CliC's donated to Kenya
CliC donated nearly 250 pairs of reading and sunglasses to assist patients suffering from presbyopia or low vision who don’t have access to optical or medical facilities.
In May 2017 CliC Eyewear was very proud to have partnered with Dr. Gary Jones and his small team of 5 on a medical mission to Kenya and surrounding regions. CliC donated nearly 250 pairs of reading and sunglasses to assist patients suffering from presbyopia or low vision who don’t have access to optical or medical facilities.
In the last 4 years Dr. Jones has been doing a 2 week medical mission into remote villages, where people have little access to medical treatment. The barriers are poverty, distance, bureaucratic corruption & the lack of cash money. Malaria is usual, as is typhoid, with occasional cholera outbreaks and more. This part of Kenya is literally the backwater of the nation where the medical services are thin on the ground and people are forced to walk for hours for help. The local hospital usually has 2 patients in each bed. Patient’s families must go out & buy medicines for them & if they don’t, they don’t get treatment.
Dr. Jones, his wife, Ruth and their team including a registered nurse & a paramedic saw 1300 people on 5 separate medical clinics. Each clinic is incredibly basic often with dirt floors, bed sheets as room/privacy screens and plastic outdoor chairs for consultations. It doesn’t get more rustic than that!
As part of their original medical mission Dr. Jones trained a local team to become Community Health Workers so they can treat people year ‘round. His team created a small subsidised dispensary to enable additional treatments. In addition, they started a child sponsorship program for the 60 odd kids in their orphanage who were the happy recipients of CliC sunglass donations, amongst other gifts that had been donated.
This is not a big organisation and they are entirely self-funded. The team fund their flights personally and seek support from their local communities each year.
It has been a privilege for the CliC Eyewear, Australasia to be part of their medical mission in 2017 and we look forward to supporting Dr. Gary Jones on subsequent missions.