 kids to be fully checked for vision care needs at Camp Tommy. Today on day 2 we saw 139 kids at camp Hidden Valley.
We ended the day with a team building experience. As scared as some of us were to enter the woods and be attacked by insects and wild bears (not literally), it turned out to be the highlight of many of our day. We did a variety of events including swinging from a rope that was hanging off of a tree, pretended to be animals and we were unable to speak in order to accomplish a goal, and finally had to rely on each other to accomplish tasks. We learned many lessons through this including being observant and helpful in every situation. We also found ways to help each other through non-verbal communication. The experience was comical and enjoyable for us all and a perfect ending to the evening. The lesson that resonated with us all is that “we limit our abilities based on our belief system.”
We are giving these children tools to a better future while connecting with them and changing their life forever. We are connecting with each other and making bonds that will last for years to come. Our One-Sight clinic has just begun but we all have begun to understand just how life changing this experience can be, for them, for us, and for us all collectively. Stay tuned…….
~Team Fiskill !