Clinic Blog: 2012 India 2 Clinic Blog
May 1, 2012
Our first morning in Kanadestar gave us some blessings and some challenges. The bus ride lasted much less time, and the roads are much smoother than the previous route. We were supplied with bigger rooms and a bit of an easier lay out to work with. Your friends and family will, I’m sure give you details regarding the challenges we faced.
The customers differed slightly from the first village. The women wore ornate nose rings with hallowed circles. Our volunteers were very engaged leaving the core group with less to help with. Driving by the homes of the villages allows us time to think and remember why we are grateful. It puts things into perspective when we think about the convenience in our lives to simply travel within a matter of miles to the nearest optical shop and receive crystal clear lenses for the entire family.
The people we are serving travel for miles and miles, waiting for buses which they may be asked to sit on top of during transport. It is possible they would have to hitch a ride and walk quite a distance before a car will come that is able to fit another passenger.
We owe a special thanks to our sponsors. Without the local team from India what we are doing would not be possible. They work hard in each station and keep the lines moving. Singh has an incredible spirit and a bright smile that never seems to leave his caramel face. Abbi is a film maker with the Water Habitat Retreat, and helps wherever he is needed. Sunil and Gaju were volunteers from a local hospital and helped our patients with dilation drops. Without this process the doctors are unable to view the back of the eye.
It's hard to wrap my brain around the fact that our time in India, as I do not feel like the same person that departed from America.
About the Clinic
2012 India 2 Clinic Blog Clinic
A team of OneSight volunteers and doctors will provide free vision care and eyewear to those in need.