CANADIAN VISION CARE – GUYANA TEAM
For over 20 years, the Canadian Vision Care – Guyana Team has been travelling to Guyana to provide free eye care to areas where these services do not exist and to the people who are not able to afford this care. We work in partnership with Guyana's Ministry of Health and local service clubs, who assist with the planning and logistics for the projects.
Our team provides a complete eye examination, including free prescription eyeglasses if required. Our nurse conducts a diabetic and hypertension clinic with counseling for disease management. Our ophthalmologists have performed cataract surgery with IOL implants and pterygium surgery. As well, vision screening at local schools is often conducted to identify children with eye-related problems.
Our team is made up of volunteer ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, nurses and assistants, who not only give their time and skills but cover all related costs for their travel, meals and accommodation. However, other expenses such as purchasing supplies, equipment, medications, eyeglasses, etc. must be financed through fundraising activities such as this gala. Your support is greatly appreciated. In advance, we thank you for your help as we bring this Gift of Sight to the people of Guyana.
Our Most Recent Project:
Feb. 9 to Feb. 20, 2013 (Corriverton, Berbice & Orealla Village)
Patients Seen: 1,580
Eyeglasses Distributed: 1,185
Patients Referred to Ministry Of Health for Eye Surgery/Treatment: 25
Helping to Feed and Educate
The Toronto Foundation: "Helping to Feed and Educate Underprivileged Students in Guyana" started in November 2002. This project involves feeding students in schools in the general Guyana Diaspora where it has been identified that the nutritional needs of the students are not being effectively met. Through participation in this initiative, students are enabled to reap full benefits of the educational information being passed on to them.
The Toronto Committee has successfully held NINE (9) fundraising banquets from which they were able to garner a total of $117,081.00, (inclusive of 2012 Dinner/Dance that raised $15,100.00). This amount has been utilized, with the assistance and administration of the Guyana Committee to feed students at the following TEN (10) schools.
The Toronto Committee is effectively and efficiently monitoring the situation in Guyana and even participates in the feeding of the students at the schools. In essence, this program is working and needs your continued support.
We urge you to support our Fundraising Event