It’s easy to take things for granted in life. One of those things is the ability to see clearly. Even if we wake up with blurry vision, we reach for our glasses or contact lenses and then we are ready to go. We can even get a simple surgery that gives us clear vision for life if we want. The thought of having to live with poor vision is one that we really don’t need to entertain because of the resources available to us.
For our clients in El Salvador, things are not so easy. Many of them live on the streets or in extreme poverty and corrective lenses are a luxury that is simply not available to them. They don’t have the money or insurance coverage necessary. As their vision fades, they struggle with things like headaches and eye strain. Some of them even lose the ability to read and write because they can’t see clearly what is in front of them.
This past month, all of that changed for many of our clients and their friends and families. We had the privilege of hosting a team of eye doctors through His Servants Ministries (HSM). They ran eye clinics at the Lighthouse Project, and at the rural health clinic we assist with in partnership with Latin American Children’s Fund. By the end of their time with us, 945 people had the opportunity to receive eye exams and will soon be receiving the corrective lenses they need to improve their lives.
Thank you so much HSM for working hard to serve the people of El Salvador and for helping them to see the world in a whole new way!
Eye exams at the clinic
Even the littlest patients had their vision tested
Reading the eye charts
Starting each day off in prayer
Thank you HSM team!
Waiting to see the doctors
Eye exams at the Lighthouse Project