Two optometrists from Specsavers West Bromwich helped improve the eyesight of more than 600 people living in Burundi as part of a volunteer project organized by the Global Relief Trust.

Majid Jawaid and Abrar Zaman, optometrists and store directors at Specsavers West Bromwich, spent five days in Burundi, East Africa at the end of January.

Based at a community centre, the pair were part of a team of volunteer optometrists who worked to help improve the eyecare of the local people.  Over the course of their visit, the team carried out some 40 cataract operations. 

Humbling experience

‘Although I knew that Burundi is one of the poorest nations in the world, I still wasn’t quite prepared for just quite how hard life is for those living there,’ commented Majid. ‘But, Abrar and I quickly got to work and it was so heartwarming, not only to help those people with their vision needs but also to hear how grateful they were.  It was the most humbling experience.’

Global Relief Trust

Global Relief Trust is a charity based in the United Kingdom, working across the globe.  Its dedicated teams have vast experience and expertise working in conflict and disaster-hit zones. It has excellent links with local communities, ensuring that aid delivery is effective and efficient. The charity also supports local projects in the UK.

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