news - august 2014
Much happened in August and we start by reporting on people who are connected with the Eye Centre rather than focussing on patients and their care.
oscar marries jerusha
Firstly, Oscar the maintenance man, who is a long term and key member of the Eye Centre team married Jerusha, whom he had met while she was working in a Mombasa hotel. The service was held in the Mombasa Lutheran church and attended by the bride and groom’s parents. Those present included around 500 guests, who then went on to enjoy the reception. We are grateful to Vera our administrator, another long term member of staff, for the photographs. Photograph 1 shows the parents giving the bride and groom to each other.
Photograph 2 shows Oscar addressing his guests, flanked by his best man and new bride Jerusha.
Photograph 3 shows three of the guests from the Eye Centre you may have read about. They are from left to right - Francis Mwangemi, procurement and logistics man; Caroline, ophthalmic nurse and Evans, the dispensing optician; all dressed up for the event.
lucy bromphrey continues her work
Meanwhile Lucy Bomphrey from the UK, whom we mentioned in last month’s report, had been busy making sure that the reading glasses she had collected for us with the help of friends, were making their way to the Eye Centre. Thanks to Lucy, a former pupil of Robert May’s School in Hampshire, we received 123 pairs of pre-owned reading glasses, 80 of which came with cases, more then double the number of glasses we expected which was really useful. The glasses had been distributed amongst her fellow adventurers travelling on a Gap Year community assistance project with Camps International Ltd to East Africa. Thanks also to Simon Englefield the MD of the company and his staff who helped speed the consignment on its way, the items eventually reached us after a journey overland from Tanzania. Dr Helen was delighted to receive the spectacles and said they would be of great benefit to many patients.
news from the taita clinic
We thought it time to bring you the latest news from our outlying clinic at Mwatate in the Taita Hills, almost 200 Kms from the Eye Centre's base at the coast.
Photograph 5 shows Sabina (centre), who had bilateral cataracts, receiving treatment at the Taita clinic. Her daughter, who escorted Sabina to the clinic, told us her mother had been blind for two years. She was delighted to see her Mum regain her independence.
Photograph 6 shows Sabina after the operation happy to be able to see again. After two years of darkness, she said it was a miracle to her.
Dr Helen sometimes carries out operations at the Taita clinic. Photograph 7 shows her at work. Note the difference in the surroundings compared with the modern and smart operating theatre back at base.
Photograph 8 shows patients and staff at the Taita clinic, which is located next to the Taita Honey Farmers Cooperative.