Eyes for Africa in Ethiopia restores vision for their future
Date: Wednesday 30 August 2020
Time: 12.00 pm AEST
11.30am SA | 12.00pm QLD | 11.30am NT | 10.00am WA
Julie was astonished at how many people were blind from cataracts as she had never witnessed preventable blindness from cataracts in Australia.
In March 2007, with her ophthalmic knowledge and experience in other developing countries, Julie decided to make a difference and established a not-for-profit, organisation to help overcome the issues of widespread preventable blindness in Ethiopia. So began Eyes for Africa Charitable Foundation (EFA).
Ethiopia has an estimated population of 96 633 458, including an estimated 1.2 million people who are blind, and an additional estimated 5 million people who suffer from preventable eye diseases which, if left untreated, will lead to blindness.
In order to encourage long term health benefits and capacity building in Ethiopia, EFA financially sponsored a local Ethiopian Ophthalmic Nurse, Seid Idris, to study for three years at Jimma University. Mr Idris gained honours and distinctions throughout his studies and, in December 2012, graduated as a Cataract Surgeon able to perform outreach cataract surgery in remote rural areas.
Julie is strongly supported by a volunteer committee and other volunteers from diverse backgrounds who share her vision.
Australian corporate and private donors alike, also contribute by donating medical supplies, expertise, advice, time and money to support EFA's vital work.
Since 2007, Julie has lead a group of volunteers to Ethiopia once or twice each year.
Volunteers all generously self fund their own airfares their food and accommodation during each trip.
EFA has restored sight to over 3000 disadvantaged women, men and children living in these remote areas.
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