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A Day in the Life of a Seva Outreach Worker
Meet Mr. Leng Pisith.
Leng is a community eye health outreach worker based out of the Seva fi eld offi ce in Battambang, Cambodia. Each week Leng packs up his set of basic optometry tools and travels to remote communities throughout his assigned region of Cambodia along the border of Thailand.
The area he travels is rural and undeveloped with particularly high poverty rates. Signs along the roads warn of the presence of land mines that still riddle the fi elds. Farmers missing a leg or arm are a sad and all-too-common sight.
To reach isolated villages Leng travels on his Seva provided motorbike, riding for hours until the pavement ends — this is when his journey really begins.
Dirt roads quickly turn to muddy, washed out paths. Passing villages of thatch roof huts, Leng often fi nds himself in areas where there are no hospitals and no clinics.
Families in these villages live in poverty, or even extreme poverty (surviving on less than $1 per day) and struggle to grow enough food to sustain themselves.
As Leng rolls into the fi rst village, he explains "I cover as much as 120 miles each day. When I arrive in a village I fi rst meet with the community leadership and elders and plan for a group eye screening." With their blessing, he gains the trust of those who live in the surrounding area. Leng goes on to note "I'll work in the remote community for 5 days and screen approximately 40 people per day."
After locating a central place, he unpacks his eye exam tools and prepares for the fi rst day of screenings. The eye chart Leng has brought looks a bit different as it does not have a variety of letters as we are used to, but rather has been designed so that he can provide eye exams where more than one in four who come to have their eyes checked are illiterate.
As word spreads throughout the village, community members line up to have their vision checked. Many are elderly and arrive led by a grandchild. These elders often are unable to even see the eye charts, suffering from mature cataracts that have clouded their vision leaving them to struggle with blindness. It is a common story for Leng to hear that the child who led them is not in school. With their parents busy in the fi elds tending to the crops, the child is left home to care for their grandparent who would be otherwise helpless at home alone.
Other patients who arrive suffer from eye injuries, infections, and other potentially blinding and often painful conditions.
Leng carefully evaluates each person who comes to have their eyes checked. He explains that donors to Seva will provide them with whatever it is they need so that they will be able to see clearly again.
For children, this may mean simply providing a pair of prescription glasses, allowing them to see the blackboard, to stay in school, and hopefully allowing them a chance at a better future.
For the elders and those who have conditions that require corrective surgery, Leng arranges free transportation to the Seva funded eye clinic in Battambang.
Here, thanks to Seva's generous donors, these patients receive world-class eye care. For the many with cataracts, a 15-minute surgery with a man-made lens implant restores their sight, providing a new lease on life.
These services, even just the cost of travel to see a doctor, would have been prohibitive to these rural villagers.
World Health Organization fi gures estimate that around the globe 80% of blindness can be prevented or cured.
Leng notes that "The best part of my job is seeing the success rate of the eye care and teaching people about the services." He goes on to explain "when I can show them someone who has already had a successful treatment, they are not so afraid of the eye care."
"One patient I identifi ed could not see anything at all, not even the faces of his grandchildren. Thanks to Seva he was able to receive surgery. I was there when he fi rst saw his grandchildren, and he also recognized me. He called out to thank me for bringing him to the clinic."
Thanks to outreach workers like Leng and Seva donors like you, we have restored eyesight to nearly 3.5 million people around the globe.