In June 2014 Nyingjay-Yul-Foundation has organized another eye-camp at Tabo and Kaza in Spiti Valley, a very remote area in the Himalaya of North-India (district Lahore, state Himachal Pradesh).
The goals of this eye-project were to help local people with eye problems, to offer examination and check for possible patients who would need an eye operation urgently. This time, we were also able to offer and organize eye-operations at an eye-hospital in Palampur/H.P. Until now the medical facilities in Spiti Valley is very poor, and many of the people have a very low living standard.
Nyingjay-Yul-Foundation has hired an eye doctor from Delek Hospital and was very lucky, when a foreign traveler offered to work voluntarily for the eye-camp.
In June 2014, the route from Manali to Spiti Valley was blocked due to heavy snow fall. Therefore, the team of Nyingjay-Yul-Foundation had to travel from Dharamshala to Shimla, Rampur and Rekongpeo to reach Tabo, Spiti Valley from the south. At Rekongpeo, all of us had to take a special travel permit because this area is near to the Indian-Tibetan border. That route prolonged our traveling distance around 200 kilometers.
On 21st June 2014, our first eye-camp was hold at Serkong public school, Tabo with one eye-doctor, three local volunteers from Girls Hostel in Kaza, one foreign volunteer and two members of Nyingjay-Yul-Foundation. Around 350 students from Serkong School had their eyes checked.
On 22nd June 2014, we continued the camp for the public - around 100 local people around Tabo had their eyes checked.
On 23rd June 2014, our second eye-camp was hold at Girls Hostel in Kaza (the main city of Spiti) for both, local people and students of Government school. About 100 local people and 150 students had their eyes checked.
On 24th June 2014, we made around 60 new high powered eye glasses. At the same day some of the new eye glasses were distributed together with our sunglasses and readymade eye glasses, which we brought from Switzerland.
On 25th June 2014, we went to Kee-Old-Aged Home like last year and made a special eye check for 12 old aged people who would eventually need an eye-operation.
During our three days camp, we found 9 possibly patients who would need an eye-operation. We also checked their heart and blood pressure. Dr. Tsering Norbu choosed four younger patients who would be fit for an eye-operation and for the long trip to the eye-hospital. After a long communication with their family members, two patients agreed to have their eye(s) operated in Mela Mal Rotary eye-hospital in Palampur: one man from Tabo and one woman from Kaza.
In October 2014, Nyingjay-Yul-Foundation made an appointment with the woman of Kaza, Spiti Ama Sonam Dolma, aged 57 and belonging to a very poor family.
Ama Sonam Dolma came all the way from Spiti together with one of her sons to Manali. There Mr. Dorjee Tsering awaited her and took her to a Hotel in Dharamsala and next day to Mela Mel Rotary eye Hospital, Palampur. Mr. Dorjee Tsering looked after her after the operation in the Mela Mal Rotary eye Hospital. The operation was very successful and Spiti Ama Sonam Dolma could go back to Manali and Spiti few days after the operation.
Nyingjay-Yul-Foundation made full payment for the eye-operation (the hospital fees included) as well as for the travel expenses, the lodging and the food expenses of both, mother and son.
Nyingjay-Yul-Foundation is very happy to express its sincerest thank to Dr. med. U. Keller, Switzerland for her collection of money during her 80th birthday-celebration and her generous donation to Nyingjay-Yul-Foundation. Without her generous help, Nyingjay-Yul-Foundation couldn’t have offered a free eye-operation for the people of Spiti Valley.
We also like to thank Mr. Tsering Norbu, who communicated with the responsible persons of Tabo, Kaza and the Kee-Old Aged Home during our free eye-camp in Spiti Valley 2014 and for the eye-operation in October 2014.
And we also like to thank Ingrid for collecting and transporting a large number of sunglasses and reading glasses.