Free Eye Exam and Glasses Given to Patients from Burma in Thailand
09 February 2012: A team of Burma Eyecare Project consisting of an optometrist, pastor and translator from Canada has provided a free eye exam and glasses to more than 130 patients from Burma in Thailand.
Dr. Bruce Dornn, Pastor Salai Indiana Cung Cin and Salai Za Ceu Lian from Winnipeg gave their humanitarian services at four locations including a Christian church in Chiang Mai and Bangkok for four days earlier this week.
Pastor Salai Indiana Cung Cin, originally from Hakha, Chin State, told Chinland Guardian: “This is the first trip we have made as a team of Burma Eyecare Project and it has been very successful by the grace of God. We are glad that a lot of people from Burma based in Thailand turned up. Sadly we didn’t have enough time to see them all.”
“The team, especially Dr. Bruce Dornn and Salai Za Ceu Lian, has been working so hard and thanks to our friends in Canada who made contributions and donations to make this trip and project possible. We would like to request your earnest prayers for our remaining journey and work along the border,” added the Chin pastor.
Each patient is given a free eye exam, cataract evaluation and glaucoma test while others requiring prescription eye glasses receive new eye-wear made specifically to suit their eye requirements.
One of the Karen patients said: “We know that we have eye problems but we can’t afford to go to eye clinic and buy a pair of glasses. Now that the Canadian team came, we felt that our prayers have been answered.”
Thanking the team for making such a ‘noble’ mission for ethnic people from Burma stranded in Thailand, a Chin patient named Flora Mawi said: “We are most impressed by the fact that they do not forget us even though they live in a good country far away from ours.”
The team are scheduled to continue their humanitarian visit to four refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border this month.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang