The Student VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) groups are excited and willing to come on board to support the HIS Vision Project as we continue through this transitional process into our new clinic! We are looking for licensed Opticians to come alongside to help teach them the profession. These VOSH students are currently planning trips for November and December of 2014, and need Optometrists who are willing to raise their funds and make a difference not only in the lives of these students, but especially to the people of Haiti. The people of Haiti are in dire need of proper vision care, which can drastically alter their way of life.
-Melinda Wilson, ABOC
Date: May 29th, 2014
SUSTAINABLE EYE CLINIC OPEN AND OPERATIONAL IN HAITI
After months of planning and hard work, HIS vision is proud to announce that their eye clinic in Haiti is open and operational as of May 17th, 2014. The eye clinic, which is located in Cap Haitien, Haiti, offers a wide variety of optometry services for people, such as eye exams and treatment of eye injuries or diseases.
“The grand opening was very exciting and a blessing,” CEO, Melinda Wilson said. “A blessing not only to us, but to the people of Haiti.” Although the opening of the eye clinic is a huge accomplishment, HIS Vision continues to look forward to development and growth so that the clinic can offer more services to Haiti.
For Wilson, the most rewarding moment of her trip was the opening ceremony. “It was amazing; it was real,” Wilson recounts. “Receiving our first patients as an actual clinic was quite overwhelming…overwhelming in work, but also overwhelming with joy.”
According to the World Health Organization, one of the least expensive and most effective ways of fighting poverty is through the development of eye care. This is a fact that Wilson has truly taken to heart.
“It was exhilarating to be a part of something that could make a difference as far as poverty goes. We’re not only helping with visual needs, but we’re helping spiritually, and we feel that makes the most difference in the long run,” Wilson Said.