The Sept 2004 Eye Exam Visit
In September 2004 we visited the orphanage and began sending all 70+ children to a modern eye clinic for two basic eye exams - vision correction and basic eye health. The administrator of the clinic, Yomaira Charris Riaza, was very helpful and she discounted the prices for exams (15,000 pesos) and glasses (40,000 pesos) to make it affordable. There was enough money ($1051) for the exams, eye drugs and shampoo, and glasses. The name and location of the clinic are:
Fundacio Oftamologica del Caribe (Sede Norte)
The results of the exams are as follows:
19 children need glasses
Unfortunately, there is no money for the additional follow-up exams or surgery. That will have to wait until we can find funding.
On another note, construction has begun on the boys' home. It is being significantly enlarged to handle the 17 boys currently at the orphanage.