Prina Ruparel

Everyone says our sight is the most precious sense we have which we wouldn't like to lose. In the U.K, we have very easy access to eye care which is affordable if not free. We are able to get glasses made very quickly and be referred for treatment if need be. We forget how much we take out sight for granted as people in developing countries have limited assess to eyecare. This is due to the lack of trained optometrists, health care professionals and the high costs of spectacles which may not be affordable. I have always wanted to help those that are less fortunate than ourselves and having read the stories of how VAO has changed people's lives I have decided to undertake a 2 week assignment in Ghana. The first week will be based at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where I will be teaching optometry students various practical skills and the second week will consist of outreach trips to rural areas to carry out eye examinations ourselves.

I am hoping to raise £1700 for Vision Aid Overseas to continue with their amazing work!

Prina Ruparel