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Give Sight to Children in Vietnam

by Project Orbis International Inc (Singapore) Ltd
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Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam
Give Sight to Children in Vietnam

Dear friends,

Since you started giving to Orbis’s child eye health program in Vietnam in October last year through GlobalGiving, we have successfully served 3,582 children*.

We screened 722 premature babies for a blinding eye condition called Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and referred 22 cases for laser treatment. This condition affects babies who are very premature (those who are born more than 12 weeks early) or babies with low birth weight. As the baby is born early or small, the development of blood vessels in the eye is not complete and may become abnormal, and the baby develops ROP.

It’s important that we screen premature babies for ROP regularly to spot any abnormal growth of the blood vessels in the eye and monitor the growth. If left untreated in later stages, these little ones may become permanently blind. They will have to live their entire lives in darkness and will have to grow up never knowing how their parents look like.

Another 2,788 children received eye examination, spectacles, treatment and minor surgery at Can Tho Eye Hospital.

It is estimated that 80% of learning is visual – without good eyesight, children won’t be able to see their textbooks or blackboard well enough to learn. Some children even drop out of school since it is not meaningful or productive to be in school.

Sometimes, all they need is a simple, cost-effective pair of spectacles.

With the funds raised on GlobalGiving, we conducted eye screenings at schools and gave out correctly prescribed spectacles to students who need them. Many students have given feedback that they are happy that they can finally see clearly and can study and play with their friends!

All these could not have been possible without the support of donors like you. On behalf of the little patients whom we serve and the healthcare professionals whom we mentor and work alongside with – thank you.

 

*Figures are as of 31 March 2018 as we get quarterly reports from our partners.

 

With gratitude,
Jasmine

A student having her eyes checked
A student having her eyes checked
A student choosing her spectacles
A student choosing her spectacles
A student admiring her new spectacles
A student admiring her new spectacles
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Happy Phuc after his surgery
Happy Phuc after his surgery

Phuc is a 14-year-old boy living in Hue, central Vietnam. His father left the family and his mother makes farmers’ hats for a living. Bach Phuc and his mother live in his maternal grandparents’ house.

Although Phuc is 14 this year, he looks like an 8-year-old child. He has malnutrition and is severely stunted.

Phuc also had ptosis, which means that his eyelid was droopy. His droopy eyelid prevented him from seeing things clearly. In fact, he had trouble seeing the words on the blackboard and his grades were affected. His friends also often made fun of him and teased him.

At a screening program organised at his school, Orbis and our partner team identified him with eye problem and referred him to the base hospital for diagnosis and treatment.

Phuc had his surgery at Hue Eye Hospital, free of charge. Phuc can now see everything clearly and can even help his mother in making farmers’ hats! Most importantly, he has made great progress at school and is on his way to achieving his dream of becoming a teacher.

Phuc and his mother are extremely happy and they would like to thank all donors, Orbis and Hue Eye Hospital for saving his sight and making his future brighter. Phuc hopes that many children with eye diseases in Vietnam can receive the same support as he did! 

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A huge thank you to all donors who have supported this project. Your contribution has helped many children like Phuc improve their eyesight, studies and most importantly, their quality of life.

International Women's Day is coming up on 8 February and we are excited to be part of GlobalGiving's Girl Fund campaign! You can contribute to the campaign here. This project helps us train women in Bangladesh to run vision centres and treat women in rural communities.

Before his surgery, Phuc had droopy eyelid
Before his surgery, Phuc had droopy eyelid
Phuc making farmers' hats after surgery
Phuc making farmers' hats after surgery

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Thank you!

Dear friends,

As we enter this holiday season, this season of giving, I want to also take the time to thank you for your gift and support. I’m heartened by the positive response that we received for our first ever project on GlobalGiving.

92 of you gave to Orbis and said “yes” to reducing needless visual impairment and blindness. You believed that with sight, individuals, families and communities are transformed. Your gift will help a little one see clearly in school again, and help his/her caretaker, usually the mother, return to work.

With the funds raised on GlobalGiving, the team in Vietnam is currently working with our partners and vendors to:

- Raise awareness of eye diseases so that parents, teachers, community and health workers can spot symptoms of eye diseases earlier and get the child treated before it’s too late.

  • Develop a guideline for awareness education on eye health in schools and communities.
  • Design and print books and posters to raise awareness of common eye diseases among children.
  • Make a 3-minute animated video on Retinopathy of Prematurity, a blinding eye condition that affects premature and low birth weight babies.

- Provide equipment and infrastructure to create a child-friendly environment for children’s eye treatment.

  • Purchase medical equipment for Can Tho Children Hospital so that Orbis-trained doctors in partner hospitals can continue treating the little ones in Vietnam for years to come.
  • Purchase furniture for Can Tho Eye Hospital’s newly renovated Child Eye Care Centre to provide a safe and warm environment for child patients.

Thanks to this amazing community of supporters, this project is 90% funded. But our work in Vietnam is not done. Millions more children need our help. We are expanding this project to USD50,000 to benefit other regions of Vietnam such as Central Vietnam and Binh Dinh, and you can help to make this happen.

We’ll share more updates in the next progress report in March 2018 so that you’ll know how we have progressed. We'll also let you know when is GlobalGiving’s biggest bonus matching day, the day when you can maximise your impact and help us get bonus funds.

From all of us at Orbis, thank you for helping a child see clearly again.

P.S. If you would like to still donate in the mean time, you can click on the "give now" button below. GlobalGiving is doubling your first month's donation till 31 Dec 2017!

World Sight Day 2017 in Can Tho
World Sight Day 2017 in Can Tho
Eye Screening on World Sight Day 2017
Eye Screening on World Sight Day 2017

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Project Orbis International Inc (Singapore) Ltd

Location: Singapore - Singapore
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Orbis Singapore
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Orbis Singapore
Singapore, Singapore

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