Sové Lavi & VOSH-PA Host Eye Care Mission
Fourteen hundred Haitians received free eye exams May 22-28, 2016 because of the good work of 18 volunteers from the Volunteer Optometrists Serving Humanity of Pennsylvania (VOSH-PA) and the staff and Board members of Sové Lavi (Saving Lives).
This is the 5th year VOSH has partnered with Sové Lavi to provide eye care to the underserved in the Artibonite Valley.
The VOSH team included volunteers ranging in 16-80 years of age and from diverse locales as Los Angeles, Vancouver, Boise, Iowa, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.
In addition to the 1400 that received eye exams, 97 had cataract surgery and 11 received glaucoma treatment. An eighteen month old had treatment for a soft tissue tumor on her eyelid.
Dr. Paul Halpern, who led the VOSH team and was joined by his wife, Anita, thanked the volunteer medical team and the donors who supported their trip with thise words,
“We, and they, the Haitian people, thank you for making this work possible. They have nothing. It’s hard to imagine that but it’s true. Without volunteer missions like ours and without your support and generosity, these people would be blind. Anita and I think you from the bottom of our hearts.”
This is the 13th year the Halpern’s have volunteered in Haiti.