Optometry students in the UK are asking for donations to help them fund a charity trip to Malawi this summer. In total, 12 optometry students will travel around this African nation in July providing thousands of locals with free eye care screenings.
Emily Hancock, who is in her second year studying optometry at Cardiff University, said she is thrilled to be able to use the skills she’s learned at university to make a positive impact in the world. Besides studying at Cardiff University, Ms. Hancock works at Valli Opticians during school breaks.
The key areas Hancock and other student opticians will travel to include the cities of Chitipa, Mangochi, and the capital Lilongwe. Throughout the month-long trip, students hope to give 2,000 to 3,000 locals free vision screenings.
Besides giving out free eyes screenings, Hancock and fellow students will prioritize educating the public on the importance of eye health. To help improve the quality of eye care in Malawi after they leave, the British travelers will meet with local student opticians to share information on the latest and most effective vision screening techniques.
Malawi is a tiny southeastern African nation bordered by Tanzania, Zambia, and Mozambique. Founded as a British colony in 1891, Malawi finally won its independence in 1964. As of today, Malawi has a population of about 19 million.
Anyone who wants to learn more or donate to this charity trip to Malawi can check out the students’ Go Fund Me page here.