City students eye examinations thanks to Singapore Lions
Students in the capital are getting free eye examinations thanks to Vientiane Education and Sports Department with support from the Lions Club of Singapore, Singapore Polytechnic and supporters.
An the opening ceremony for the project was attended by Minister of Education and Sports, Ms Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun on Monday.
Free examinations are being offered between June 16-20 under the Gift of Sight for the School Children's project.
A senior from the project said the activity was part of the Gift of Sight for School Children's project in the four target districts of Vientiane, namely Chanthabouly , Sikhottabong , Xaysettha and Sisattanak .
The project is expected to benefit up to 3,000 to 4,000 students and aims to serve communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding.
Lions Clubs cooperate with local authorities and other service organizations to carry out services programs to provide assistance to those in need, distress and in disaster relief responses.
Ambassador of Singapore to Laos , Mr Dominic Goh Kian Swee, addressed the Opening Ceremony of Lions' Gift of Sight to Laos on Monday in Vientiane.
He said the Lions Club of Singapore had commenced cooperation projects in Laos more than 20 years ago, building three schools, an old age home and a training centre at the Ophthalmology Centre in Laos.
He said Lens Crafters Foundation had provided a team of doctors, technical staff, equipment and recycled eyeglasses and the Lions team coordinated with Lao authorities for local logistical support.
The Foundation had decided to concentrate on assisting students in this mission, he said
The publishing team helped to publish Laos mission brochures to create awareness and fund raising.
The logistics team helps on the transportation of equipment, volunteers and hotel accommodations.
Finally an IT team created a database program to monitor the students' eyes sight conditions, he said
All Singapore volunteers are paying for their own airfares, hotel, food and their own expenses for this mission.
Various projects had benefitted more than 70,000 Lao people in total.
The effort is part of an increasing trend of able Singaporeans who have been coming to the country for the purposes of community service and service-learning projects, he added.
He explained that many of these projects involve the construction of facilities, such as multi-purpose halls, classrooms and fences for villages and schools as well as teaching of skills such as English and IT.
The club had previously carried out similar Gift of Sight programmes in the Lao PDR between 1998 and 2007.
The Lions Club of Singapore is a non-profit registered society which is part of the Lions Clubs International network.
By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update June 15, 2016)