Gomezgani Banda had a problem when reading without glasses. When I gave him the glasses, he was very happy and thanked GHM for the glasses that we gave him. He told me that he went into the shops to buy the glasses but he failed to buy because it was MK15000. He said that when he heard that GHM is going to distribute glasses, he thought it was just a joke because in his life, no one has ever given him a gift of MK15000. He was happy that he was now able to read.
BY: Story On Glasses
My wife and I, both medical doctors, spent 10 days in Malawi, Africa from end of August to beginning of September, 2015. According to United Nations, Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. We brought more than 300 pairs of reading glasses.
(1) At least 300 people received Lion’s Club glasses
My wife and I spent three full days distributing glasses in the local community hospital in northern rural Malawi . I have attached a photo of the list of the recipients. People walked a few hours to the hospital to get glasses. The people who heard the news but came late were very disappointed after we ran out of glasses. We gave away every pair from the Lion’s Club.
Most people wore the glasses for the first time in their lives. They were so happy with big smiles after they put their glasses on and were able to read the small letters. Many expressed they could read the bibles in the future.
My wife and I have been to six different less developed countries and distributed glasses. The happy faces on Malawian people are simply amazing and unforgettable.
(2) At least 20 local teachers received reading glasses
Local high school teachers are poorly paid, and their salary is about U.S. $120 per month. With the frequent electricity outage, the teachers had trouble reading to mark the test papers and homework in poor lighting condition. They were so happy to receive the glasses.
(3) 5 people were blind in one eye.
About 5 people were blind in one eye. I have attached a photo of an elderly man who was blind in his right eye because of corneal damage. They were able to read with the only good eyes after receiving the Lion’s Club glasses.
Please distribute this email to the donors, volunteers and executives at the Lion’s Club. Your co-ordinated efforts make a huge difference on people’s lives in this world.
BY: Dr Francis Sem – Assistant Professor Department of Family and Community Medicine University of Toronto