Canadian Church Provides Eye Care for Villagers in India

Published 21 September 2017  |
John Wallace, right, a member of the First Baptist Church in Simcoe and of the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, watches as opthalmologist examines a patient in Udhampur, Northern India. In centre is an official of the Udhampur Rotary Club.

Contributions of a church in Canada have helped to provide education in sanitation, eye health and proper nutrition in the remote mountain villages in northern India.

The First Baptist Church has helped the effort of Operation Eyesight for more than thirty years, according to Simcoe Reformer. For the last two decades, the church has collaborated with the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise and Rotary International to multiple their financial support.

The partnership has helped the eye care project to reach countries such as Kenya, Zambia, and India.

In a recent camp in north India, the villagers from remote mountain side were educated on eye health and proper nutrition. The eye care trainees also identify individuals with eye health problems and take them to Rotary Eye Hospital in Udhampur for free treatment.

The partnership of the church and Rotarians has had huge impact on the people in these northern villages.

John Wallace, a member of both the First Baptist Church and the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, led the group to visit the eye hospitals in India.

"This program has been piloted in other parts of India and has shown amazing results of 80 per cent reduction in avoidable blindness," said Wallace.

Over the years, the First Baptist Church has collected funds through fundraising dinner and programs.

On Sept. 30, the church is said to hold a fundraising dinner to contribute to their ministry of eye care in partnership with Rotary and Operation Eyesight.


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