The Gambia Federation for the Disabled (GFD) recently received donation of about 500 myopia, longsighted, and shortsighted lenses from two Spanish: Javier De La Morena and Karmen Louzao. The lenses are geared towards improving the sights of people with visual problems.The presentation of the materials was held at GOVI resource centre in Kanifing. Ebrima Dibasey, GFD executive director, thanked the donors for the gesture, saying it would go a long way in helping people with visual impairment.
He said before they give the lenses to anyone, they would engage health workers in hospitals for the right prescriptions to be able to provide suitable lens to the individual. The GFD executive director said the organisation is engaged in different areas all geared towards improving the living standard of people with disabilities. Mr Dibasey said their programmes, supported by partners, are “drastically reducing” the number of disabled people in the streets.
Karmen Louzao, one of the donors, said the process of bringing lenses to The Gambia began when she decided to bring some for a Gambian friend who had visual problem. She said after that, they asked many of their friends in Spain to provide them with lenses for onward donation to The Gambia.That was how they were able to raise the 500 lenses donated to the GFD. Javier De La Morena, a donor, urged GFD to get the right prescriptions from doctors so that they would be able to provide statistics for right lenses in the future.
The Spanish said they are ready for a stronger collaboration with the GFD. The coordinator and board member of GFD, Lamin Manneh, expressed appreciation to the donors, saying the GFD is looking forward to having a strong and lasting collaboration with them.