Chances for Children had a visiting medical team doing clinics for a week this month. They generously offered to fit in 18 GLA kids to be seen by their ophthalmologist and orthodontist. So we narrowed down a list and pick those children we had most concern about.
For our most pressing cases we’d have had to send the child to Petionville for a hot sweaty long day in a waiting room somewhere, and for the others that we had just observed a questionable concern over their eye sight we’d have never been able to afford to send them down just to be tested, let alone fill a prescription for frames and lenses for them.
So to be able to send such a large group all at once (security in numbers, a day trip to the dr’s becomes fun and much less scary), and only have to send them 20 minutes away, still in the cool and familiarity of the mountains was wonderful! And on top of that to have such a well organized clinic welcome and care for them while they were being shuffled between dr’s and waiting rooms for their needed testing was a God send!
The kids came home happy (minus poor Iderby who had a molar pulled right away, and another 2 days later), and full of stories and excitement from their half day away. For the handful that needed corrective lenses, they were elated to go back two days later and be stylishly fitted to see the world a little clearer.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Chances for Children and the Medical Ministry team from Highlands Church, Arizona for the otherwise impossibility of providing visual correction and dental repair for our kids. THANK YOU!