After our long but extremely rewarding day of distributing the glasses, I asked Patrick if he would write about his experience so I could share it with all of you. He was honored by the request. Here are his words:
On Thursday, June 4, 2009, Sister Nicole schedules a time on Monday, June 8, 2009 to distribute reading glasses which she received from Eyes On Africa. It was an interesting schedule where she had to pick up her calendar and figure out her least busy day out of all her plans for the week.
I shared the information with the elders of the community and the people as well, on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, respectively.
The venue chosen for the program was Presbyterian’s Edem Chapel in Gbi-Wegbe, in the Volta Region of Ghana. The day has finally come and all the preparations made by Sister Nicole prove that everything is going to work out well.
To our surprise, upon reaching the venue, the people of the community filled the chapel and quickly, we entered, greeted the people, and prayed to God to be with us through the program. The health assistant present was Madam Charity Amponi with Sister Nicole and Patrick.
I must say here that Sister Nicole is a wonderful person. Though not a nurse, when she tested what an eye could read using the criterion on which the glasses were to be given out, she picked the correct level of glasses. When the people put on the glasses, they were like “I can read this Bible now, I can see and read, thank you.” I hope you can all see the joy that fell upon the people of the community yesterday.
I must commend Sister Nicole and Eyes on Africa for the wonderful job they have done in the lives of the people of the Gbi-Wegbe community. The day was tiresome though on a whole, everything was successful.
Sister Nicole is a wonderful person who someone should know – her social life and everything about her – her coming to Ghana through Christ Orphanage for the matter as Raymond has also done a lot of good for to Gbi-Wegbe community.
We are informing you that sight glasses are also needed. Thanks to the organizers of this program, especially Sister Nicole, Eyes On Africa, her mom, friends, sister, and of course, the Elders of the Gbi-Wegbe community.