Below is a list of the trips AMIGOS Eye Care has planned for the current Academic Year.
It is the goal of AMIGOS Eye Care to return to the same sites year after year, providing eye care and building relationships, until a self-sustaining presence can be established.
Dates: March 2024
Team Size: 16
This March, AMIGOS Eye Care will be working with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation (Fundación Humanitaria Costarricense). This service trip will be the 12th mission sending Amigos members to serve communities in Costa Rica and our third time working with CRHF, as well as being our first time returning to Costa Rica since 2019. A team of 12 optometry students, 3 doctors, and 1 volunteer will be serving the community of La Carpio in San Jose, comprised of over 35,000 Nicaraguan refugees that have been displaced due to civil war, natural disasters, and poverty that resulted in severe food scarcity. We are estimating seeing approximately 1,000 patients, providing them with complete eye health exams and glasses.
There are many expenses involved with organizing and realizing our international eye care mission trip. These expenses include travel, lodging, food, and equipment necessary for providing care to underserved communities. However, as the majority of our team members are students, the costs associated with airplane travel, in-country transportation, meals, and hotel fees are still substantial.
Various organizations and individuals such as yourself have been very gracious in donating used eyeglasses and diagnostic equipment. Your generous donation to our campaign will help us to offset those costs for our students to help make an impact in the La Carpio community that otherwise has little access to eye care.
We greatly appreciate your consideration in donating any amount that you are capable of giving. Providing vision care for an underserved population is a very fulfilling endeavor and the gratitude shown by the people in need goes much beyond words.
If you are interested in donating, please visit the links below:
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