We joined Dr. Gustavo Suarez, who is a top Ophthalmologist in Quito and also a member of the Rotary Club Quito Norte, to help him out with his amazing work helping children in need. We will donate $5 of each order to help!
Children with new eyeglasses
He developed a project for his foundation, which is registered in Ecuador and has been working since 1974. Dr. Gustavo Suarez is also one of the founders of Hospital Metropolitano de Quito.
Fundacion Vista para los Ciegos has all the tools for the children in need. The Foundation has it’s own infrastructure, which complies with the highest of the standards, they have 5 offices with all the equipment needed, 1 unit for surgery with two operating rooms, plus 1 diagnosis office with the latest technology available. They perform eye exams and can also elaborate glasses.
Our goal to raise funds is for a specific program that they are working on. They train teachers in rural schools and provide them with material so the teachers can evaluate the children at their schools.
A teacher checking children’s eyes
The program helps to identify if a children has problems in their eyes. This first test provides some basic information to the doctors, which later take the children to their offices and provide a more comprehensive test and perform exams.
Teachers evaluate children at the schools and then the children go to the doctor’s offices. When children get evaluated the results are diverse, some may even need surgery, but the Foundation covers most of the costs.
Some numbers: 0.2% of the children that went through evaluation need surgery, 13% of the children need eyeglasses. The cost to evaluate each child is $14.50, which is paid in full by the foundation.
We are trying to get more funds to reach even more communities in rural places around Quito. With early treatment we can prevent future problems and improve the quality of life of many kids. I would like to know that we are doing a little to help the ones in need.
At the Doctor’s Office
So this Christmas you can enjoy some beautiful Roses from Ecuador but you can also help this Foundation raise money and help more children. We will share more detail information about the information if you request. Help us help children in Ecuador.
Dr. Gustavo Gonzalez (Foundation Member)