24 Jul 2014

Glasses around the world.

In the summer of 2011 I was very lucky to get the chance to travel to Rwanda with my classmates. The first thing we were told was that we would take two 30 kg bags each on the flight and that most of it would be filled up with gifts and essentials for the school we support over there. I immediately though back to Dr. Stoma's huge collection of glasses and managed to take about two hundred pairs with me. I didn't think the school would want them so on our second day in the little town of Gisenyi on the shores of lake Kivu I set out with a classmate to find the nearest hospital. With our poor French we managed to find it and as soon as they knew what we had with us they took us straight to the hospitals manager. It was an incredible experience as they were overwhelmed with the amount of glasses. It was also very lucky we had stumbled upon one of the only hospitals in the area who had a unit specialized in ophthalmology and were able to find out the prescription of the 200 pairs. They were so kind and gave us a tour of the hospital as a thanks, which we were overjoyed by being two aspiring medical students. Being able to make aid from our little island of Mallorca reach so far and wide makes you realize how special an organization Mediterranea is. I will always cherish this eye-opening and heartwarming experience.

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