Carefully wrapped up in the clothes packed away in Mary Stanton’s suitcase were four hundred pairs of reading glasses to be distributed to the visually impaired of Xela, Guatemala. Over the course of her eight-day trip with EnvisionFulbright, Mary, a member of the Minnesota chapter, conducted hundreds of eye exams at five clinics set up at schools and community centers in the area.
“Most of the recipients of glasses were women, many who struggled with reading, sewing, and weaving,” Stanton reports. In addition, many children also received the much needed reading glasses, among them a young boy who had to hold his schoolbooks and papers two inches from his face and squint to read them. Stanton recalls his mother being “so happy when he had glasses on and could read a good twelve inches away.”
“We believe people deserve better health care than many are receiving. We will help others and continue to improve the lives of underserved people in other countries and at home.”
As soon as they put their glasses on for the first time, the appreciation of the friendly and gracious people of Xela was evident in their smiling and sometimes surprised expressions. Some even demonstrated their gratitude with hugs, kisses, and blessings for Mary and the EnvisionFubright team.
Read Mary’s blog from her trip