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| p.1 #1 · Patient portrait - Cusco, Peru |
As some of you may know, I was in Peru a couple of weeks ago doing some volunteer work in Cusco, Peru. The intent of the mission was to help people with serious eye issues/impediments. Through the help of many charities and donations (local and abroad), we were able to bring down thousands of glasses, medical equipment and a lot of basic medicine.
Over the course of 4 long days, we were able to assess and help roughly 2,000 people. The vast majority had never had their eyes examined and it was pretty sad seeing kids unable to see anything 10 feet away or older people with cataracts so bad that their vision was reduced to peripheral at best. I think the person that encapsulated best the 4 day mission was a state worker who could not speak, could barely hear and had virtually no vision left. We were able to refer him to a local specialist.
Here's a portrait of one of our patients. Her eyesight was terrible and all she wanted was the ability to differentiate between a 2 and 5 soles coin so that people couldn't take advantage of her.
During my downtime, I visited family and decompressed in and around Cusco, a very beautiful city if you've never been. I was also lucky enough to be there during Peru's independence day. What was interesting about being there on that day is the bullfighting event that happens in Cotabambas, a small village roughly 180KM or 6 hours away from Cusco. The villagers catch a condor in the mountains a few days before independence day and eventually, strap it to the back of a bull and do some bullfighting. It's a pretty spectacular event, and I wrote about it on my site. You can find the link here: http://cuibono.ca/events/bullfighting/
and I posted about it here as well: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1140233
Have a great evening everyone