MISSION-To Deliver God's Ultimate Vision Plan to the Poor People of the Philippines
VISION- To provide free quality comprehensive eye examinations, eye glasses, eye medications and surgeries to the poor people of the Philippines . To dramatically improved the lives of the poor with a pair of simple eyeglasses or cataract surgeries, enhancing their ability to increase earning power, public safety and educational opportunities.
E-Energy ---we have Energy! --with our fellow volunteers, donors, we bring energy to our patients, we love what we do, its our calling in life,
Y-Yes We can, Yes to transparency & accountability because we ALL VOLUNTEER and Yes to maintaining our patient dignity.
E-Enthusiasm with our infectious smiles, to bring passion and inspire others to bring their best
S- Seeing patients smile is to realize it is the greatest return of investment of our TIME and EFFORTS to have continuing missions throughout the year.
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IN A COUNTRY (The Philippines) WITH 7,107 ISLANDS, HOW DO YOU HELP THE POOR PEOPLE SEE BETTER? YOU BRING THE MOBILE EYE CLINIC TO THEM.
When President / Founder Dr. James H.
Weyrich began the foundation with his focus on helping the poor people in the
Philippines. He envisioned to starting a clinic and having the people come
to the clinic. Then realized that the Philippines is one of the most challenging
countries of the world to provide quality health care. The reason being it is
separated by so many islands (7,107 Islands) of which around 1000 are inhabited.
Only the larger islands have access to health care and vision care. The poor
people that live outside of the few larger islands can only get treatment by
taking public transportation to the ferry boat terminal, take a ferry boat to
the port of an island that has an eye doctor. From there, they have to take
public transportation from the ferry to the doctors office, pay for the exam and
then pay for the glasses, wait until the glasses are fabricated and then proceed
home. Most cannot afford even the first public transportation ride let alone
paying for vision services. That is the beauty of having a self contained "Eye
Clinic on Wheels" We can ferry the 40 foot converted bus to most of the
islands and provide these services to the indigents on the remote islands. The
downside to the mobile clinic is the expense to ship it. It is well
worth the trouble and expense to see the smiles, feel the tears and hear the
shouts of joy when they see for the first time in their life or see again after
year of not seeing.
Pictures of the new branch office location, The Missionaries of the Child Jesus with their staff and the EyeCare WeCare Missions Director Ed Damilao (grey T shirt) and the Philippine EyeCare WeCare Director Susan Damilao (pink T Shirt)
"Smiles on their faces and hopes in their hearts" are always the final result of EyeCare WeCare Foundation's vision missions, these pictures are courtesy of Erik Jackson who took them on the January 2013 Medical Vision Mission in Olongapo.
THE FOUNDATION NEEDS YOUR HELP
The Mobile Clinic Restoration Project -- Urgent help needed
The Signature of the foundation is its mobile vision clinic. We can drive our clinic to any venue in the Philppines. This converted passenger bus after being converted 8 years ago. I has been on many ferry boat rides to transport it to each mission and also it has had many miles put on it. It is on its 3rd set of tires (now brand new). The salt water has damaged the bus big time with lots of rust. It has been leaking from the roof rotting out the interior of the clinic and it needs new paint and graphics.
This the front of the mobile clinic -- we are concerned that the front windshield could fall out if we hit a bump and damage to rear of bus
The logo on the back of the bus has faded out completely, all the seats have worn through and rust on underside of the entire bus
ESTIMATED COST TO DO THE BODYWORK, REBUILD INTERIOR CABINETS, REPAIR THE FLOOR, PAINT INSIDE AN OUT, SEAL ALL THE LEAKS IN THE ROOF AND TO REPLACE THE GRAPHICS IS $8,500 - THIS IS A NEGOTIATED LOW PRICE. IT CANNOT BE TAKEN THE TO THE NEXT BIG MISSION IN JANUARY 2016 UNLESS IT FIXED NOW. IT IS NOT SAFE TO DRIVE THE WAY IT IS .
YOUR HELP IS DESPERATELY NEEDED!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!
EYECARE WECARE DOES MORE THAN PROVIDE EYE EXAMINATIONS, FREE EYEGLASSES AND MEDICATIONS -- IT PROVIDES FREE EYE SURGERY
Cataract Surgery restores her vision and now she will be able to see again -- young man with cataract before surgery -- we are blessed to have local Filipino Doctors volunteering their skills to do the cataract surgeries and are happy to be able to give back to the poor in their communities.
The WHO (World Health Organization) lists uncorrected refractive error and the second leading cause of blindness in the world with only cataracts topping the list. This where EyeCare WeCare foundation is helping in a large way. The mobile clinic carries with it on every vision mission over 50,000 pairs of graded recycled eyeglasses. Most of the indigents can have a pair of eyeglasses that is very close to what they need, in a matter of minutes following the examination. The Foundation wants to reach out to the poor people of the world and to restore their vision. The foundation appeals to individuals, civic organizations, religious organizations, fraternal organizations, corporate organizations, and other philanthropic foundations to help help contribute to the foundation so it can reach more people.
ANALYN GETS AN ARTIFICIAL EYE AND CHANGES HER ENTIRE LIFE
Analyn lives in Lemery, Batangas. She comes from a very indigent family of 10 (Mother above) children and came to our free clinic on June 1, 2011 (see latest mission news) At age two her left eye was injured which resulted in a bad corneal scar (left). She was so self conscious about her eye that she dropped out of school 3 years ago. Dr Weyrich, along with mission sponsors, Bayani Diokno, Cris Cueto arranged the surgery to remove the injured eye so an artificial eye could be fitted. Fe Smith, a volunteer from Lemery and sister of sponsor Cris Cueto, took her many times to Manila (8 hr round trips) until Analyn had her left eye removed and received her artificial eye that was made and donated by Dr. Antonio "Tony" Joson in Manila.
June 11, 2012 Dr Weyrich met with Analyn for the first time since she had the surgery and artificial left eye. Fe Smith, who drove her to Manila many times for the surgery and her new eye ( lady with the glasses) also pictured are Ed (Philippine Missions Director for EyeCare WeCare Foundation, Philippines) and his wife Susan Damilao, in the red - (Director EyeCare WeCare Philippines) sponsors of the Pampanga (May 2010) and latest mission in Laguna (May 2012) Ananlyn has now graduated from high school. Her life has truly changed since she came to our free clinic in Batangas five years ago. We never improved her eyesight, but we helped change her life. She now has a much greater self esteem and has given great joy for her new beginning in life. Praise God for all the many people involved in making this possible.
FACTS AND FIGURES FOR THE FOUNDATION
EyeCare WeCare Foundation, Inc.; based in the United States; registered 501 (c) (3) not for profit; Christian; international organization; that does medical vision missions currently in the Philippines. It provides eye examinations ; eye medications; eyeglasses and provides for eye surgeries all at no cost to the prescreened indigents. The foundation has a branch office in the Philippines that is registered with the Philippine government under SEC (Security Exchange Commission) The foundations target population is the rural poor who do not have access to, nor financial resources for, vision services. The foundation has no paid administrators nor paid staff, everyone volunteers. The foundations' last mission was its 19th Medical Vision Mission April 2015 in Makati, near Metro Manila, Philippines, A total of 25,333 people receiving free eyeglasses since 2005 and 602 indigents have received cataract surgeries. The foundation is living up to it's motto: "Delivering God's ultimate vision plan to the poor"
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