Ongoing Sustainability Efforts: Sight
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Ongoing Sustainability Efforts: Sketches
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Project El Cajon: 2017 | Sight
Attendees were able to choose from a collection of frames to be sent to a lab. Once the glasses are ready, they will be sent to the case managers for distribution. 62 pairs of glasses were dispensed as well as patient education and tips regarding ocular health for continuity of care.
Project El Cajon: 2017 | Sketches
Upon their departure from our event, attendees were given relaxation art packets with a bilingual instruction page in English and Arabic. Children, teenagers and adults each had different packets with varying difficulties according to age group.
Our next step is to showcase the collaborative artworks created during the event in different Orange County venues to educate non-Syrians about the country’s natural beauty and history in an effort to combat media stereotypes.
Istanbul Project: 2016 | Sight
Although the patients seen obtained the necessary glasses to restore their sight, sustainability is key to make this project successful. Upon our return, we analyzed the patient data and developed a Power Point presentation that was later presented to the teachers and staff of these schools to emphasize the importance of routine eye exams, as well as provide them with an interactive workshop on how to detect the signs and symptoms of ocular issues in the classroom and playground. By doing this, we increase awareness and allow the teachers and staff to quickly detect new and existing students that need vision attention and direct them to the proper clinics so that a simple vision issue won’t prevent them from excelling in their new school and adjusting to the new environment they find themselves in.
Education is one of the key solutions to aiding the Syrian refugee situation, and we would like to continue our efforts in providing the tools for these kids’ success.
In November, our Optometrist revisited the same schools the team examined earlier this year in Istanbul and conducted hands-on workshops and presentations to 40 K-12 teachers. The workshops served as a training for trainers in order to increase awareness regarding ocular health, highlight the importance of vision exams, as well as provide teachers and school staff with the tools for early detection of vision issues. The training information and presentation were forwarded to the remaining 58 Syrian refugee schools in Istanbul in order to raise awareness regarding ocular health and preventative medicine. This allows the remaining teachers in the city to detect vision problems in their students in both the classroom and the playground. The presentations detailed analyzed statistics regarding the screenings and exams conducted last April. The 40 teachers who attended the forum are now able to facilitate workshops and train others in the importance of ocular health.
For continuity of care, our Optometrist served as a liaison between these schools and a local community clinic, successfully establishing a no-cost referral system between the clinic and the two K-12 schools to allow the students and faculty to be seen.
The team’s next step is to work with the LIONS Club International to provide the community clinic with glasses to be given at no cost to this population.
Istanbul Project: 2016 | Sketches
Some of the solidarity drawings and cards were given to the faculty and children of the schools while the remainder were used to create a permanent gallery on the walls of the interior playgrounds of the refugee schools in Istanbul during our visit. This way the children can have a constant reminder that the world has not forgotten them.
In an effort to engage the international community through the arts, our team is organizing gallery exhibitions to raise awareness of the Syrian Crisis. These galleries act as interactive awareness campaigns using drawings, paintings and installations, as well as documents the Istanbul Medical and Humanitarian Relief trip. Our team is in the process of sending exhibition proposals to various international galleries and universities.