There are so many stories to tell and special moments that I don’t even know where to begin…but one of my favorite moments happened yesterday afternoon when we stopped in the village of Foudouk . The Woodabe are known for their magnificent embroidery but doing this detailed work takes a toll on the eyes. We had great success at the clinic with dispensing reading glasses, so we decided to make a trip into the field to fit these special women with new lenses.
When we arrived, the woman and children immediately began building a “home” for us with mats and shade blankets. We had a quiet lunch and spent the entire afternoon lounging around with the most charming Woodabe family.
I may not speak the language but here it doesn’t matter…we all understand each other perfectly and I have never felt more welcome being a total stranger. Leslie and Bob set up their mobile optometry kit and got to work while I took some photos and played with all the kids. By the time we left we had given out around 60 pairs of glasses! It was a great day…
P.S. from Leslie… Through the generosity of Sherry Grigsby from Eyes on Africa we had 98 pairs of eye glasses. We only have 15 left which will go back to the clinic.
Thank you Sherry! Now the Wodaabe women can make even more beautiful embroidery.