30 Apr

I-See in Uganda

When Wendy Bjurstrom visited Village of Hope Uganda back in August, Dr. Mac and Nurse Susan commented on the number of children at the orphanage who were having trouble seeing. Through donations, CompassioNow was able to purchase one I-See kit for Village of Hope founder Cindy Cunningham to take with her when she went to visit the villages in April of 2014.

The kit includes 2 lens ladders for determining lens power, 2 eye charts, a repair kit, all the necessary tools for conducting a full eye exam, a training DVD, and 200 pairs of glasses.

Steve Saint is the founder of I-Tec, the company that makes the eyeglass kits, as well as the portable dental chair that we sent to Mission Medic Air Zambia last Fall. The primary goal of I-Tec is to determine feasible ways to carry common medical procedures into parts of the world where electricity, clean water, and regular sanitation are considered luxuries. Says Saint, “The organization I started over a decade ago, I-Tec, is in the business of reinventing how things like fixing people’s teeth, curing malaria… are done so that people ‘at the end of the road and beyond’ can have a chance to feel good and see well. And, so they will be favorably disposed to hearing that the Creator of the universe cares about them and has plans for their lives. For years I have wanted to add a vision component to the unorthodox, but extremely practical, healthcare systems we have been reinventing so that those people referred to as ‘the least of these’ in Matthew 25 can find the physical and spiritual comfort they need, but seldom get.”

            Saint adds, “Here is what makes the I-See program so visionary. You dont just go to some far off land and fit a bunch of glasses and leave. No, the idea is that we will not only teach you how to determine who needs glasses… but we will also teach you to teach a local God Follower who lives where you are going, to continue doing what you started – after you leave. Sustainability is the key here.” It is Saint’s goal for those who receive his I-SEE kits to faithfully carry on the work of short-term missionaries long after they have returned. In an ideal case, the missionary will choose and train a successor who will eventually support themselves by offering the “Sight-Enhancement” services that they have learned. It is Saint’s great hope that this individual will ultimately “form a sustaining salary that allows him to spend full time distributing glasses and the Gospel Good News.”

Children at Village of Hope Children living at the Village of Hope Uganda

According to Saint, “In as little as one week and for as little as one to two thousand dollars we can make it possible for Indigenous God Followers to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of people who canʼt meet this need for themselves.”

We at CompassioNow are so excited to provide this service to the orphans at Village of Hope Uganda and see them flourish under the community’s care!

Children We are so excited to be able to see the photos of the kids with their new glasses and their new eyesight!

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