Malawi team visit No. 1, 2019

We have two teams visiting from the UK this year, during September-October. The first has just departed and will, among many tasks,  be working to help set up lens cutting machines at Embangweni CCAP mission hospital, and Mzimba government hospital. The machines, sent from the UK, have just arrived in a freight container (organised by Smileawi, our dentist friends).

Malawi 2019 team No 1
Ready for Africa: (l-r) Steven Thomson, Josie McKellar, Lianne Coe, David Tate, and Sue Kevan.

Another step towards making glasses to prescription locally

The objective of Focus on Malawi has always been to support the development of eye-care services that become locally sustainable. One more step in this process happened yesterday when a large consignment of donated uncut lenses  was delivered to Embangweni Hospital. Soon, another big step: the staff will be trained to cut and insert lenses into frames, ready for dispensing.

staff at Embangweni receive consignment of uncut lenses
Misheck and Phinious, staff at Embangweni eye clinic, receive a consignment of uncut lenses, delivered safely by Ben (top left).

 

Pub quiz win!

Meet ‘Almost Conscious’, a bunch of friends connected with Colchester Vineyard and supporting Focus on Malawi, who monthly pit their wits at the Alehouse quiz. Yesterday, they actually won, receiving the evening’s top prize of £62.00 — which they’ve donated to Focus on Malawi! Thank you team!

Next Goggle Works Friday 16 August, 19:30

Many complex factors contribute to poverty, but one simple contribution to fighting it is to help people to see better, so they can study and work. In fact, worldwide, half of all sight problems can be solved by using glasses to aid reading and close work. So join us on Friday 16 August in Colchester to help prepare another batch of secondhand glasses to send to our mission partners in Malawi. Starts 19:30 and there’ll be plenty of refreshments to keep you going. For more details, phone 01206 622712.