Not long ago we were blessed by a visit from the a team of individuals coming from the Roswell and Alpharetta Rotary Clubs of Georgia and 410 Bridge. The group had plans to work with several tent communities elsewhere in Haiti but after being put in contact with GLA by Tara Thorn they graciously offered to spend a day out of their busy schedule with us. The team of 14 arrived mid morning and immediately started setting up. They brought with them an ophthalmologist and two suitcases full of glasses. Setting them up on the tables in Elange’s schoolroom, they started one by one providing vision screening for each of the nannies, teachers, and kitchen staff. For those who needed corrective lenses the team had the prescriptions and frames labeled and they were able to try them on and see how they fit before choosing. 35% of the staff needed corrective lenses at least for reading some for everyday use. Some of them suspected this, others were just amazed at how clear the words on the page became with the help of a simple pair of reading glasses. While part of the team moved on to start testing the kids, the other half was energetically engaging the kids with yard activities of soccer, basketball, bubbles, dance, jump rope, and cuddles. They played music, danced, and made the day a truly joyous one! Of the 45 kids that were tested at Toddler House only 7 needed glasses and only 1 was of concern to them. In a country where pre-natal nutrition is unheard of and most child suffer malnutrition and vitamin deficiency in their early developing years we were so thankful that there were not more kids with problems! Some of the kids felt a little shy at first to sport their new frames, but with a little encouragement they began to realize just how incredibly cute the rest of us thought their new look was! Those whose vision tested in the clear were not left out by any means because the team had a whole table of super cool sunglasses for them to chose a pair from. Marie Laure just could not decide and spent 20 minutes combing through the shades before deciding on a pair only after we asked Judith (whose opinion was sure to be listened to) to come and tell her which ones looked good on her. The team visited the main house, screening all of its staff as well, testing close to 100 children and adults that day. We are SO GRATEFUL to the Roswell & Alpharetta Rotary Clubs and 410 Bridge for providing such a huge a needed service to our staff and kids! THANK YOU!!!
Posted on Wed, February 15, 2012