I have been living in Nepal studying at Rangjung Yeshe Institute for three and a half years. The last two years, I gave a donation to Shenpen towards eye camps for the elderly in my name, my two niece’s names’, and my godchild’s name. For me, it feels like the possibility of giving the gift of sight and I wanted to share that with them for their Christmas gift.
This year, I gave a donation in the name of all my family members, nieces and godchild, and we were able to sponsor an entire eye camp that was just held on December 20, 2014. I was very kindly invited to come and, as I was in Kathmandu, I was very grateful to be able to go. It was a really lovely, heartwarming experience.
There were so many young boys and girls from the school and from the scouts volunteering on their day off. They were so welcoming, so enthusiastic, and so attentive to the people coming for the eye checkups. There was always a young person ushering the next person along in line, to registration, to preliminary checks outside, and into the rooms for the eye checks and out again. It was so well managed. The lines moved along seamlessly. I was really grateful to be able to be there and to see how eye camp works.
And, as I was standing in the room for the people who were identified to get cataract surgery, I was also grateful the room was dark so that no one could see me crying. Before that moment they were just words for me, ‘giving the gift of sight’, but standing in that room it became very real for me and it was a bit overwhelming.
I am very grateful that there are people in the world doing such good work and by doing so, they made it so easy for me to give a little bit of money that then had the capacity, through all their combined efforts, to do so much good. On the day, 510 people had eye checks and 45 people will be having the eye surgery starting in the next few days.
Thank YOU so much Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen, Nepal Scouts, Manakamana Higher Secondary school, and the expert team of ophthalmologist from Tilganga Eye Hospital.
By a recent donor to an eye camp
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