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Bringing New Vision to Tougue
by Mary Dowling, Co-Director
The lines were long each day of the clinics held in Tougue, Guinea.
Despite somewhat primitive conditions - no phones or electricity unless one has a generator - the mission was very successful, thanks to the assistance of many:
Aissatou has her eyes examined.
• Sight Savers International
• Peace Corps
• Helen Keller International
• The Lions Foundation of Wisconsin, which provided eyeglasses for SRW to distribute
• Local church groups, Lions Clubs, civic groups and individuals, who provided financial support for the mission.
Dr Bechtel exams patient during eyeglass mission.
Never before had a mission group come to serve the people of Tougue.
It’s satisfying to know that we were able to bring such valuable service to Tougue. But there are other outcomes, which benefit us all and were evident in comments made by the people of Tougue as the mission came to a close. Not knowing much about SRW, they observed that even though we could have sent donations or material things to them, we choose not to do that and instead we traveled there with our equipment, at our expense, and worked with them to help their own people.
We left our families, work, comfort levels, familiar language and familiar food, and traveled far to deliver service and work with the local professionals. The fact that we gave of ourselves meant more to them than any material thing we could ever send them. Though there are many differences between our cultures and ways, our six days of life and work in this Muslim country brought about new friendships and built bridges whose value we may never realize but from which we will all benefit.
Special thanks to team members Robert Bechtel MD, Eric Steffen MD, and Mary Dowling RN.
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